(previously Headway West Midlands)
Help us raise funds by making an exhilarating 10,000 feet freefall!
Parachute jump on Friday 3rd June, 2016. No experience is required and if you raise the minimum amount of sponsorship of £350 you will get to jump for free!
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 March 2016...
Help us raise funds by making an exhilarating 10,000 feet freefall in our annual tandem Skydive. No experience is required and if you raise the minimum amount of sponsorship of £300 you will get to jump for free!
Headway West Midlands are currently recruiting for volunteer counsellors.
The position will provide specialist experience in working with people with acquired brain injury, and with their carers and family members.
We can also provide various training including understanding brain injury, as well as reimbursement for travel expenses. The position is based at Leighton House in Rubery, and the hours can be flexible to suite your requirements.
If you are qualified to at least level 4 with a minimum of 50 hours clinical experience and able to secure your own supervision and professional liability insurance, we would be keen to hear from you.
To apply, or for an informal chat for more information please contact Alison or Sally on 0121 457 7541 option 5.
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 Option 5, or email Personnel2@headway-wm.org.uk
My name is Simon Tricklebank and I had three strokes in 2008 which left me with impaired movement down my left side, difficulty speaking and impaired vision.
Since joining the Sports inclusion and Community Steps in 2014 I have attended a variety of social events and sports groups.
The swimming at Tudor Grange in the evening has not only increased my movement and improved my balance it has helped me to regain some of the confidence I lost following the strokes. I improved so much in my swimming I was presented with a cup from Solihull Seals. Lynne and I are now also on the committee for the swimming club.
This new found confidence prompted me to attend the disability archery club where I have progressed tremendously with my stance and aim and am now able to stand to shoot instead of sitting as I did initially and I regularly score high marks despite my impairment of vision caused by my stroke.
I have now attended the inclusive cycling club for over a year. I have been able to re learn to ride a bicycle and have built up both my core strength and cardiac fitness. I started off on a tricycle and my aim is to gradually start to aim to learn to ride a two wheel bicycle. I have already, with assistance, used a two wheeled balance bike. The cycling sessions are also attended by my wife and parents in law. We all ride bicycles together. There are not many opportunities for us all to do things independently but in a group together and it has helped all of us with our fitness.
I find the Steps groups invaluable as I get to meet new people and spend time with my wife Lynne who has been a great support to me over the past few years. I recently enjoyed spending an afternoon with her and other Headway West Midlands service users and their carers watching the Pantomime at the Birmingham Hippodrome and going out for a meal afterwards.
One of my favourite days of 2015 so far has been the climbing taster session we had at Red point climbing centre in Birmingham. It was the kind of physical challenge which I relish and the fact that I took on and conquered a couple of the climbs gave me a huge sense of achievement and boosted my confidence. I am now a fortnightly club so I can build up my strength and tackle the higher climbs. My strength in my affected side is definitely improving and I set myself new goals each time we visit the climbing centre.
All the physical activities I do with Headway West Midlands are helping improve my self confidence and physical rehabilitation. Each activity has a benefit to another; for example, the cycling has helped improve my core strength which has helped in turn to improve my posture at Archery and my ability to float when swimming.
Access to the social groups has helped us meet other people who can empathise with my situation and understand the challenges we face on a daily basis.
I am keen to join more groups in Sports and Steps.... I just need another day in the week!!!
Lynne Tricklebank (Simon’s wife) “The work you all do has helped Simon and I achieve so much and live again .”
PLEASE NOTE that Headway West Midlands is a local independent charity and any donations made through Headway (UK) the national organisation will not be given to local Headways. Therefore if you wish to make any kind of donation/fundraise for your local area please contact Headway West Midlands on 0121 457 7541, or donate through the links below.
Affiliated to Headway - the brain injury association - a registered Charity
Headway West Midlands Registered Charity No 1008798 Company Reg No 2686647