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About Headway

Headway - the brain injury association is a registered charity (no 1025852 / SC039992) and a company limited by guarantee (reg. no 2346893).

Improving life after brain injury

Tom Birch, who sustained a serious brain injury while serving in the Royal Marines in Afghanistan"My brain injury will always be with me, but Headway has helped me rebuild my life. With the right help and support, there can be life after brain injury."
- Tom Birch, who sustained a serious brain injury while serving in the Royal Marines in Afghanistan.

Headway is the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury.

Through a range of frontline services run from its Nottingham base and via a network of more than 100 groups and branches across the UK, it provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as to professionals in the health and legal fields.

A brain injury can have devastating consequences for individuals and their families, affecting every aspect of life. Although we all think 'it'll never happen to me', a brain injury can affect anyone at any time. When it does, we're here to help.

Frontline services

  • A freephone nurse-led helpline (0808 800 2244,
  • An emergency fund to assist people dealing with the financial implications in the immediate aftermath of a brain injury
  • Headway Acute Trauma Support (HATS) nurses to support families whose loved ones are in the acute stage of care following brain injury
  • A comprehensive award-winning website containing information and factsheets on all aspects of brain injury
  • An award-winning range of booklets and factsheets designed to help people understand and cope with the effects of brain injury
  • A network of more than 120 groups and branches that provide physical, cognitive and social rehabilitation and support to individuals and families
  • An accreditation scheme for approved residential homes, rehabilitation units and respite facilities specialising in ABI
  • A directory of over 170 specialist brain injury solicitors, to help people get the legal advice they need after brain injury
  • Training courses to improve knowledge and understanding among professionals working in the field of brain injury. Courses include Understanding brain injury, Challenging behaviour following acquired brain injury, and Sex and sexuality following acquired brain injury

Behind the scenes

  • Campaigning and lobbying for better support and resources to be made available to people affected by brain injury, speaking out against government policies and social and health care changes that are not in the best interests of people affected by brain injury
  • Raising awareness of brain injury and its effects in the national media through regular television interviews, features, dramas and documentaries; via newspaper articles and interviews in magazines; and through thoughtprovoking, hard-hitting debates on radio programmes
  • A dedicated and passionate fundraising team, whose success in communicating the invaluable work of Headway to generous trusts, corporate supporters, private donors and community fundraisers alike makes all our work possible

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