Headway Suffolk

Ipswich Hub 01473 712225

Bury Hub 01284 702535

Keep Warm This Winter campaign launched

We are launching our ‘Keep Warm This Winter at Headway Suffolk’ campaign with a mission to create Warm Hub Spaces across the county to help us reach more people who need our support.

The Warm Hub Spaces enable us to expand our services and help more people who are isolated and need our support and have a safe, warm and stimulating place to go during winter and beyond.

In October, we successfully launched a Warm Hub Space in Hadleigh once a week on Fridays and have plans to open more, but we need funding support to make this happen.

We have identified a need for Warm Hub Spaces in Newmarket, Sudbury and Haverhill to help the community in those towns who are isolated and cannot reach our Ipswich or Bury hubs due to a lack of suitable public transport and high taxi travel costs.

To enable us to meet the cost of skilled staffing, suitable premises and resources, we are appealing for support through with our Keep Warm This Winter project through this Crowdfunding appeal:

Thank You for 12 Hour Drumathon support

Thank you to everyone who took part and donated for our 12 Hour Drumathon last week!

You can read about the event and how the monies raised will help our clients in this Suffolk News story:


Below video from Drumathon at Ipswich Hub

Below photos of the Drumathon (Pictures: Mecha Morton/Suffolk News)

Newmarket Hub to launch in December

Headway Suffolk is excited to be opening a new weekly Satellite Rehab Hub in Newmarket for people living with brain injury or a neurological condition on Monday 11 December.

The outreach service will open every Monday from 10am – 3pm at Peter O’Sullevan House, 7a Newmarket Road. This is the Injured Jockey Fund’s Rehabilitation Centre, adjacent to the British Racing School in Newmarket.

The group will include a range of activities designed to help each individual with their rehabilitation needs and provide an opportunity to meet others in a safe and stimulating environment.

It will also provide valuable respite for family carers knowing their loved one is being safely cared for.

Headway Suffolk successfully launched a new satellite at Hadleigh Library on Fridays at the start of October and plans to open further outreach groups across the county, helping more people connect to its day rehab service without the need to travel to its main hubs in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

The outstanding-rated charity has identified Aldeburgh, Eye, Framlingham, Haverhill, Leiston, Stowmarket and Sudbury as other towns in need of a satellite and it wants to hear from people in those areas who would be interested in the service so they can monitor numbers.

Helen Fairweather, CEO of Headway Suffolk, said: “We are delighted to be opening a satellite hub in Newmarket and we are very thankful to the Injured Jockey Fund for facilitating an excellent space for us to provide our services from in the town.

“Our first satellite in Hadleigh has started successfully and we hope these groups can grow so we can support more people in both towns.

“There’s lots of people out there who need our help. We had successful satellite hubs before which really helped people to progress before we unfortunately had to close because of Covid.

“A lot of day centres shut during the pandemic and people are missing out on services they need, so we hope people get in touch so we can help them anywhere in Suffolk.”

Anyone wishing to attend the Newmarket or Hadleigh satellite hubs or registering their interest for groups in other towns should contact Helen Fairweather on 01473 712225 or [email protected].

To find out more, go to our satellite hubs page.

Open Day at Ipswich Hub

Headway Suffolk is holding an Open Day at our Ipswich Hub on Thursday 30 November to showcase our services and raise awareness of how we help people.

Clients, carers, family, friends and professionals who support them, including stakeholders, social prescribers, councillors, social care teams and community organisations, are all welcome to attend from 10am – 3pm.

Contact us to let you us know if you wish to attend on 01473 712225 or email [email protected].

Sponsored 12 Hour Drumathon!

Clients, staff and trustees at Headway Suffolk will be non-stop drumming from 7am – 7pm on Monday 30 October for the charity’s Sponsored 12-Hour Drumathon!

The event is to raise awareness of the charity’s services and raise funds towards for its clinical therapist team.

Helen Fairweather, CEO of Headway Suffolk, said: “As a charity we have to raise as much money as we can to keep things running because we’re under-funded.

“We recently had a new member of staff come to work for us from Zimbabwe and he’s a drummer and he’s really changed what we do.

“He’s very energetic so the staff and the clients are very into drumming at the moment so that felt like an ideal opportunity to do this drumathon.”

Click to donate on our Drunathon Sponsorship page

New timetable for Ipswich Hub

A new timetable for the autumn and winter seasons is in place for the Ipswich Hub.

From new Move to Music and Walking Football group activities, to existing communication, cooking and basic skills sessions, there’s plenty to help with rehab and enjoyment for new and existing Headway Suffolk clients.

Go to our Ipswich Hub page to see the full timetable and how to get in touch.

Open Day at Bury Hub to Showcase Services

Headway Suffolk is holding an Open Day at its Bury St Edmunds Hub on Tuesday 3 October to showcase its services and raise awareness of how the charity helps people.

The charity supports adults living with brain injury, stroke and neurological conditions and has invited carers, family and friends, as well as a range of stakeholders, including social prescribers, councillors, social care teams and community organisations to the Open Day from 10am – 3pm.

The Mayor of Bury St Edmunds, Cllr Diane Hind, will be attending.

The Bury Hub, which is based in Olding Road, close to Asda on Western Way, will be set out with promotion stands and information in one room, while clients will be partaking in a variety of stimulating activities that guests can get involved with in another.

“The Open Day is about letting more people know where we are, what we do and who we help,” said Hilary Whitwell, Senior at the Bury Hub.

“We are currently open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and have the opportunity to open other days.

“We have made some good connections recently with the likes of Moyse’s Hall Museum, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Asda, and we would like to increase those networks and links with local community groups.”

Refreshments will be available, along with Headway Suffolk staff for further discussions.

Headway Suffolk will also be able to share more information on the courses it runs to benefit clients, including Understanding Brain Injury and Brain, Body, Balance.

For further information, contact Hilary by email: [email protected].

New Hadleigh Rehab Hub opens October

Headway Suffolk is opening a new Rehab Hub in Hadleigh for people living with brain injury or a neurological condition on Friday 6 October.

The hub will open every Friday from 10am – 3pm at Hadleigh Library in the High Street.

The group will include a range of activities designed to help each individual with their rehabilitation needs and provide an opportunity to meet others in a safe and stimulating environment.

It will also provide valuable respite for family carers knowing their loved one is being safely cared for and giving them free time to themselves during the day.

If you or someone you know is interested in attending the group, please contact Helen Fairweather on 01473 712225 or email [email protected].

Find out more by going to our Hadleigh page.

New Move to Music sessions

Headway Suffolk has started new Music to Movement sessions to help clients with their physical exercise.

Clients use body movement to the rhythmic sounds of African music, teached by a support worker skilled in the exercise.

You can view a couple of videos of clients taking part in the sessions below.

New Wood & Work Experience project

Headway Suffolk’s new ‘Wood and Work Experience’ project will provide a safe and stimulating environment for disadvantaged clients we support to create a social enterprise by making and selling woodwork items for the charity and learning tangible work experience skills.

The project will enable clients to, with support where necessary from Headway’s trained staff, learn and carry out the whole process from start to finish, and to develop new or relearn old skills lost due to their disability at every stage.

 This will include:

  • Researching popular, practical and profitable woodwork items to make
  • Identifying suitable and affordable woodwork equipment needed within budget
  • Sourcing wood materials for free or as cheap as possible, appealing for donations and establishing links with local businesses and traders
  • Designing and making woodwork products following health and safety guidelines
  • Pricing, marketing and selling all items to suitable buyer audience and charity supporters
  • Reviewing and refining process so it is self-sustaining for the clients and the charity