Project information

Improving life after brain injury

Our work enables people to find a new sense of being, independence and happiness through the rubble of a past life.
Whether it’s head trauma, stroke, traffic accidents, brain injury is not a disease. Anybody can be a victim.
Headway is vital to our community: we are safety, inclusion, peace of mind


Charity information: Headway Worcestershire

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  • Need


    Yearly, over 1000 people will acquire a brain injury in our county. In Worcestershire, Headway is the only brain injury-specialised organisation that understands the situation.

    Without support, complications can appear such as anxieties, depressions, increased risk of suicide and crime. Personality changes, uninhibited behaviour or amnesia are only a few effects hindering daily living. Support after brain injury has to be person centered and often long term, as any progress is slow and vexing.


    Our hands reach those in need through community outreach support, 3 rehabilitation centres, counselling, 2 support groups and psychological consultations. With us, people are enabled to reach their goals, work towards accepting their new disability, recovery and social inclusion. We offer housing and financial advice, advocacy and signposting.
    Our service extends past brain injury survivors to their family and carers, to whom we offer extra support, information and advice to rebuild lives.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To encourage and support every client to achieve well-being, independence and a happy social life.


    » The day centres provide a social, relaxed environment for people to maintain and build new skills through activities such as woodwork, arts or cooking
    » Outreach is a one-to-one service, person-centered and tailor-made to meet the needs of an individual in his own home or community.
    » The counselling & psychology service are delivered to those who need to better an array of challenges of behavioural or cognitive or emotional natures
    » Peer support is a unique opportunity for an individual with Brain Injury to understand their recovery by identifying commonalities between in others.

    What success will look like

    -throughput numbers
    -improvements of functional domains
    -increased scores in yearly client scores
    -audited by independent bodies who evaluate the quality of our services

  • Impact


    -reducing pressure on the NHS statutory services as groups promote emotional wellbeing, long term, low intensity interventions that potentially provides an ease on the workload of state services
    -Keep people healthy and independent for as long as possible and reduce the need for adult social care
    -Give service users greater choice over the services they use and greater control over their lives
    -Refocus care from acute hospitals into the community by a progress of of improved integration


    -a low number of referrals coming through means that out of the 1000 a year, we could only help a small proportion. Solution: we are investigating new referral paths & investing in the development of our current ones through visiting hospital wards
    -people arriving to us late in the recovery process, hindering their progress, as our support and guidance is most needed in the first 2 years from accident. Solution: increase awareness of our existence to ensure early contact with the brain injured


    Quantitative and qualitative reports on the key achievements of the work we do, as well as numbers of people we have helped.
    We strongly encourage visits on site and communicating directly with the people we help the most.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £200,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £200,000 Running costs staff, management
  • Background


    Those most at risk are people in the 15 – 29 age groups, particularly men. As Worcestershire demographics reflect a slightly higher ‘older’ population than national averages and has a more rural population, it is reasonable to estimate circa 1,000 people a year have a traumatic brain injury.

    Headway receives aproximately 150 referrals a year, a small proportion are people returning who had hoped to sustain a recovery but have a minor relapse and return for support.


    Besides the brain injured, family members and carers also require support as they often suffer "extraordinary" rates of depression and low levels of wellbeing as studies revealed. Almost 40% of carers are estimated to fall in the "severe" to "extremely severe" range of depression.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Headway is able to utilise a mix of paid staff, interns, volunteers and health and social care students on placement in its services. This unique blend of resources produces cost-effective services that invest time with service users in following through recovery programmes ‘prescribed’ by NHS professionals. Such resources are also deployed to help people developing critical and substantial needs, which leads to depending on local authority services.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tracie Finnegan

    Senior manager - Tracie has been with Headway for over a decade. She is he prime contact for anyone we help, as she carries out initial assessments.