The Way Ahead

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.


The Way Ahead 2018

Following excellent feedback from last year's conference The Way Ahead returned to the Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre.

This year's packed agenda featured fascinating keynote talks, engaging workshops covering a host of topics, and a variety of therapies and activities.


We had three excellent speakers on the day covering a range of topics, they included:

Managing sleep and fatigue in people with a brain injury - Dr David Lee, Clinical Director, Sleep Unlimited.

Dr David Lee BSc PhD CertEd CPsychol AFBPsS CSci.  Originally a Human Biologist, but then conducted a PhD in Sleep Psychology at Loughborough University's internationally renowned Sleep Research Centre examining sleep and associated quality of life in at-risk, clinical groups.  Since then he has held academic posts at Bradford and Newcastle Universities, lecturing in Psychobehavioural Treatments for Insomnia. 

Where did i go? - Polly Williamson

Former equestrian representing Great Britain at 4 European Championships (winning 6 Gold medals). Author of ‘Where did I go?’ after sustaining a traumatic brain injury.

Mark Bowra MBE

Mark was a Lieutenant Colonel with the Royal Marines, Mark had his life change dramatically when he suffered a stroke. Mark took part in the Invictus Games in 2017 and has recently taken part in the X Forces self-employment course, funded by Help for Heroes, with the intention of setting up a business providing BOWRA bags to help others with a brain injuries begin their own rehabilitation and recovery.


At this years Way Ahead we had a range of workshops and seminars covering a variety of topics such as GDPR, safeguarding, working together in acute trauma and daily rituals for mindful living. 

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.

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Thank you for your interest in attending The Way Ahead. 

More information regarding booking future events will be available in due course.