The Way Ahead 2019

Friday 5 July - Sunday 7 July

Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre

Sponsored by Thompsons Solicitors

The Way Ahead is an annual event that brings together representatives from groups and branches across the UK and Channel Islands, along with professionals with an active interest in the work of Headway to enjoy a weekend of learning, sharing and socialising in a relaxing and welcoming environment.

Chris Bryant MP
Confirmed to speak at The Way Ahead

Chris Bryant MP has been a tireless champion for brain injury survivors, families and carers in Parliament. We are delighted that he will be joining us at The Way Ahead to talk to us about why ABI matters to him, and how awareness of ABI in Parliament has changed. As well as chairing the All-Party Parliamentary Group on ABI, Chris has raised ABI issues in debates ranging from mental capacity, welfare benefits to education and probation – he’s even managed to talk about ABI during a debate on Brexit!


Why ABI matters to me and how awareness of ABI in Parliament has changed
Chris Bryant MP

The impact of brain injury on the family: personal and professional reflections
Dr Audrey Daisley and Co-presenter Nicola Hughes

Cifas: Fraud and Vulnerability
Kirstie Brookman, Protecting the Vulnerable Lead - Cifas

New for 2019

Capita PIP workshop
The team from Capita will be joining us to provide a comprehensive overview of the role Capita plays in managing  PIP assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Communities. 

Is Anna ok?
A BBC virtual reality experience that explains the impact of brain injury on the relationship of identical twins. You can find out more about this stunning new virtual reality project here.

Tangle Tree - a tale of triumph, despair, hope and love.
A catastrophic event forces the two women to face reality. But what is familiar, where is the thread? Is it in the wool, the yarn? Or does it lie with sleeping dogs?

JDJB and TLBB Productions are a professional theatre company affiliated to Headway Bristol and Headway Somerset.

'TangleTree' is a fictionalised story based on research. Many people came forward with their stories of survival through brain injury. Stories of despair, hope, bravery and love.

View the Tangle Tree trailer here.

Same but Different exhibition
Same but Different is a not-for-profit organisation who use the arts to give a greater voice to those affected by disability and rare diseases. They create thought-provoking art projects that stimulate conversation, change attitudes and empower those affected. More information on the exhibition can be found here.

Workshops & therapies

Raising the profile of your group/branch with local politicians
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Horticulture therapy
Onsite massage
Relaxation session
Drama therapy
Laughter therapy
Learning exchange programmes
Health and rehabilitation exercise
Perfecting your social media marketing
Generating local press coverage for Groups and Branches

Exhibiting at The Way Ahead

If you are interested in holding an exhibition stand at The Way ahead more information can be found on the following link The Way Ahead Exhibition Opportunities Discounted exhibition stands are available for charities and Headway Approved Providers.

Booking type Headway group and branch rate Non-Headway rate
Full weekend £140 £175
Friday - Saturday (afternoon) £100 £130
Saturday - Sunday £100 £130
Day delegate £60 £60

Bursary places

Again this year with the kind assistance of our main sponsor, Thompsons Solicitors, we are able to offer a limited number of free bursaries for groups and branches. For more information and details on how to apply email

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