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Project information

Supporting Independence and Social Inclusion

We aim to provide Independent Living workshops for people who have suffered a brain injury. The modules support wellbeing, personal safety, improved communication skills, improved nutritional health and financial awareness. This programme will also address issues related to social inclusion

this is a 20 week modular programme

Charity information: Headway Portsmouth and South East Hants

Headway Portsmouth and South East Hants logo
  • Need


    Brain Injury is often described as a “hidden” disability as it leaves people with damage that cannot be seen, but has a tremendous impact on the individual’s ability to reintegrate into community life. Many brain-injured people are left with personality changes, slowed responses, a lack of insight into their own limitations, poor communication skills, and memory difficulties.Recovery from brain injury can be a very slow process; we work with each individual towards realistic, achievable goals


    The project will assist service users in learning new skills and relearning skills lost as part of the brain injury; attendees on this programme will improve communication, independence, health and wellbeing and build confidence and self esteem. Service Users will have a more level platform in the community. The programme will also benefit family members and carers as the Service User learns to become more independent and gains in confidence.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support Independence


    » Provide modular workshops delivering training on improved communication and relationship skills and Financial Awareness and Budgeting

    What success will look like

    Assessing each individual prior to the programme and reviewing and monitoring development. Reviewing with Carers and Family members

    Aim 2

    Support health and Wellbeing


    » Provide workshops on Fun and Fitness activities; Balanced Nutrition and Heart Health

    What success will look like

    Conducting reviews. Service users will be able to demonstrate what healthy nutrition is. the importance of exercise and social activity.

    Aim 3

    Support Social Inclusion


    » Provide scheduled peer group activities; Outreach facilities

    What success will look like

    Using our review process, service users will demonstrate group activities they are involved with, some will be volunteering within Headway or in the local community.

  • Impact


    The project will reduce the number of brain injured adults re-entering hospital as a result of stress, depression and anxiety. Improve independence and opportunity for each person on the course. 60% of service users will be volunteering in the community or taking up further education.


    The course could overrrun if we did not select individuals who are ready for this next stage in their development.

    We will assess each service user on the course to ensure they are ready to attend the programme and monitor each individual to ensure we are meeting their requirements.


    We will publish evidence gained from our Review, Assessment, Monitoring Process (RAMP) to feedback on the programme and attendance will be registered to provide statistical analysis for donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,184

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      Amount Heading Description
      £683 Sessional Support Worker Salary costs of 20 week course
      £80 volunteer expenses travel expenses for skilled volunteers to support the programme
      £307 Room costs cost of rent; electricity for room
      £114 Course handouts stationary, printing, leaflets and coursework
  • Background


    the course will be held at our premises in Portsmouth.
    14 areas in Portsmouth are placed in the worst 10% of areas in England
    More people are suffering from social deprivation than in 2007
    28 areas of Portsmouth are placed in the worst 10% areas in England in respect to crime and assaults
    Portsmouth has a higher incidence of health issues including coronary heart disease and stroke. All factors in brain injury.


    People who have suffered head injury/acquired brain injury living in the South East Hampshire area who are ready for the next stage of their rehabilitiation will benefit from this project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been in operation for 30 years delivering training, guidance, support and information.

    There is no other charity in SE Hampshire delivering services for people with brain injury and their carers and family members

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Service Manager

    A skilled people manager and holds MSc, BA Hons, Cert Ed FIfL, MBCS qualifications, she is a skilled training professional and will deliver modules