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

29 June - 1 July 2018

Following excellent feedback from last year's conference we are pleased to confirm that The Way Ahead will be returning to the Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre.

This year's packed agenda features fascinating keynote talks, engaging workshops covering a host of topics, and a variety of therapies and activities to take part in.

New additiones for 2018 include GDPR, equine assisted learning, safeguarding, seminar sessions, Ukulele's and Headway's Got Talent.

A provisional programme of events and activities for the weekend is available to download by clicking one of the following links: Headway group/branch and Non-Headway attendees.


We have three excellent speakers covering a range of topics joining us on Saturday, these include:

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 year's Way Ahead we have a range of workshops covering a variety of topics such as compassion fatigue, managing professional boundaries, safeguarding and GDPR. A full list of workshops can be found in the provisional programme which is available to download above.


Bookings are now being taken!

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

All bookings include meals, refreshments/snacks and accommodation where applicable.

There are a limited number of accessible rooms which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and we will do our best to accommodate individual requirements. Please email the team on to discuss specific needs prior to completing your booking form.

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.

Kindly supported by:

The Way Ahead 2017


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


At this years Way Ahead we had a range of workshops covering a variety topics such as relationships, cyber security and social media. Presentation and handouts from the workshops can be download by clicking the links below:

Keynote speeches

The tragic story behind the Somerset Serious Case Review

Acquired brain injury in the criminal justice system - Dr Ivan Pitman

Managing risk in brain injury - Brian Moore