Edinburgh Headway Group aims to empower and enrich the lives of adults who have survived an acquired brain injury. We do this by providing high quality person-centred rehabilitation services which support both adults with brain injuries and their carers.
As you are aware our day service activities are currently suspended in response to recent government guidelines and in our efforts to best protect our members, carers, staff and volunteers. However, please be advised that we are diversifying our services to meet this situation and will be increasing our telephone and email support and also looking to offer virtual services to our members and carers - so we will be contacting each and everyone one of you.
We also wish to ensure that our support service remains accessible to the wider community so if you know anyone who has an acquired brain injury or who is supporting someone with an acquired brain injury, please continue to share our contact number with them.
Covid-19 has meant that we have had to move overnight from a premises based service to creating new virtual services in a very short time span and I have to say that the team have been working incredibly hard to ensure this happens. I am incredibly proud of the staff’s efforts and delighted to hear how you are all doing at this difficult time - we are here for you so let’s stay connected!
Here is what we are doing:
We are providing and have increased our telephone support:
• our members (and carers) are receiving daily calls from the staff team to ensure we continue to provide vital support to all at this time
• our aim is to keep connecting with our members and carers to provide motivation, stability and structure
• we have linked with community support networks, partner charities and our health and social care partners to ensure we have access/latest information to respond to life concerns e.g. access to on-line shopping, money worries, mental health needs etc
We have utilised technology to deliver our rehabilitation services online to maintain continuity to our
member’s daily structure, such as:
• on-line cognitive activities for our adults with brain injury
• on-line physical rehabilitation videos and live sessions
• private Facebook groups/chat rooms to ensure our members and carers can keep connected, maintain friendships and provide a forum for peer support
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0131 370 0393.
Edinburgh Headway Group is here for you so please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Do take care and do let us know if you need any support - we are here for you!
We have received a few enquires from members and carers asking when our day-service will re-open. What we can tell you at this moment in time is that Scottish Government intend to issue guidance re. the opening of day services and until this is available, all day services are to remain closed. We are, however, working on our recovery plans and optimistic that we will hear more soon. Fear not, we will keep you informed as we progress and look forward to announcing our plans for re-opening in due course.
Michelle Keenan, Chief Executive Officer
Our new video has been very kindly produced by Baillie Gifford’s creative film and photography team and we thank them for all their support and assistance with this production.
Nothing Short of a Lifeline sheds light on just how lives and futures can be altered in an instant as a result of a brain injury.
We know that brain injury can affect personalities as well as a person’s cognitive and physical abilities. But what is clear is that the experiences of those affected are unique and with the right help and support at the right time, there can be life after a brain injury.
Please take this moment to hear the words of our members tell their stories:
Brain injury affects who we are - the way we think, act and feel. It is unpredictable and can change everything in a matter of seconds. Individuals can experience a change of personality, loss of memory, impaired concentration, communication difficulties as well as other cognitive and physical problems which can be life-long. For their families and partners this change can be traumatic, as suddenly they find themselves as full-time carers. Often the most difficult effect is the total change in the nature and personality of an injured person.
NHS Lothian provides valuable support for the costs of running Headway House and the City of Edinburgh Council currently funds the Carers Project.
Much of the finance needed to cover the remainder of the operating costs is raised by donations and fundraising. So every donation is valuable and if you wish to help in this way please use our account at Just Giving.More