Headway Suffolk would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!
These are the dates when our Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds hubs are open over the Christmas period:
Headway Suffolk is inviting local businesses and supporters to join them for a virtual Christmas Carol Service on Tuesday 22 December at 11am.
Traditionally, everyone comes together for a carol service at St Augustine’s Church in Ipswich, followed by lunch, but Covid-19 has put paid to that in 2020.
However, while we may not be physically together, that won’t stop us getting into the festive spirit!
So join us as clients, staff, volunteers and supporters all come together online to sing carols and share season’s greetings.
Christmas has officially arrived at Headway Suffolk with the creation of a Winter Wonderland at its Ipswich hub to spread cheer and joy at the end of a very tough year for staff and clients.
With clients missing out on the traditional carols service and lunch at St Augustine’s Church and the Christmas party at Haughley Park due to Covid, staff have been busy in their own time turning the Ipswich hub’s main room into a festive treat for Headway’s clients.
The Winter Wonderland has been handmade from scratch with clients involved in craft sessions to create Santa’s Grotto, nutcracker, away in a Manger, Snowmen, a fireplace, Christmas countdown, model village, nativity displays and candles in memory of those who have passed away, complete with a hand sanitiser station.
Anne, a client at Headway, said: “I didn’t think we would have much cheer this year, but as usual the staff have gone the extra mile. It certainly has the wow factor!”
Ellen Burman, a Brain Injury Rehabilitation Assistant who led the project, said: “It was great that all the clients got involved and it was nice they had something to look forward to. They were excited to see it finished. It was a massive team effort from everyone.”
Chief Executive Helen Fairweather stated: “The staff have worked so hard this year getting us through Covid. It is remarkable that they still had energy, time and skill to create Winter Wonderland. We are so lucky to have such caring staff.”
The charity, which supports adults living with acquired brain injuries, strokes and neurological conditions, is facing a shortfall of £100,000 this year due to lost funding from social care and the cancellation of fundraising activities, while seeing more referrals with long Covid.
Headway Suffolk is calling for local businesses, community groups and supporters to support our services this festive season after a difficult year.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, as a charity we have continued supporting our clients to help with their rehab and care as best as possible and reverting to virtual services, such as counselling sessions and understanding brain injury courses, to reduce risk.
We have also increased our services with a helpline, delivering meals and food parcels to isolated clients, and upped our homecare provision to assist the local authorities.
Headway Suffolk has now been able to resume most of our face-to-face services, with our Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds hubs open for life skills and cognitive activities, support for clients to access community activities, Brainy Dogs therapy, and input from our physiotherapist, speech and language therapist and occupational therapist.
However, due to lost funding from social care and the cancellation of many fundraising activities, we estimate we faces a shortfall of £100,000 in funding in 2020 due to coronavirus.
Therefore, we are asking if the local community could support the charity raise proceeds through our new Headway Suffolk Christmas E-Cards.
The UK spent over £200 million on Christmas Cards in 2018, which is higher than anywhere in the world. Once Christmas is over, one billion of those cards end up in landfill because they can’t be recycled, according to research by the Great Card Association.
Help Headway Suffolk’s cause and the environment by sending our new e-cards in return for a donation that you will save on cards and postage. It’s quick and easy to select a design, make a donation and send to colleagues and family via Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp or LinkedIn.
Get sending here! – uk.virginmoneygiving.com/headwaysuffolkxmascards
With office parties a no-go, Headway Suffolk is also encouraging local businesses to go virtual and hold an office party on Zoom, where everyone can dress up, share their pets and families with each other and support our cause with a donation.
Donate here! – virginmoneygiving.com/charities/headwaysuffolk
Today we have released our Winter Newsletter, with the latest news and updates from Headway Suffolk.
We look at how our rehab and support services are open throughout the latest Covid restrictions.
Peter shares his story of how Headway Suffolk helps him to live independently with memory loss after a stroke.
We thank the valuable support from local companies and community groups that has been invaluable in 2020.
We highlight our partnership with Lidl and Neighbourly to support isolated and vulnerable clients with food parcels.
How you can support Headway Suffolk by sending our Christmas E-cards and virtual office party donations.
We preview the Neuro Conference (in May), which has keynote speakers on links between dementia and football.
Fundraisers in our Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk raise £5,000 from the delayed event.
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Read it here: Headway Suffolk Winter Newsletter 2020.
Headway Suffolk has been named charity partner for Lidl’s Ipswich Ravenswood store for the supermarket’s new ‘Teaming up to Tackle Hunger’ campaign, which launches on Thursday 12 November and runs for four weeks.
During the campaign, shoppers in the store will be encouraged to pick up a flyer to donate one of five products (rice, UHT milk, muesli, chopped tomatoes or tinned tuna), and scan it at the till to donate to Headway Suffolk.
Early next year, all of these donations will be added up and the products will be matched in quantity by Lidl, before generously donating them to Headway Suffolk.
Headway Suffolk will then distribute these items, plus many more, in food parcels to its vulnerable clients isolated at home and living with brain injury, stroke and neurological conditions. It will also help to supplement the meals provided to clients in our hubs.
If you’re not heading to the store, you can still help by making a donation by texting FOOD to 70007 to give £3. All donations will be distributed by the Neighbourly Foundation (charity 1189514) to local good causes, including Headway Suffolk, tackling hunger.
In early 2020, 1.5 million people in the UK reported not eating for a whole day because they had no money or access to food, and requests for help from local charities and foodbanks have more than doubled.
Lidl are supporting these local groups and helping to make sure no families have to go hungry in the future. They aim to increase the amount of meals they donate to their partner charities to 5 million each and every year.
Find out more about the ‘Teaming up to tackle hunger campaign here: www.neighbourly.com/TackleHunger
Neighbourly is a platform that helps businesses make a positive impact in their communities by donating volunteer time, money and surplus products to local good causes. Headway Suffolk’s profile can be found here: www.neighbourly.com/project/5bfd4258c7ac8e23b4dda39a
Headway Suffolk’s services will remain OPEN during new lockdown restrictions in force from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December, which were recently announced by the government.
Therefore, our clients can be assured that the following services remain open to support them in their continued rehabilitation and wellbeing.
The services are as follows:
Ipswich Hub (Mon – Fri)
Bury St Edmunds Hub (Wed – Fri)
The one change is that unfortunately our Haverhill hub has had to temporary close again due to it being in a community centre.
If you have any queries, please call us on 01473 712225.
Courageous supporter Jody Smith braved the harsh weather in Felixstowe on Sunday to complete the Virtual London Marathon!
Jody will be running the London Marathon when it returns to the capital in October 2021 for Headway Suffolk, as we continue to support her dad Gary after he had a stroke.
To find out more about their story, go to: Jody & Gary’s story
Please sponsor Jody if you can. She has already raised over £2,000!
Her sponsorship page is: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/constancefield