As you may be aware, last year we took a small group of clients for a mini break to an activity holiday Centre in the Lake District in 2014; run by the Calvert Trust who are very experienced in providing activities for people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and disabilities caused by acquired brain injuries.
From this experience we booked a greater number of places for a week in July for 2015. There are still some places left on the 2015 Holiday, involving activities such as abseiling, climbing, sailing, bush trial, use of the onsite hydro pool, horse riding and many others. Please call us on 0121 457 7541 (option 4) for more details.
Headway West Midlands will be taking support staff to support all the group but if the needs of an individual client are deemed / assessed, by the Headway West Midlands management team to require a one to one support worker; you will need to pay separately for a staff member or a carer themselves to come with the client.
Headway West Midlands pampered chef party at Leighton House on the 11th May.
Tickets cost £2 each which covers the costs of the food that is cooked during the evening which everyone gets to sample. There will also be a raffle. Please feel free to bring friends and family. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
Our Carer Services Manager, Nancy Khan, will be running the Morrisons Great Birmingham 10k on the 3rd May, to raise money for HWM. If you would like to sponsor Nancy, please click here. Thank you!
Our charity shop in Great Barr is currently looking for some more wonderful volunteers to join the team. We need people to help with: steaming, tagging and hanging the clothes, plus help sorting and arranging bric-a-brac, and also working on the till. If you think you could spare a few hours a week, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Tracey on 0121 357 1296.
For more information please click Charity shop volunteer positions.
Please note -if you wish to make a donation, please make it payable to 'Headway West Midlands'. Thank you.
Headway WM have a number of fundraising events throughout the year - why not look at getting involved with some of our next fundraising events
Headway are always in need of volunteers across our many services and also welcome student placements. We also need volunteers at our Charity Shop.
Headway offers a variety of support services to carers and families.
Headway West Midlands offer a wide range or services to brain injured people in our centres, in the persons home and out in the community.
Headway WM Services are aimed at helping the whole family through the brain injury journey. We offer a wide variety of services to meet the many different needs of individuals, from advice through to 1 to 1 workers.
We have lots of new and exciting clubs launching in the next few weeks - yoga, swimming, football, archery, sailing! Click on the sports activities link for more details.
Please Click on the service area links below, for more information regarding all our standard Headway West Midlands events for April 2015...
On Friday 30th May, 20 brave jumpers took to the skies to raise funds for Headway West Midlands. We all had a superb day and every single skydiver expressed a wish to do it again once they'd landed. Those jumpers will have raised in excess of £5000 once all the sponsorship has been collected. Headway West Midlands would like to thank all the staff at Hinton Diving Centre for looking after us so well and to thank each and every jumper for helping to achieve a massive total. One lady paid her husband's deposit as a birthday present for him and he had no idea until his birthday, a few days before jump day, that he was doing the skydive. He was thrilled and loved every minute of it.
If you would like to take part or maybe book a place for a loved one (Or not such a loved one), please speak to Vanessa on 0121 457 7541 for information about our next jump on Friday 29th May, 2015.
Jump for Free!! All we need is a £50 deposit to secure a place, and as long as you raise £350 in donations, it won’t cost you a penny to jump. Confirmation needed by February 2015
Headway West Midlands working in partnership with spokz people seeks Level 4 volunteer counsellors with min. 50 hours. Expenses, training & supervision provided. We have a waiting list. Position based in Northfield,Birmingham. For more information please contact Sharon Savage on 01214577541 option 3.
Please click on the following links to search for volunteering vacancies. If you wish to apply for or discuss any of the listed vacancies, please contact the Personnel Department on 0121-457-7541, or email Personnel2@headway-wm.org.uk
My name is Stephen Brightman and I suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2006 which totally changed my life. Prior to my injury I was a social worker for children’s services, a job which I took great pride in and even though it could be challenging I loved it. Having been left with severe Aphasia after my injury it was clear that I could not continue in the job I loved, this came as a severe blow and for a long time I just wanted to curl up and die. I numbed the pain with alcohol for 5 years, until eventually I realised that I needed to get back on my feet. I gave up drinking and with the help of my cousin Sarah I got in touch with some services that have really helped me get back on track.
I am currently attending Moseley Hall for speech and language therapy and my speech has improved over the last year. Although it is not yet improved to a level I am happy with, I will continue to work hard at learning how to speak again. It was a great achievement for me when I learnt to say my cousin Sarah’s name this year as she is such a great support to me I wanted to be able to tell people how great she is.
Headway WM offer a variety of Steps clubs that I attend which have been a huge help to me. I love taking part in events like bowling club, lunch club, walking club and photography club as they are activities that I enjoy. As well as being great pastimes, the encouragement that comes from getting out and meeting people who have struggled with an accident or an injury like me is invaluable and I feel that my confidence has improved a great deal since I joined the Steps groups just over a year ago.
Headway WM Sports events have been offered this year and I have been learning to sail competitively which is something I am really enjoying and would love to continue in the future. I have also taken up Archery tester sessions which i hope will be available for the long term as I am enjoying the challenge of learning new things.
I am looking forward to the future now and I know it will be filled with enjoyable activities and social events. I hope my speech will improve further and I will continue to work hard at learning new words. I hope to be able to give something back to Headway WM for all of their help and support by doing a sponsored skydive from them in 2015.
Affiliated to Headway - the brain injury association - a registered Charity
Headway West Midlands Registered Charity No 1008798 Company Reg No 2686647