Supporting those with brain injury in Northamptonshire
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Headway Northampton offers a structured programme approach, which enables service users to develop skills, which aid recovery. Service users are encouraged to attend a variety of groups and courses. Each course is specifically designed to address an area of difficulty experienced by the individual. Alternatively, service users could be interested in a certain course or have a desire to learn a new skill.

Our workshops and activities are varied, inspiring, practical, and educational. This involves the development of new skills and encourages self-expression.

Being involved in group work encourages social interaction and can help to alleviate feelings of depression and isolation.

All courses are tailored to suit the interests of the service users. Courses regularly change and develop to maintain interest and to continue development.

All our tutors are specialist artists with a great deal of experience in their fields. They are responsive to the needs of our service users and will always endeavour to take on new ideas and interests.

For many of our service users, the groups they engage in are one of the most valuable things about spending time at Headway Northampton and we aim to continue to inspire and engage.

Art and Craft Workshops

Arts and crafts courses are aimed at helping our service users to develop manual dexterity and improve hand-eye co-ordination. Through the workshops offered, we encourage service users to express themselves and their emotions, which can help them to come to terms with some elements of their brain injury. Being able to express their personality and feelings has been an important part of progression for our service users throughout the years.

Each of the projects offered requires forward planning. This helps to orientate service users to the future and encourages recall from one session to the next. It also encourages service users to set realistic short-term goals in order to achieve a long-term aim.

By having clear goals, service users are regularly reminded of their performance and achievements that helps to improve self-esteem and creates a sense of mastery over their own daily activities.

All of the arts and crafts groups are conducted in a group setting and this encourages interaction with both staff and other service users. Through this, staff are able to reinforce appropriate social behaviour and encourage social reintegration.

Physical Workshops

Many of our service users are left with physical disability following their brain injury. Engagement in physical workshops aims to encourage mobility and co-ordination. For all our service users, with or without disability, the activities help to maintain fitness levels and improve both physical and psychological wellbeing.

Physical workshops, particularly those outside, help service users to channel their anxiety and agitation into constructive outlets. Each activity will take place as a group and this allows service users to develop problem-solving skills through working as a team. Through working together service users are able to identify common goals and encourage one another to achieve their aims.

Practical Skills Workshops

Headway Northampton aims to help individuals to develop skills that will enable them to function in their daily lives. It also encourages them to learn skills that allow them to reintegrate themselves into a work environment in the future.

Gardening, textiles, and mechanics are especially popular with service users and provide both unusual and challenging sessions.

Alongside these structured groups, Headway Northampton encourages service users to maintain their skills of daily living. They are encouraged to make their own teas and coffees and to take orders for others, which aid recall. Service users will also become involved in activities such as washing tablecloths used in their groups, maintaining equipment, and using the computers for research.

These activities are an integral part of recovery and maintaining an independent lifestyle.

Social Activities

One of the things, which many individuals miss most following a brain injury, is engagement in social activities. We aim to offer both activities during the week in the unit, as well as additional events in the evenings and at weekends for service users and their families. We also provide trips out into the local community, either for research for groups or purely for fun.

The social activities allow service users to interact with each other in an environment in which they are comfortable. Interaction with staff allows appropriate boundaries to be maintained. The appropriate boundaries that are learnt can then be maintained for future social activities outside the unit.