In 1981 a group of parents of brain-injured adults in Gloucestershire met to share their experiences. They created a vision to support survivors of acquired brain injury, their families, carers and friends through the provision of on-going, long term therapeutic enablement activities, respite care and specialist advice and support. They worked in partnership with health care professionals and statutory partners to design a service. In 1988 Headway Cotswold Trust (trading as Headway Gloucestershire) became a registered charity (299805) and incorporated as a limited company (02274966).
Headway Gloucestershire provide specialist services and support aimed to improve the lives of survivors of acquired brain injury in Gloucestershire; their partners, families, friends and carers.
Our aims and objectives:
- Provide long-term therapeutic activity towards re-enablement in the years following a severe head injury.
- Give respite for families and carers of severe head injury survivors who have been left with permanent and profound disability.
- Offer regular, confidential support to survivors or mild or moderate head injury.
- Ensure that head injury survivors and their families have consistent and accurate information about the benefits and services available to them.
- Advise other professionals and carers on how best to support head injury survivors.
- Support carers on an individual and a group basis.
- Organise social events for survivors and their families.
- Improve and expand services for survivors of acquired head injury.
Our Current Services:
- Our Community Link Service provides outreach information, specialist brain injury recovery advice for survivors and their families and supports them as they come to terms with the changed circumstances brought about by brain injury.
- Our Enablement Service is centre based and open every weekday offering activities that focus on the five elements of rehabilitation: emotional functioning; cognitive functioning; learning; social interaction and behaviour. This takes the form of a structured timetable so that survivors can select the activities that help them work towards their goals. We work one to one and also employ a group format to harness the unique recovery benefits of peer contact and support.
- Our Social and Support Groups provide a relaxed environment within the community where survivors and their families can meet new people, share experiences and support each other. We provide training events, social events and facilitate family support groups.