Frequently asked questions

When is the Centre open?

• Monday to Friday between 9.45am and 2.45pm.  Most individuals attend one day per week.

What does it cost?

• The actual cost of the placement is usually covered by the local authority or Case Managers.  In the future those in receipt of Individual Budgets or Direct Payments may be able to purchase a placement.
The majority of those whom come to Headway only pay for food and drinks costing between £2.20 and £3.00 per day. There may also be a minimal charge for materials used during activities or to pay towards trips and outings.

How do I get a placement?

• The first step is to make sure you have been referred to Headway. Anyone can make a referral as long as they have the permission of the individual concerned.  One of our Outreach team will then visit you, and if it is appropriate, will assist you with the next steps to secure funding and a place.

Will I be able to attend if I have mobility problems or use a wheelchair?

• Yes. The building is fully accessible and staff and volunteers are available to support.

Further information       
Contact Headway House –
0116 2739763  

Headway House Day Centre

Following a brain injury an individual may require support to adjust to any physical/sensory or cognitive changes that may have resulted.  Headway House is a safe supportive environment which enables individuals to practise or re-learn skills that may have been affected.

headway house gardenCommunication may also be affected by brain injury in a variety of different ways.  Some people may have word finding difficulties making conversation slow, disjointed and frustrating; they may speak in jumbled sentences, speak with a slur, have problems with pitch and volume or have no verbal communication at all.  In public or in a social setting they often feel embarrassed or too anxious to try to communicate; their concern is that others may not understand or will view them differently. Some are afraid they will be made to look or feel stupid.
Those who attend often say that it is the only place that they can ‘be themselves’ and don’t feel embarrassed to try new things. The social opportunity is very valuable too; being able to talk to others who have had similar experiences and really understand how you feel is extremely important. 

Headway does not want individuals to become dependent upon our support.  As soon as someone starts at Headway we meet with them to develop a Personal Development Plan or PDP. We identify specific goals and areas of difficulties so that they can be targeted to enable people to ‘move forward’.  PDP’s are reviewed every 3 months.  The practice within Headway is to encourage everyone to achieve as much as possible to enable them to move forward from Headway. Sometimes this will be into education, voluntary work, paid employment or simply to be able to live independently.

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Each day is supported by three staff, one of which is a woodworker.  There are also volunteers providing assistance.  For those that have a high level of support needs they are able to bring their own 1:1 support outingsworker/personal assistant.

Self esteem, confidence and motivation can be seriously affected by a brain injury; therefore the focus of Headway House is “activity”.  We encourage everyone to be actively involved in the wide variety of activities on offer:
Examples of activities available:

  • Woodwork including marquetry, woodturning, carving, joinery, pyrography.
  • Mosaics.
  • Arts and crafts including sculpture, scrapbooking, card making, painting.
  • Cookery including use of adaptations for those with physical or sensory impairment.
  • Computers – learn the basics, surf the web, design cards, email.
  • Education – basic numeracy and literacy, college opportunities.
  • Gardening – growing flowers, fruit, salad items and vegetables.
  • Group games/activities to stimulate the brain, socialise and learn from others.
  • Day trips/outings
  • Residential trips away including sailing, canoeing and fishing.

At first glance it may not be obvious how participating in these activities can help those recovering from an acquired brain injury but they all make an important contribution.
There are a couple of examples below:

When working on a mosaic it requires concentration and patience.  At the start of the project you need to work out a design and how many of each tile you need to ensure you have enough of each. The fine movements required assist with hand/eye coordination and can usually be managed by those woodworkingwith even a high level of physical impairment. At the end of a project completed mosaics are often given as gifts to friends or family and provide a real sense of achievement.

Aside from the obvious physical movement required for woodwork, there are also elements of numeracy and literacy when designing and working out the dimensions of a project. Hand/eye coordination is also required as is concentration when using tools and machinery.  In woodwork there is an opportunity to produce some beautiful pieces that can be functional or decorative and you do not need any previous experience!

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