Mission and support
Headway Guernsey is a local charity supporting islanders and their families who are living with the long-term effects of a brain injury. We provide a range of services that bring people together in a supportive environment helping them on their road to recovery to a life back into the community.
What is a brain injury?
A brain injury can happen to anyone at any time through a blow to the head in an accident, stroke, an assault, a sports injury, brain haemorrhage, brain tumour, meningitis or encephalitis. Your brain controls everything about you – your movement, your thinking, your planning, your personality, your memories, your feelings. If you suffer a brain injury it can affect you in many ways; sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, problems with speech, serious memory loss and restricted mobility.
Typically brain injury survivors and their families talk of feeling “lost and alone” and before Headway was launched 10 years ago, after the initial acute care survivors were often sent home to recover on their own. Now this is no longer the case and Headway supports over 60 islanders and their families with the services we provide, helping them to rebuild a life that has been shattered. We have celebrated members regain confidence, a sense of worth, mobility, learn to walk again, drive again and on occasions return to work.
- Through regular sessions at Headway House, brain injured islanders can rebuild their confidence, learn new skills, relearn lost skills and support each other. We run cognitive, physical and social programmes, working closely with the brain injury team at PEH and their support services which has spread our reach further in the island. We run a range of cognitive, physical and social sessions across the week from our base at KGV in Castel.
- Headway also runs a helpline offering information and advice and provides the opportunity to talk to others who have been through similar experiences.
- There is a regular programme of social events and information evenings and an active family support programme.
How can you reach us?
We receive referrals from other healthcare professionals, psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs and physios, as well as self-referrals and we are recognised as being part of the Acute Brain Injury Pathway on the island. Contact us direct on Tel: 01481 252589.
If you had your brain injury some time ago but feel more recently that you need some support, please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call, we may able to help.