Supporting those with brain injury in Northamptonshire
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News and Events

Summer Open Days!
Tuesday 11th July AND Thursday 13th July - 1pm to 4.30pm






New Monthly Drop In Service - Starting Monday 27th Feb







Make your voice heard!
2nd Independent Review into PIP Assessment – Call for Evidence

The deadline for responses is Friday 16th September 2016.

About the Pip Assessment Review

The online form does not allow you to keep a copy of your response, it goes directly to the Independent Review team.

This is more time consuming but you can keep a copy of your responses for yourself, and if you wish, you could share your answers with Headway Northampton, although we are not in a position to help you complete the form.


Remember, the deadline is Friday 16th September. Please do whatever you can to have your say and make your voice count!






Headway Annual General Meeting - Monday 5th September

  1. Chairmans welcome and apologies.
  2. Minutes of the 2015 AGM to be agreed and matters arising. (Copy by request prior to meeting or availlable at the meeting)
  3. Chairmans Report.
  4. Presentation of the 2015-2016 Accounts and matters arising.
  5. The Unit Manager's Report.
  6. Retirements/re-election of trustees and committee members.
  7. Any other business.





Concussion Awareness Campaign



If in Doubt, Sit it Out Campaign




Run the Northampton Half Marathon for us on 4th September


Half Marathon Runners for Headway 2015




Headway Northampton rewarded in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund





Autumn/Winter 2014 Newsletter





Spring/Summer 2014 Newsletter





Extraordinary General Meeting

Tuesday 10th June 2014





Action for Brain Injury Week - 12th to 18th May 2014

Ticking time bomb: The false economy of cuts to brain injury support services.

In Spring 2014 Headway – the brain injury association, conducted two surveys to examine the impact government reforms of the welfare benefits system and the cuts to local authority budgets are having on the lives of people affected by brain injury.

Are funding cuts having an impact on the lives of people affected by brain injury?

Are local funding cuts having an impact on the ability of Headway groups and branches to support those affected by brain injury?

Collated from the various Headway groups and branches the surveys were designed to inform Headways 2014 Action for Brain Injury week campaign. Entitled "Don't Cut Me Out." the campaign sought to raise awareness of the impact of welfare reforms and spending cuts on brain injured people and Headway support services.

Once collated a press release was sent out to local papers, radio and other media providing the findings of the report. It gave clear evidence that cuts to local authority budgets and welfare benefits reform are having a detrimental effect on the well being of brain injury survivors and their carers, physically and psychologically.

At Headway Northampton we have noticed the effect these changes are having on our clients and their carers. The changes in the welfare benefits system have caused tremendous stress and worry, particularly with the work capability assessments, and that the assessments do not recognise "hidden injury", looking at the physical rather than psychological and emotional problems.

Happily, all of the clients that we have helped to appeal against an original rejection for Employment Support Allowance have at least won those appeal cases and been placed into the support group for the ESA benefit. However this is always a very long process and the pressure put onto the brain injured person and their carers is immense.

In fact, the report found that 85.3% felt the implementation of welfare reform is not fair on people with brain injury or their carers. Its findings also showed that 87% of Headway group and branch representatives were concerned about the physical and emotional well being of their clients. We ourselves see this on a regular basis at Headway Northampton, with the clients, their families and carers that come to us. While changes are afoot because ATOS will lose the contract for the Work Capability assessments from February 2015, there is clearly still a long way to go.


Debbie Fitzgerald - Assistant Manager Headway Northampton





Winter Newsletter 2013





Well-Being Event - 21st November 2013

The Well-Being Event held in November was a great success and we had 2 VIP's in attendence, The Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Northampton. Spending the evening with us and taking time to look around the unit, which looked fantastic decorated for our Christmas events, they visited the many stalls that had booked for the evening, stalls that were very varied.

From a lady Psychic giving readings, someone providing Swedish massage, another lady giving Indian head massage and tables for beauty products, jewellery, Christmas gifts, hand-made crafts and some very popular decorated cupcakes.

The Mayor and Lady Mayoress even bought some of their Christmas gifts whilst they were here. It was actually their first visit to Headway Northampton and they viewed with interest all the work completed by our service users as well as the WNDC award winning garden, festooned as it is at the moment with Christmas trees and sparkling lights all ready for Santa (and Elvis) at the forthcoming Christmas Party.

Both said they were very impressed with the all work that was on show and it was a wonderful evening with a great response from the public that raised £800. Money that will be used to provide Christmas festivities for our service users and their families.

Our thanks go to everyone that helped make this such a fantastic event.







Hoist for The Kennedy Suite

Those of you that attend Headway Northampton will be aware that we have been trying to raise money for a hoist that can be used in the Kennedy Suite bath, showers and Jacuzzi.

We are pleased to announce that with the help of organisations such as the Boothville over 60's Club, Nether Heyford Baptist Church, Shoosmiths Solicitors and from Christine Silver in memory of Barry Tickner, one of our first clients some 30 years ago, that we have now raised enough money to make that purchase.

And Shire Mobility, a local business trading opposite our unit, who are always supportive of our work have also generously given us a discount on the hoist. Hopefully this means we can even have it installed for our service users before Christmas.

Having the hoist available will be wonderful, meaning that the facilities offered in the Kennedy Suite will be accessible to more people with a disability than ever before. Because although the Kennedy Suite is based in Headway Northampton these facilities are available to anyone with a disability, not just those that have had a brain injury. For more information please contact us.





In Memory of Mickey

You will know in the last newsletter we had to let you all know about the sad loss of one of our service users Mikey Edwards.

The service users of Headway Northampton wanted to organise some sort of memoriam for Mikey. It was decided after a group discussion that they wanted to raise the money for a bench in the garden where they could sit and have a quiet moment.

This has been achieved by the making and selling of cupcakes, selling bric-a brac and individual donations. The bench has now been purchased and is in pride of place in the garden, a plaque too has been added to it.

As Mikey loved to play pool we will also be organising an annual Pool Knockout with a cup that will be engraved every year with the winner. The winner will take home a smaller trophy and the cup will stay at Headway Northampton on display for all to see.

Everyone in the unit has been a part of these fundraising ventures proving that Mikey will not be forgotten, but thought about often. The Pool knockout begins in the New Year.





Northampton Half Marathon - 22nd Sept 2013







Summer/Autumn 2013 Newsletter