Headway Suffolk

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Staff Training and Recruitment Open Day

Headway Suffolk will carry out its annual training day for its staff on Saturday 10 November at its Ipswich hub at Epsilon House, West Road on Ransomes Europark.

Staff at the charity, which supports individuals with an acquired brain injury or a neurological condition and their families, will take part in a full day of training, including CPR, data protection, safeguarding, infection control and other care matters, as part of their continued personal development.

There will also be updates on service developments, including the new planned rehabilitation hub and housing building in Ipswich, and plans for a new hub in Bury St Edmunds as part of the Western Way Development.

Anyone interested in learning more about joining Headway Suffolk’s staff team are invited to come along on the day between 10am – 3pm as there will also be a recruitment open day running.

The charity is passionate about the people it supports and is encouraging those who want to find out more about the vital role the team plays, to come along for an informal chat and see if their current experience and career aspirations could make them a perfect match with Headway.

To find out more, call 01473 712225, email: info@headwaysuffolk.org.uk, or visit www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Awards Dinner – Celebrating Clients’ Achievements

Headway Suffolk will mark the achievements of local brain injury survivors and those living with neurological conditions at its annual Awards Dinner on Thursday 22 November.

Every day, the brain injury charity sees remarkable strides by its 250 service users against adversity after having their lives affected by a brain injury or a neurological condition.

For some, progress could be learning to use their other hand after a stroke has left them with a weakness on one side. For others, it may be making improvements with walking after having their mobility impaired as a result of their injury or illness.

Headway’s rehabilitation team will carefully nominate service users for an achievement award who have made excellent progress in their recovery in the past year.

The Awards Dinner, now in its fourth year, takes place at the 100-seater Shelley’s Restaurant, Suffolk New College, Rope Walk in Ipswich from 6.30pm.

Guests will enjoy a delightful 3-course dinner, which can include a Christmas meal, and it is an ideal opportunity for companies to treat their staff team to an early festive function and support a worthwhile cause.

David Crane, the charity’s Communications and Marketing Officer, said: “We see many incredible achievements by our clients every day across Suffolk, and the Awards Dinner is a great way of formally celebrating these milestones.”

Tickets cost £50 each and are available by telephoning 01473 712225 or emailing: helenfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Headway Suffolk supports 250 adults a week who have an acquired brain injury or a neurological condition through an extensive range of rehabilitation, therapy and support services at its hubs, in the community and in people’s homes.

According to the latest statistics released by Headway – the brain injury association, there were 3,201 hospital admissions (8.7 per day) of acquired brain injuries in Suffolk in 2016-17, of which 1,780 were male and 1,421 were female.

250 Enjoy Fourth Annual Neuro Conference

250 guests attended Headway Suffolk’s fourth annual Neuro Conference at Kesgrave Conference Centre near Ipswich on October 17.

The delegates, made up of healthcare professionals, solicitors and service users, enjoyed a full day of insightful talks from six distinguished speakers across a range of subjects related to brain injury and neurology.

Professor the Lord Robert Winston, an internationally-renowned scientist and health expert, had guests captivated with his intriguing talk about the child’s brain and how the human mind works with his imitable presenting style.

Patron of Headway Suffolk, Dr Jane Hawking, returned for her second successive Conference and spoke about attitudes to disability, from when she cared for her first husband, famed scientist Professor Stephen Hawking during the 1960-1980s, and how they are now.

She also expressed her delight at the charity naming its planned, new 24-bedded housing and rehabilitation hub in Ipswich, ‘The Stephen Hawking Neuro Centre’.

There were also informative talks from Dr Sajid Alam, a consultant in stroke medicine at Ipswich Hospital, on how self-help can help to prevent strokes; Dr Charlotte Brierely, a consultant neurologist at West Suffolk Hospital, on the variants of headaches and migraines; and Dr Hilda Hayo, the Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO of Dementia UK, on early-onset dementia and its link to head injury.

Andy Pearson, a brain injury survivor from Suffolk who was Headway UK’s ‘Achiever of the Year’ in 2012, gave a moving presentation on his road to recovery since his cycling accident in 2008, and how he has adapted his life and employment to embrace the new challenges.

Helen Fairweather, Chief Executive of Headway Suffolk, updated the Conference about the many hub and outdoor activities that take place to enable rehabilitation and therapy. She also spoke about the ambitious plans for a new hub and housing centre in Ipswich, and a new hub in Bury St Edmunds as part of St Edmundsbury’s Western Way Development, as well as working with Headway Norfolk to improve services available in the Waveney area.

Hannah Clarke, partner at main event sponsor Ashtons Legal, gave a presentation on civil claims and the dangers of getting it wrong.

Headway Suffolk would like to thank everyone who attended, all six fantastic speakers, sponsors Ashtons Legal, Irwin Mitchell and East of England Co-op, and venue host Kesgrave Conference Centre.

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Neuro Conference preview

Headway Suffolk hosts its fourth annual Neuro Conference on Wednesday 17 October at 10.30am at Kesgrave Conference Centre, Twelve Acre Approach in Kesgrave, near Ipswich.

Around 250 people are due to attend and hear from six eminent keynote speakers in presentations on a range of subjects, including the human brain, migraines, family carer roles, early-onset dementia and positive recovery from brain injury.

There will be limited tickets on the door, priced at £40, sold on a first-served, first-come basis.

Helen Fairweather, Chief Executive of Headway Suffolk, said: “We are very excited that our fourth Conference will give the public an opportunity of hearing and learning from six distinguished speakers giving presentations on a range of health matters related to neurology and brain injury.”

The six speakers are:

Prof Robert Winston is internationally-renowned as a scientist, doctor, politician and writer, and he has an extensive media career as one of Britain’s best-known health experts. He is Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London and holds 23 honorary doctorates.

Just over two weeks ago he appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden carrying out various scientific experiments. He is a prominent Labour peer in the House of Lords and has penned numerous books, including his two most recent publications, Science Squad and My Amazing Body Machine.

Prof Winston will deliver a presentation on how the human mind learns.

Dr Hilda Hayo is the Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO of Dementia UK. A dual-registered nurse, she has over 38 years’ experience of working with people diagnosed with dementia and their families, including holding Principal Lecturer posts at both London South Bank University and University of Northampton.

Dr Hayo will deliver a presentation on early-onset dementia.

Dr Sajid Alam is a consultant in stroke medicine at Ipswich Hospital and has a particular interest in the management of TIA’s (transient ischaemic attacks), or ‘mini-strokes’, hyper-acute strokes and the complex investigations often required after a stroke.

Dr Alam will deliver a presentation on the prevention of strokes.

Dr Jane Hawking is an author, teacher and former wife and carer of renowned scientist Professor Stephen Hawking. Her 2007 autobiography, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, was made into the 2014 multiple award-winning film The Theory of Everything. She spoke at last year’s Conference about the issues faced by family carers and became a patron of the charity.

Dr Hawking will deliver a presentation on attitudes to disability, then and now.

Dr Charlotte Brierley is a consultant neurologist at West Suffolk Hospital on busy general neurology clinics, and she runs the Neuromuscular Service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where she is also the Neurology Teaching Director for clinical students. She had previously spent three years at the Brain Repair Centre in Cambridge, and spent five years as a neurology consultant at Ipswich Hospital and Addenbrooke’s.

Dr Brierley will deliver a presentation on headaches, migraines and neuro examination.

Andrew Pearson is a brain injury survivor from Suffolk who has made big strides in his recovery following a cycling accident in Ipswich in July 2008. He won Headway UK’s ‘Achiever of the Year’ award in 2012 for his achievements, which included raising almost £4,000 for Headway Suffolk by cycling from Spain to Ipswich in 2011. He now runs Evans Cycles in Ipswich and was a director at BT.

Andrew will deliver a presentation on how you can recover from brain injury.

The Conference is being generously sponsored by Ashtons Legal, Irwin Mitchell and East of England Co-Op. Delegates will also hear from Hannah Clarke, a partner at Ashtons who specialises in catastrophic injury claims, on the civil claim – the dangers of getting it wrong.

The neurology charity has attracted huge interest at its first three Conferences, with Dr Jane Hawking presenting on family carer issues last year; famed scientist Professor Stephen Hawking making a rare public appearance in 2016 to discuss his incredible life; and local brain injury survivor Andrew Renton taking his first public steps in 21 years in 2015.

This year’s event promises to be another highlight in Suffolk’s calendar for healthcare professionals and those living with brain injury or a neurological condition and their families and carers.

Tickets are still available from: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/headway-suffolk-neuro-conference-2018-tickets-40194431627.

Discounted tickets, priced at £10, are available for persons registered as disabled from Headway Suffolk by contacting them on 01474 712225 or email: helenfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Exciting Plans for New Rehabilitation Hub and Housing Announced

Headway Suffolk is today announcing ambitious and exciting plans to build a new rehabilitation hub and housing for clients – with the centre to be named after renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking.

The Stephen Hawking Neuro Centre will be built on the edge of Ipswich, and will include facilities for rehabilitation and support for clients with brain injuries and other neurological conditions.

The new centre will also include 24 homes where Headway Suffolk clients will have the opportunity to live as independently as they are able.

Dr. Jane Hawking, the first wife of Professor Hawking, is Headway Suffolk’s Patron, and the world-famous scientists’s family have given their blessing for the new centre to be given his name. Professor Hawking, who lived with motor neurone disease for more than 50 years, died in March.

Dr. Jane Hawking said: “I am sure Stephen would be as delighted as I am that the new hub for Headway Suffolk is to be named the Stephen Hawking building. I am confident that this carefully planned complex will bring much comfort and relief to victims of brain injury and neurological conditions, and to their families.”

Helen Fairweather, Chief Executive of Headway Suffolk, explained why the new centre was essential. “Life after brain injury is difficult for the person and their family. The change of personality and loss of function means many partnerships end.

“It is usually Headway clients who have to move out of the family home and become homeless, or end up in inappropriate provision such as mental health or older people’s services. This leads to depression and prevents rehab. Headway has for some time been looking at how to solve this problem, and now we have a very exciting solution.”

The new centre will be built in the Ravenswood area of Ipswich, and it has been welcomed by Ipswich’s MP Sandy Martin who said “Headway Suffolk have provided a fabulous service for people suffering for an acquired brain injury in their base on Ransomes Euro Park, but it is now time for a bigger better hub with accommodation for those who most need it. I am really proud that we have this provision planned here in Ipswich.”

County councillor Bill Quinton, who represents the Ravenswood area, is also enthusiastically backing the scheme. He said: “I have supported Headway for many years and they are a dynamic, forward-looking organisation who think only of those who need their support. Their plans for modern, purpose-built residential and support buildings are a prime example of their vision for the future and I for one am delighted to be able to support their plans. The work that Headway do is inspirational and I wish them well for the future.”

The centre will replace Headway Suffolk’s current hub at Epsilon House on Ransomes Euro Park. The charity will sell this to help support the new project.

On October 3, there will be an opportunity for local residents to view the plans, and to speak to staff and clients from Headway Suffolk.

The event takes place from 6.30pm at Ravenswood Community and Children’s Centre. Everyone is welcome.

Get involved!

There is a great opportunity for individuals, families, schools and local businesses to get involved in supporting this hugely exciting and prestigious project.

Here’s how…

Headway Suffolk is inviting individuals, groups  and schools to help build the Stephen Hawking Neuro Centre by buying a brick – or lots of bricks – they only cost 50p each!

Also, local businesses and other organisations have an opportunity for one of the rooms at the Stephen Hawking Neuro Centre to be named after them. For a donation of £66,000, your organisation can forever be an integral part of the centre.

All individuals, groups and companies who help the fund-raising effort will have the option of being recognised on Headway Suffolk’s website and fund-raising board.

Headway Suffolk offers care, support and rehabilitation to people with a brain injury o4 neurological condition. It employs trained brain injury rehab assistants, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, nurses and counsellors.

The majority of the work is carried out at their rehab hub based on Ransomes Euro Park in Ipswich. This base has now been outgrown due to an increase in clients using the service. Headway Suffolk also has a home care and community care team which was recently rated as good by the Care Quality Commission.

For further information, or to offer support, e-mail helenfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

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Brainy Dogs awarded £350,000 of National Lottery funding

Headway Suffolk has been awarded £350,000 of National Lottery funding to train rescue dogs to provide life-changing support to adults living with neurological conditions. The project will also help ex-offenders and young people who struggle at school to gain new skills by training the dogs.

Living with a neurological condition can leave people feeling isolated from their friends and families. The ‘Brainy Dogs’ project gives people the chance to take home a furry four-legged friend who can offer companionship, helping to support their rehabilitation.

The project is also helping teenagers and adults whose lives have been affected by mental ill-health, exclusion from education and criminal behaviour to gain work experience and learn new skills by training these rescue dogs. Headway Suffolk is just one of 15 community projects across the county which have received National Lottery funding this quarter.

The funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity across the UK, will enable the project to increase the number of people who train the dogs. With the aim of providing rehabilitation activities to meet individual needs, the project’s ambition is to improve people’s quality of life and provide a sustainable, growing and flexible service.

Headway Suffolk will expand their service by working with a number of organisations to encourage social engagement within communities. Raedwald Trust – an education provider for teenagers who have been excluded from mainstream education – carried out a pilot and are now keen to join the scheme longer term.

Organisations which support individuals on probation, those living with mental health issues, young people who struggle at school and veterans will be supported through the programme and could significantly benefit from training the dogs.

Brainy Dogs will not only enable individuals to gain work experience and transferable skills which can be used when seeking employment but it will also increase people’s confidence. In addition to this, individuals living with a neurological condition often struggle to communicate and lack motivation. Therefore, they are generally reluctant to engage in other activities but in fact are extremely keen to interact with the dogs.

Helen Fairweather, Chief Executive at Headway Suffolk, said: “We are delighted to receive National Lottery funding for Brainy Dogs. The love of a dog helps to replace the many aspects of people’s lives that they lose through brain injury, such as friendship, a reason to get up, and a responsibility. The new project will not only help those living with a neurological condition but also prisoners, probationers, teenagers excluded from school, veterans and people living with mental health issues who will be helping us to train the dogs.”

James Harcourt, England Grant-Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, communities large and small are able to get the funding they need to bring their great ideas to life. Every time someone buys a National Lottery ticket it raises vital funds that help make a difference to hundreds of people’s lives. We’re delighted to be able to support projects like Headway Suffolk which is a fantastic example of people coming together to use their ambitions and aspirations to create something wonderful for their local community.”

The Eastern region as whole has received over £4.6 million of National Lottery funding. See the full list of projects HERE.

To find out more visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk.

Brain injury survivor to share experiences at Conference

Neurology charity Headway Suffolk is delighted to announce that brain injury survivor Andrew Pearson will talk about his experiences at its fourth Neuro Conference on Wednesday 17 October 2018 at Kesgrave Conference Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave.

Andrew suffered an acquired brain injury while riding his mountain bike on his way home after marshalling in a race in Ipswich in July 2008.

Andrew, who was a director at BT, received invaluable support from Headway Suffolk on his road to a full recovery and won a national Headway UK ‘Achivever of the Year’ award for his achievements in December 2012.

Andrew said: “The support given to my family from Headway Suffolk was invaluable, as well as the help they gave to me.”

Andrew later became a trustee of the charity.

Along with his friend Paul Martin, Andrew raised £3,905.57 for Headway Suffolk towards the purchase of its Ipswich hub at Epsilon House by cycling 800 miles in five-and-a-half-days from Bilbao in Spain to Adastral Park in Ipswich in May 2011.

He is now manager of Evans Cycles in Ipswich.

As well as Andrew, conference delegates will hear from five keynote speakers: world-renowned health expert Professor Robert Winston; Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO of Dementia UK; Dr Sajid Alam, a consultant in stroke medicine at Ipswich Hospital; Dr Jane Hawking, an author, teacher and former carer; and Dr Charlotte Brierley, a consultant neurologist at Addenbrooke’s and West Suffolk Hospitals.

Headway Suffolk has attracted huge interest in its first three conferences, with author Dr Jane Hawking talking about her life as a family carer in 2017; famed scientist Prof Stephen Hawking making a rare public appearance to discuss his life with motor neurone disease in 2016; and local brain injury survivor Andrew Renton taking his first public steps in 21 years in 2015.

This year’s event promises to be another highlight in Suffolk’s calendar, with five eminent keynote speakers addressing guests on brain injury, stroke, neurology, carers and dementia.

Tickets, which are priced at £40 (plus booking fee), are now selling fast and those interested in attending are advised to book as soon as possible to avoid the disappointment of missing out.

They can be purchased from Eventbrite at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/headway-suffolk-neuro-conference-2018-tickets-40194431627.

Specially-discounted tickets for persons registered as disabled, priced at just £10, are available directly from Headway Suffolk by contacting them on 01474 712225 or email: helenfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Cooking on the Menu in Haverhill

Adults with a brain injury or a neurological condition who attend Headway Suffolk’s service in Haverhill will be able to enjoy making more varied meals thanks to grant funding.

The Haverhill South People’s Forum, which is a group of resident volunteers focused on developing community projects and activities in the area, has generously donated £1,000 to Headway Suffolk to fund new adaptive cookery equipment for its group that meets every Wednesday at the Chalkstone Community Centre.

The Forum, with support from Community Action Suffolk, was set up as part of the Local Conversation in Haverhill South – a People’s Health Trust initiative which involves supporting residents to develop a shared vision for their community and take local action on issues that matter to them. The Local Conversation is funded by the People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthIntend through The Health Lottery.

The monies will enable the charity to purchase specialist items designed to assist those with limited use of their hands or arms as a result of their injury or condition, such as knives, choppers, slicers, bowls, colanders, graters, mixers and measuring jugs that have special grip handles and suction pads.

This will help clients take part in cookery sessions, a vital life skill, and make meals such as spaghetti bolognaise, quiches, pizza and sausage rolls that can be either eaten at the centre or taken home for a meal that helps reduce the burden on the family carer.

Other items, such as specialist kettles for those with the use of only one hand, convection hobs and automatic jar openers, will also be bought from the grant.

Items will be, where possible, in red as it is a colour deemed ‘dementia-friendly’.

Zellah Andrew, Headway Suffolk’s Hub manager for Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill, said: “We express a big thank you to the Haverhill South People’s Forum and Community Action Suffolk for the grant to support clients’ needs at our Haverhill hub.

“We asked the clients what they wanted to spend the grant one and they decided that cookery would be a beneficial activity to support their cognitive development and rehabilitation.”

Beryl Keep, Haverhill South People’s Forum Member, said: “I was pleased to visit Headway and chat to service users and the Hub manager, Zellah Andrew, about the valuable work that is being done. The grant from Haverhill South People’s Forum will enhance the work of Headway and may enable other potential beneficiaries to be reached and helped in their recovery.”

Dave Smith, Chairman of Haverhill South People’s Forum, said: “We are extremely pleased to support this project. It’s a valuable resource for Haverhill that makes a huge difference to the lives of residents with neurological conditions.”

If you would like to make a referral to Headway’s Haverhill group, contact Zellah on 01284 702535 or email: zellahandrew@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

High Sheriff of Suffolk visits our Ipswich hub

We were delighted to welcome the High Sheriff of Suffolk to our Ipswich hub yesterday (September 13) and provide an insight into the work we do.

He commented: “A privilege to meet the team at Headway Suffolk who do extraordinary work to provide essential rehabilitative support ot patients with traumatic head injuries, strokes, Parkinson’s Disease and many more. Headway do an outstanding job providing dedicated long term help to so many. A humbling meeting.”

The High Sheriff is pictured with our chairman Allistair Renton and chief executive Helen Fairweather.

Sophie surprised in National Lottery video about Brainy Dogs

Our Brainy Dogs co-ordinator Sophie Wellum-Mayes was given a big surprise when she turned up to judge what she thought was a colouring competition by local children, only to be met with a stunning gallery of all the people and dogs she has helped over the last seven years – and then they appeared themselves!

The whole occasion, which took place at Snape Maltings in Ipswich, was secretly filmed by the National Lottery, and will be broadcast on prime-time Saturday (1 September) evening television during the commercial breaks of X Factor.

Watch the video below:

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