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Project information

Young Peoples Group

Creating a framework to enable young people with acquired brain injury to support each other and find new opportunities for their future


Charity information: Headway East London

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  • Need


    The group helps younger people with a brain injury get together with others in similar situations, people who can relate and understand and who won’t make hasty judgements. Members of the group have the chance to help other people and to find help for themselves, improving their self esteem, doing things they enjoy and exploring questions about life after injury.


    A co-ordinator manages the group and supports the members. The group includes telephone contact, group meetings and outings. The group relies most of all on peer-support: working together to find solutions to shared problems. If people can make friends through the group, this will be a sustainable support system that will be valuable in the long term. Emphasis is placed on gaining support and feedback from each other on areas of difficulty - socialising, relationships, careers and identity.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Creating a framework to enable young people with acquired brain injury to support each other.


    » A co-ordinator manages the group and supports the members. The group relies most of all on peer-support: on people working together to find solutions.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...decide on their own activities and discussion topics and encourage them to think positively about their future and be able to come to terms with their new life.

  • Impact


    We expect there will also be a knock-on benefit for family members as the young person becomes better abe to come to terms with this life changing injury. This will only be gleaned from the member and their families feedback on changes made and their perceived success.


    Funding predominantly. It doesn't neatly come in a defined category as with physical disability or mental health and so the needs of the people affected are often overlooked and support services underfunded


    Service audit, case studies or as required.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,538

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,073 Coordinator Young Persons' Group coordinator 7hrs/week
      £3,535 Running Costs Line Mangement/Premises/clinical supervision/Outings
      £16,930 Music Therapy Teacher salary incl. cost (FT) / Training / Instruments

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Mackintosh Foundation £500 Guaranteed
    Alchemy Foundation £1,000 Guaranteed
    Baily thomas £2,499 Conditional
  • Background


    Headway East London
    Bradbury House,
    Timber Wharf, Block B
    238-240 Kingsland Road
    London E2 8AX


    Pop: London and East London.
    The areas cover are predominantly poor and disadvantaged.
    In 1997, a collection of people directly affected by acquired brain injury (ABI) and professionals working in neurological rehabilitation, identified a absence of long-term support for people with ABI in Hackney and the surrounding area. In an attempt to provide support to those in the local community, Headway East London was born.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Headway House (Kingsland Road, E2) is open five days a week, acting as the hub for all the charitable activity generated by Headway East London with services including family and carer support, a younger person’s network, outreach, a volunteering programme, counselling, physiotherapy, and complementary therapy, and new Discovery Programme.
    Headway East London is not just a provider of professional services - it’s an important community with around 170 members.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Miriam Lantsbury

    CEO - Miriam has overseen the growth and development of Headway East London over the last fifteen years.

    Dan Taylor

    Young Persons' Networks Co-ordinator - Will spearhead the YPG groups activities and outings.


    After a brain injury, people may have difficulty using gestures and words to communicate. Alex helps people to use music to reconnect with the world.