Headway Essex has been awarded a £340,457 grant from the National Lottery funded Big Lottery Fund to set up a pioneering Community Rehabilitation Hub for adults living with acquired brain injury in South Essex.
The new Community Rehabilitation Hub will be up-and-running in Summer 2019. It will provide additional community support and a new flexible rehabilitation service for adults living with an acquired brain injury in South Essex.
As a charity, Headway Essex’s Community Service already provides support throughout the county in the form of a helpline, one-to-one visits, and monthly support groups for clients and their carers. It also delivers specialised brain injury rehabilitation activities from The Headway Centre in Colchester.
The Big Lottery Fund will enable Headway Essex to build on this work by providing tailored rehabilitation activity sessions in South Essex. These sessions will support people in making the best recovery possible and reintegrate into family and community life.
The new service will also help to reduce social isolation by providing an opportunity for those who attend to connect with other people who are in a similar situation whilst offering a respite break for carers.
Speaking about the impact the new Community Rehabilitation Hub will have, Joanna Wright, CEO of Headway Essex, commented:
“I am delighted that we have been awarded this substantial grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The need for brain injury community rehabilitation in South Essex is pressing. The Hospital Episode Statistics*, reveal 3,893 acquired brain injury admissions are made to South Essex hospitals during 2016-17; a number that’s unfortunately remained consistent over the past three years.
“People who are living with a brain injury need a safe and supported environment and time to adjust to the changes in their life if they are going to be able to fulfil their potential.
“From experience of running rehabilitation services in Colchester, better outcomes are made when people attend regular, structured sessions with a rehabilitation purpose over a set period of time.
“For many clients, we take them on a journey from surviving to thriving. In our latest survey of people exiting our day centre support services in Colchester, 98% said they have learnt new strategies to cope with their brain injury and 100% feel they now have a more positive attitude towards life.
“I am proud to say that with the help of National Lottery funding, Headway Essex is now in position to be able to emulate this in South Essex.”
For more information, please visit www.headwayessex.org.uk