Red Nose Day with a theme for the military veterans

2015 Red Nose Day was celebrated at Kent & Canterbury Hospital to raise awareness of the increased brain injury and dementia risk in our veterans. The Defence Minister, Julian Brazier MP congratulated Dr Mo Sakel for winning the PhD grant to for the neuromodulation research and discussed the mechanism and its far reaching implications.

24 March, 2015

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Headway is a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury. It does this in a number of ways.

Locally - A network of local Groups and Branches throughout the UK and Channel Islands offers a wide range of services, including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach and respite care. The services available will vary, depending on local needs and resources.

Nationally - Headway UK provides support to the local Groups and Branches and helps to deliver high quality services through guidance on policies, procedures, standards and training. Additionally:

  • The nurse-led Headway helpline provides information, advises on sources of support, and offers a listening ear to those experiencing problems after brain injury
  • We publish a range of booklets containing information about aspects of brain injury that will be helpful to those directly affected, plus professionals, employers and members of the public
  • We promote understanding of brain injury and its effects
  • We lobby for better support and resources to be made available by statutory health and social care providers
  • We campaign for measures that will reduce the number of brain injuries

Headway East Kent

A severe head injury can damage the brain and cause a variety of disabilities and problems such as personality change, impaired memory and an inability to concentrate or cope with pressure. Many of these are so serious that they prevent a normal life.

The number of people surviving with a severe head injury is growing each year as a result of advances in medical technology and laws regarding the wearing of seat belts and crash helmets.

Headway East Kent was formed in 1989 and has five Day Care Centres  across the area offering long-term social rehabilitation to adults who have survived an injury to the brain. Access to Day Centre provision is following an Assessment Process and referral can be made by individuals / family or through statutory agencies i.e, health, social services, G.P’s etc.

Our aims include:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of head injury.
  • Participate in activities that will reduce the incidence of head injury.
  • Provide information and support for people with head injury and their relatives.
  • Promote and co-ordinate mutli-disciplinary approaches to head injury, screening, acute care, assessment, rehabilitation and community re-entry with clear accountability.
  • Assist people with head injury to return to the community living in easily accessible accommodation, encourage social outlets and productive activity.
  • To raise greater awareness and understanding of current services and proposed developments in the field of acquired brain injury.
  • Headway Houses offer a point of contact where the head injured and their relatives can meet with others with the same problems and needs.

Headway East Kent offers:

  • Day Centre Services across East Kent in Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate
  • Socail and therapeutic setting which is a focus for other services required
  • Advice, support and care for those who have sustained a head injury
  • A meeting place for the head injured to offer mutual help and support to each other
  • Client led services / activities to promote social rehabilitation
  • Encouragement for its members to pursue their own interests and achieve self-help to improve independence skills

Headway West Kent

Headway West Kent (HWK) is based in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, Kent having provided services to those living with the effects of brain injury for over 25 years.

We aim to support individuals, families, carers and professionals by promoting an understanding of all aspects of brain injury, providing information, support and services across the West Kent area.

As an independent charity affiliated to Headway National we are able to access all the latest news, figures and documentation on brain injury and share this with our members.

Please contact the manager on 01892 619001 or visit our web site for details on our current services.