Headway Suffolk

Ipswich Hub 01473 712225

Bury Hub 01284 702535

Dementia social support groups in July

Headway Suffolk runs monthly social support groups for those living with dementia.

The groups provide stimulating and engaging activities, such as indoor games, cognitive exercises, discussions and social interaction. Fish and chips lunch and refreshments are also provided,

The person with dementia must be supported by a carer.

The groups meet in July as follows:

  • Ipswich (St Augustine’s Church Hall) – Friday 8th
  • Castle Hill (United Reformed Church) – Friday 22nd
  • Martlesham (St Michael’s Church Centre) – Thursday 28th


New Vacancy: Fundraiser for Headway Suffolk & Brainy Dogs

Headway Suffolk is seeking a dynamic and creative individual for its new post as Fundraiser for Headway Suffolk and its unique Brainy Dogs project.

The successful candidate must be able to organise events and make trust fund applications for the charity, which supports adults living with brain injury, stroke and neurological conditions in Suffolk.

The salary for the new part-time position is £12,500 per annum. Hours are to suit but may include a requirement for some evening and weekend working.

For an informal discussion, more details of the post and to submit a CV, contact CEO Helen Fairweather on:

Telephone 01473 712225 or email helenmfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

ABI Suffolk hospital admission stats released

Nine people every day are being admitted to hospital in Suffolk with an acquired brain injury, new hospital admission statistics from Headway reveals.

Data shows that 3,283 people were admitted to hospital in Suffolk in 2019-20, with males accounting for 51.42%. Head injuries (39.9%) and strokes (39.6%) continue to be the most prevalent causes of acquired brain injury in the county, which mirrors the UK picture.

There has been a 13% increase in all ABI admissions in Suffolk in the last ten years, when there were 2,902 admissions to hospital in 2009-10.

Headway has updated its hospital admission statistics, revealing a concerning ongoing trend in the incidence of acquired brain injury in the UK.

Data from 2019-20 highlights that in the UK there is still one admission to hospital for brain injury every 90 seconds, one head injury every three minutes and one stroke every four minutes.

The increase in hospital admissions for brain injuries provides an up-to-date picture of the scale of the problem and further reinforces a continuing need for appropriate support services. Many of those admitted to hospital with a brain injury related primary diagnosis will experience long-term difficulties and require some form of rehabilitation and support.

These figures are a vital resource for those involved in developing the UK government’s ABI strategy, to which Headway is contributing. The statistics also provide accurate data with which to approach commissioners and evidence the need for sustain.

Come Fly With Me: Clients visit Duxford

Headway Suffolk clients enjoyed a recent trip to IWM Duxford – Europe’s largest air museum!

With nearly 200 aircraft, military vehicles, artillery and minor naval vessels on display, the group immersed themselves as they got up close to over a century of aviation.

See the video of the day:

Dementia social support groups in June

Headway Suffolk runs monthly social support groups for those living with dementia in Ipswich, Martlesham and Castle Hill.

The groups provide stimulating and engaging activities, such as indoor games, cognitive exercises, discussions and social interaction. Fish and chips lunch and refreshments are also provided.

The person with dementia must be supported by a carer.

The groups meet in June on the following dates:

  • Ipswich (St Augustine’s Church Hall) – Friday 10th


Recruitment Day on 17 June

We are hosting a Recruitment Day on Friday 17 June from 7.30am – 4pm to showcase the following exciting job opportunities available at Headway Suffolk:

Care staff
Cleaners to work in clients’ homes
Cook (part-time)


Hubs closed for Jubilee celebrations

Our Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds hubs will be closed on bank holidays Thursday (2 June) and Friday (3 June) as the nation marks the Queen’s 70th year on the throne with a four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend celebration.

They return to normal opening days from Monday 6 June.

Ipswich Hub normal opening days are Monday – Friday.

Bury St Edmunds Hub normal opening days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Headway Suffolk is recruiting

Headway Suffolk are currently recruiting for the following positions:

Community Support Worker (Suffolk)

Community Support Worker (Halesworth, Sudbury, Haverhill)

Sleep-In Carer for female, Ipswich

Support Worker, Ipswich Hub


Delegates enjoy full day of Conference speakers

Delegates, both in-person and virtually, enjoyed a full day of keynote speeches at Headway Suffolk’s seventh annual Neuro Conference, which took place at Wherstead Park and was streamed online, on 11 May.

There were 11 main presentations, along with updates from Headway Suffolk by CEO Helen Fairweather, plus an expert panel from four injury lawyers to conclude the event.

The keynote speakers were:

  • Professor Silke Walter – Neurology consultant and Mobile Stroke Unit
  • Alec Charnley – Brain Injury Survivor and Headway Suffolk Director
  • Sam Jangum – Headway Suffolk Mental Health Nurse
  • His Honour Judge Martin Levett – Resident Judge, Ipswich Crown Court
  • Professor Huw Williams – Associate Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Tim Passmore – Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Chief Inspector Nick Paling – Head of Custody, Norfolk and Suffolk Police
  • Holly Warner – Justice Project, Headway UK
  • Keith Sheppard – Legal Executive Fellow (CILEX), Thompsons Solicitors
  • Amanda Cousins – Chief Operating Officer, United Kingdon Acquired Brain Injury Forum
  • Carole Almond – Dementia carer


See the hidden me: Action for Brain Injury Week

Action for Brain Injury Week 2022 (16-22 May) focuses on what can be for many brain injury survivors, a hidden disability.

See the hidden me raises awareness and understanding of the often misunderstood symptoms of a brain injury, and work to alleviate the challenges, and frustrations, survivors face.

To the outside world, you may look as you did before, but whether it be the day-to-day difficulties, or reoccurring misunderstandings of the effects of your brain injury, See the hidden me will empower survivors to talk about when hidden disability has made life more challenging, whilst also asking the general public for more understanding and respect.

The campaign gives a voice to brain injury survivors so friends, families, colleagues and professionals gain a better insight into the invisible battles they may face every day.

Headway is sharing the stark results of the See the Hidden Me study which found that 76% of brain injury survivors experience problems on a daily basis because of the hidden, and often misunderstood nature of brain injury.

When a brain injury occurs, in a moment of trauma or medical emergency, the life of the person affected, alongside the lives of their loved ones, are changed in an instant. The See the Hidden Me campaign focuses on raising awareness of the battle that survivors and their carers face after the injury.

Key results:

  • More than half (55%) of brain injury survivors feel they have been unfairly treated as a direct consequence of their brain injury being hidden