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Brain Injury Awareness Training

Headway Suffolk and ProTrainings have teamed up with the aim of raising awareness about brain injury and concussion through online video training.

The course covers:

The common cause; the brain; stages of a brain injury; strokes and brain injury; concussion; the effects of a brain injury; the need for early intervention; supporting someone with a brain injury; mobility difficulties; communication difficulties; behaviour that challenges; change in personalities; rehabilitation; left side neglect; sexually inappropriate behaviour.

Sign up and start learning today at: www.proheadinjury.co.uk.

First Aid Success For Clients

Brain injury survivors have learned vital first aid skills through training sessions at Headway Suffolk that has been made possible by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership funding.

Five Suffolk residents, who are gaining rehabilitation and re-learning life skills at charity Headway following a brain injury or a neurological condition, recently passed a course that tested their competence at giving first aid treatment.

This is a notable addition to their CV for employers as they look to be work-ready, get back into work or into voluntary employment.

In April last year New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership awarded Headway Suffolk £20,000 to equip clients with the necessary skills and knowledge to return to the work environment.

On March 29, representatives of Headway Suffolk’s Board of Trustees presented the clients with the certificates of achievements.

The occasion was also attended by Suffolk Community Foundation, who facilitated the grant, and certificates presented by their grants manager Andrea.

Headway Suffolk supports 250 people who have an acquired brain injury or a neurological condition every week with rehabilitation and therapy at its hubs, in the community and at home throughout Suffolk and south Norfolk.

Only 4 weeks until flagship Cycle Ride!

Our flagship fundraiser is just around the corner as it enters its ninth year on Saturday 20 May – and you’ve still got time to join in the fun!

Can you help Headway reach the target of £40,000 raised since the first event for our vital services for brain injury survivors and persons with neurological conditions?

The 28 mile circular course, starting and finishing at our Ipswich hub on Ransomes Europark, takes in Bucklesham and seaside town Felixstowe along the east Suffolk coast, with cyclists given the option of an additional 10 mile loop past Newbourne.

Last year 60 cyclists took part and took the running total to £36,500.  It is open to everyone and is an ideal team-building exercise for companies with the Headway Shield presented at our Awards Dinner in November to the team that raises the most sponsorship.

All monies raised will help towards the cost of the clinical therapy team who providecrucial specialist one-to-one programmes for clients with physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and counselling.

It’s FREE to enter with sponsorship (or £10 without).  Everything you need to sign up and take part is here: www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/events

Headway Takes Over Dementia Group

Headway Suffolk will take over the running of a group for people with dementia in Ipswich to ensure they continue to receive the support and stimulation they need.

The group takes place on the second Friday of the month at St Augustine’s Church, Bucklesham Road in Ipswich.

Started by Age UK Suffolk in January 2015, the group is thriving.  Age UK Suffolk are delighted that Headway Suffolk will take over the group from April 2017.

Headway Suffolk’s Chief Executive Helen Fairweather said: “At a time when dementia is on the increase we are really pleased to be to maintain and further develop this valued service.’’

New members are welcome, and anyone wishing to enquire further or refer should contact Helen on 01473 712225 or email helenfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Earlier this month Headway Suffolk announced it was to help people with dementia and their carers after being awarded a £12,500 grant from Suffolk Coastal District Council.

Chris Graham To Speak About His Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

Neurology charity Headway Suffolk is delighted to announce its third keynote speaker at their Neuro Conference on 4 October 2017 at BT Labs at Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath.

Chris Graham captured the national media’s attention last year with his incredible story of completing a 16,000-mile solo cycle ride around North America after learning of his diagnosis of an extremely rare, early-onset form of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 34.  He is now 40.

The former British Army soldier inherited the PSEN1 gene mutation from his father, who died aged just 42.  His four-year older brother Tony is also affected and requires round-the-clock care, while it also claimed the lives of his aunt, cousin and granddad in their forties.

Chris and wife Vicky’s two-year-old son Dexter has a 50/50 chance of carrying the faulty gene, which effects 400 families worldwide.  Chris has two other children from a previous relationship – Natalie, aged 17, and Marcus, 16, as well as grandson Jacob, six months.  All have a 50/50 chance of inheriting the disease.

His epic journey around the US and Canada coastline and heart-warming story is told through his uplifting book Five Minutes of Amazing, which was published in September 2016.

  

The book was co-written by Suffolk-based author and former war reporter Wendy Holden, whose catalogue of over 30 books include autobiographies of Hollywood actress Goldie Hawn and Frank Sinatra’s widow Barbara.  Wendy will be in the audience for the Neuro Conference.

Chris, who had already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro after doctors said keeping fit was the best hope for sustaining his health, raised £52,000 for Alzheimer’s Research and the ABF Soldiers Charity from the eight-month cycle ride.

Helen Fairweather, Chief Executive of Headway Suffolk, said: “I read Chris’s book and felt it was such an inspirational story that it would be amazing to have him speak at our conference.  I am delighted that he accepted our invitation.”

Chris, from Oxfordshire, will join two other confirmed speakers: author and educator Dr Jane Hawking, who will talk on her life as a family carer following her first marriage to world-renowned scientist Professor Stephen Hawking, and Dr Tim Lockington, a consultant at Ipswich Hospital, who will be presenting on Parkinson’s disease.

Tickets are again priced at £30.  Early booking can made at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/headway-suffolks-neurological-conference-2017-tickets-29688174128.

The event is again being kindly sponsored by BT and Irwin Mitchell solicitors.

  

Grant Aids Headway To Help Dementia Sufferers

Headway Suffolk is to help more dementia sufferers and their carers after being successfully awarded £12,500 grant funding from Suffolk Coastal District Council.

The charity, which supports 250 adults a week who have an acquired brain injury or a neurological condition, will provide a new ‘pick and mix’ service for those battling the brain disease and those who care for them using the funding.

The grant will enable Headway Suffolk to offer support to persons recently diagnosed with dementia living in Suffolk Coastal District Council area.

There is a range of help on offer: one-to-one support at its hubs across the county; community support; counselling, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy from the charity’s clinical therapy team.

The Community Call to Action programme was set up by the East Suffolk councils, with the grant fund made available by Suffolk County Council Public Health and Protection, to help address community health and wellbeing initiatives.

Community groups and charitable organisations were invited to put forward their project for a share of £125,000, with £25,000 for each of five themes – mental health, dementia, carers, loneliness/social isolation and fit and active.

Headway Suffolk’s Chief Executive Helen Fairweather said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the grant and look forward to helping as many people as possible.”

Anyone wishing to make a referral or enquire about this service should contact Helen on 01473 712225 or helenfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Dr Lockington To Speak At Headway Conference

Neurology charity Headway Suffolk is delighted to announce another keynote speaker at their Neuro Conference on 4 October 2017 at BT Labs at Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath.

Dr Tim Lockington, a consultant at Ipswich Hospital, will be presenting on Parkinson’s disease.  Dr Lockington developed an interest in Parkinson’s disease while senior registrar at Royal London Hospital.

He will join author and educator Dr Jane Hawking, who will talk on her life as a family carer following her first marriage to world-renowned scientist Professor Stephen Hawking, who was headline speaker at last year’s Neuro Conference.

Helen Fairweather, Chief Executive of Headway Suffolk, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce another speaker.  I have heard Dr Lockington speak passionately about his work and Parkinson’s disease.”

BT and Headway Suffolk are aware that people who attended last year’s conference experienced traffic congestion.  To prevent this the times of the conference have been changed, there will more gates open and an easier admissions process.

The event is again being kindly sponsored by BT and Irwin Mitchell solicitors.

Kevin Woollard, BT’s Director Research Engagement and Operations, said: “We are delighted to be hosting Headway Suffolk’s Neuro Conference again at Adastral Park.  Last year’s event was a huge success with an enormous amount of positive publicity.  I am certain this year’s event will bring the same response.”

Tickets are again priced at £30.  Early booking can made at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/headway-suffolks-neurological-conference-2017-tickets-29688174128.

Cycle Ride Sets £40,000 Target

Headway Suffolk is hoping to reach a target of £40,000 raised for its vital services from its annual Sponsored Cycle Ride as the event reaches its ninth year.

Sixty cyclists took part in the popular fundraiser last year and raised £5,905 – taking the running total amount to in excess of £36,500 since the inaugural event in 2009.

The charity, which supports 250 local adults every week with acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions, hosts the Cycle Ride on Saturday 20 May at 9.00am, which starts and finishes at the Ipswich Hub at Epsilon House, West Road, on Ransomes Europark in Ipswich.

The 28 mile circular course takes in Bucklesham and seaside town Felixstowe along the East Suffolk coast, with cyclists given the option of an additional 10 mile loop past Newbourne.

It is open to everyone and is an ideal team-building exercise for companies with the Headway Shield presented at our Awards Dinner in November to the team that raises the most sponsorship.

The Seven Group, whose team of cyclists included former Ipswich Town footballer Simon Milton last year, have won the Shield for seven consecutive years! Other participating groups included Ashton Legal, Scrutton Bland, Gotelee, Marshall Hatchick and a Headway team (including the CEO!).

It’s £10 to participate unless you have sponsorship. You can find the route and sponsorship details on our Events page.

All monies raised goes to fund Headway Suffolk’s rehabilitation, therapy and support services at its hubs, in the community and at people’s homes throughout the county and south Norfolk.

The charity’s communications and marketing officer David Crane said: “The Cycle Ride has been our flagship fundraising event since it started and it remains as popular as ever.

“The route through the rural delights of East Suffolk is a big hit, and the extra 10 mile loop pushing it closer to a total of 40 miles is a good test for more experienced cyclists and those who like a challenge.

“£40,000 raised would be a great achievement by everyone over the last nine years and I’m confident our tremendous supporters can reach the goal. The funds make such a significance to us delivering the variety of high-quality services for local brain injury survivors.”

Recruitment Open Days in January

New Year, New Career! Join us for our upcoming Recruitment Open Days in January to learn of great new opportunities to really make a difference to people’s lives in 2017.

Headway Suffolk is one the largest brain injury specialists in the UK offering employees excellent working conditions, competitive salary, perks such as paid travel time and mileage at 45p, and progression within the charity.

They take place from 9am – 3pm on Thursday 19 January at the Bury St Edmunds Hub and on Saturday 21 January at the Ipswich Hub.

Head to our Recruitment page to find out more.

Season’s Greetings from all at Headway Suffolk

Our winter newsletter is here ready for Christmas!

Read about our Back to Work workshops, Awards Ball, Neuro Conference, Brainy Dogs vehicle and Recruitment, along with next year’s important dates for your diary.

You can view it at: http://eepurl.com/ctNPg5

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