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... providing services for people with brain injury and their families

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 Headway West Midlands 2015 Calendar has now arrived!!

 

The calendar consists of photographs taken by both staff and clients, as well as their personal stories of what Headway means to them. Calendar's cost £5 each (or £6 with postage). For more information please click here.  If you wish to purchase a calendar contact Tamsyn on 0121 457 7541 (option 4).

 

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Client Christmas Cards

Clients at Headway House have been busy making bespoke Christmas Cards to sell this year. All cards have been designed and crafted by our clients and are available for sale. Please get in touch with staff at Headway House if you are interested in purchasing any at 50p each – first come first serve!

 

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  • Headway West Midlands Holiday 2014

    Headway West Midlands Holiday 2014

      Steps and Sports decided to go away for a few days as a trial run before we offer a larger group holiday in 2015. Here is the lowdown on how it went... We set off with a bit of a shaky start as the pre arranged assistance booked with Birmingham New Street did not appear. We knew we were off on an activity holiday but we did not think it would start off with a race to the train!! (Not good enough Birmingham New Street. We WILL be making a complaint about it). Arriving at Penryth was a completely different story and the assistance there was brilliant. Awaiting us was the welcome sight of a Calvert Trust minibus ready to take us to our destination. After our first and very tasty evening meal we set out on a night walk. Luckily some of us remembered torches and we didn’t manage to lose  anyone and although Faisal had a pretty good go at launching himself into the lake we all arrived back at the centre unscathed and still dry. The next morning we were up and raring to get on with the plan…
  • Winter Newsletter Click Here

    Winter Newsletter Click Here

    The Winter edition (click Here) of the Headway WM Newsletter is now available.  If you would like to be on our Mailing List please call on 0121-457-7541

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Please note -if you wish to make a donation, please make it payable to 'Headway West Midlands'. Thank you.

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Headway WM have a number of fundraising events throughout the year - why not look at getting involved with some of our next fundraising events

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Headway are always in need of volunteers across our many services and also welcome student placements.  We also need volunteers at our Charity Shop.

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Headway offers a variety of support services to carers and families.

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Headway West Midlands offer a wide range or services to brain injured people in our centres, in the persons home and out in the community.

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Headway WM  Services are aimed at helping the  whole family through the brain injury journey.   We offer a wide variety of services to meet the many different needs of individuals, from advice through to 1 to 1 workers.

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We have lots of new and exciting clubs launching in the next few weeks - yoga, swimming, football, archery, sailing! Click on the sports activities link for more details.

 

Please Click on the service area links below, for more information regarding all our standard Headway West Midlands events for December 2014...

Services in the Community (Steps) Events

Sports Activities Events

Carer Services Events

ABI Services Events

 
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Service in the community Skydive fundraiser

On Friday 30th May, 20 brave jumpers took to the skies to raise funds for Headway West Midlands.  We all had a superb day and every single skydiver expressed a wish to do it again once they'd landed.  Those jumpers will have raised in excess of £5000 once all the sponsorship has been collected.  Headway West Midlands would like to thank all the staff at Hinton Diving Centre for looking after us so well and to thank each and every jumper for helping to achieve a massive total. One lady paid her husband's deposit as a birthday present for him and he had no idea until his birthday, a few days before jump day, that he was doing the skydive.  He was thrilled and loved every minute of it.

If you would like to take part or maybe book a place for a loved one (Or not such a loved one) for a Christmas present, please speak to Vanessa on 0121 457 7541 for information about our next jump on Friday 29th May, 2015..  All we need is a £50 deposit to secure a place, and as long as you raise £350 in donations, it won’t cost you a penny to jump.

 

 

Dena's Sponsored bike ride challenge

 

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Since her stroke, Dena has had a left side weakness, each week she usually cycles around 2 miles during her gym session. 

Dena has set herself the challenge of doubling her usual cycling each week in order to cycle 75 miles from August 18th until Christmas.

That’s the equivalent of cycling from Moseley to Milton Keynes!

To sponsor Dena please contact Sarah Wood at Headway House, Moseley on 0121 442 4656 or speak to any ABI staff member.

Dena and Headway thank you for your support

*UPDATE: Headway House client Dena Walters is well on her way to reaching her goal of riding 75 miles on an exercise bike and is very much ahead of schedule! She completes on average 6 miles a week and may increase her goal to reach 100 miles by Christmas. If anybody would like to sponsor Dena please get in touch with Sarah Wood on 01214424656.*

 

ABI's Christmas Party Fundraiser

To ALL STAFF, CLIENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS ABI invites you to our Christmas Party fundraiser Satuday 13th December 2014. The party starts at 7pm and ends at 11.30pm.

There will be a Buffet, entertainment and disco. the event will be at Cadbury Social Club (Centenary suite).Bournville Lane, Birmingham B30 2LU.

 Tickets are on sale now:

£13 PER PERSON

£6 PER CHILD (under 12yrs)

 This is a limited ticket event, so don’t miss out!!

Please contact Becky Whenham or Helen Bourke for further information. 0121 442 4656/0121 457 7541 (Option 1).

 

 

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Counsellor Wanted

Headway West Midlands working in partnership with spokz people seeks Level 4 volunteer counsellors with min. 50 hours. Expenses, training & supervision provided. We have a waiting list. Position based in Northfield,Birmingham. For more information please contact Sharon Savage on 01214577541 option 3.

 

Please click on the following links to search for volunteering vacancies. If you wish to apply for or discuss any of the listed vacancies, please contact the Personnel Department on 0121-457-7541, or email Personnel2@headway-wm.org.uk

Charity Shop Volunteer Positions

Leighton House - Rubery Volunteer Positions

Leighton House ABI Service volunteer Positions

Headway House - Moseley Volunteer Positions

Carers Service Volunteer Positions

Community Steps Volunteer Positions

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Stephen Brightman

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My name is Stephen Brightman and I suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2006 which totally changed my life. Prior to my injury I was a social worker for children’s services, a job which I took great pride in and even though it could be challenging I loved it. Having been left with severe Aphasia after my injury it was clear that I could not continue in the job I loved, this came as a severe blow and for a long time I just wanted to curl up and die. I numbed the pain with alcohol for 5 years, until eventually I realised that I needed to get back on my feet. I gave up drinking and with the help of my cousin Sarah I got in touch with some services that have really helped me get back on track.

I am currently attending Moseley Hall for speech and language therapy and my speech has improved over the last year. Although it is not yet improved to a level I am happy with, I will continue to work hard at learning how to speak again. It was a great achievement for me when I learnt to say my cousin Sarah’s name this year as she is such a great support to me I wanted to be able to tell people how great she is.

Headway WM offer a variety of Steps clubs that I attend which have been a huge help to me. I love taking part in events like bowling club, lunch club, walking club and photography club as they are activities that I enjoy. As well as being great pastimes, the encouragement that comes from getting out and meeting people who have struggled with an accident or an injury like me is invaluable and I feel that my confidence has improved a great deal since I joined the Steps groups just over a year ago.

Headway WM Sports events have been offered this year and I have been learning to sail competitively which is something I am really enjoying and would love to continue in the future. I have also taken up Archery tester sessions which i hope will be available for the long term as I am enjoying the challenge of learning new things.

 

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I am looking forward to the future now and I know it will be filled with enjoyable activities and social events. I hope my speech will improve further and I will continue to work hard at learning new words. I hope to be able to give something back to Headway WM for all of their help and support by doing a sponsored skydive from them in 2015.

 

 

 

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 Affiliated to Headway - the brain injury association - a registered Charity

Headway West Midlands Registered Charity No 1008798 Company Reg No 2686647

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