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January  2019 issue of Tak' Heid out now! 

Dear Friends

Welcome to the first edition of the New Year! We hope you all enjoyed the festive break and you are looking forward to the year ahead.

Our January edition has details of the first supper club of the year and lots of photos of all the events during our very busy December.

Please read all the details and information carefully and contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon. 

With the warmest of wishes,

Michelle Keenan 

Chief Executive and Company Secretary

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“On behalf of myself and our trustees, may I take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful people that have contributed to Edinburgh Headway Group during 2018 – after a year of much change, we are looking forward to celebrating our first Christmas in our new premises!!
To all of our generous donors and our wonderful volunteers, thank you so much for your continued support, ideas and contributions. So much of what we achieve is as a direct result of your amazing efforts and devotion to our work.
I wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!"

Michelle Keenan 

Chief Executive and Company Secretary

Christmas Holiday Dates:

The last day of the day service is Thursday 20th December.The day service will re-open for members & volunteers on Monday 7th January 2019.


Edinburgh Headway Group is moving!

From Monday 15th October our new address will be:

Unit 4, 27 Peffer Place
EH16 4BB

Our phone number and email addresses will remain the same for the time being and we are contactable as normal.

Our day service closes to service users on 
Thursday 11th October and re-opens on Monday 29th October.

Please update your records

Thank you



Further to previous communication and regular updates about the move to our new premises in Craigmillar, we are now in a position to confirm the date of our relocation, give you our new address and explain more about our exciting move!
The last day of our service at Headway House will be Thursday 11th October. The service will then close for 2 weeks whilst we move out and set up in our new home.
The service will re-open for business as usual on Monday 29th October. You should attend on your usual day/days during this opening week and thereafter.
A summary of dates for your diary
- last day of service Thursday 11th October
- service closed Monday 15th – Friday 26th October
- service re-opens Monday 29th October
Our new address is – Unit 4, 27 Peffer Place, Craigmillar Edinburgh EH16 4BB. The building has good signage on the side and above the door so hopefully you will be able to find our new home easily.
Our phone number will remain the same for the time being – 0131 537 9116. We will notify you when the number is updated.
The closure of the service for 2 weeks means a change in your October invoice. You will not be charged for the period of closure. This is reflected in your October invoice.
For service users paying by direct debit, this period of closure will not change your monthly payment. This 2 week closure was taken in to account when your monthly charge was calculated at the beginning of the new financial year in April.
Now is the time to communicate this change of location and new address to your transport providers. There is plenty of space for taxis to stop outside the front door to drop you off and pick you up at the end of the day.
For information, Lothian Bus number 42 stops just a few minutes’ walk away (Duddingston Road West) and numbers 30, 14 and 2 stop near to the cross roads in Craigmillar which is a little further to walk.
If you have any questions or concerns about this information, please do contact us in the first instance and we will do our best to help you.
We are really looking forward to this move and we can’t wait welcome you through the door of our new home!!

Best wishes


UKABIF film award 2017

Michelle Keenan, our Chief Executive Officer, travelled to London on Monday 13th November to attend the UKABIF film award event following the exciting news that our short video entitled ‘Nothing Short of a Life’ had been shortlisted for an award.

Well, I can now reveal the results … drum roll please ..

… First prize winner of the UKABIF short film award 2017 was none other than Edinburgh Headway Group!

Yes, we did it!

Michelle said:

“’Nothing Short of a Lifeline’ sheds light on just how lives and futures can be altered in an instant as a result of sustaining a brain injury. What is clear is that the experiences of those affected are unique but with the right help and support at the right time, there can be life afterwards. Edinburgh Headway Group is absolutely thrilled to be given this award, which help us highlight the effects of acquired brain injuries for our members and their carers and the valuable work that we do to empower and enrich the lives of adults who have survived an acquired brain injury.

I would like to thank Baillie Gifford, our members, carers and our team for all their assistance in the making of this powerful production – we are proud to receive this award and to gain UK recognition for our work”




Spotlight on Welfare Rights - Personal Independence Payments

Digby Brown Solicitors have prepared a very useful summary of the new Personal Independence Payments which will help to explain your rights and entitlements.

Clicking here to read the article. We look forward to seeing you soon at Headway House


AGM 2017

Minutes of the annual general meeting held on Wednesday 22nd of Novemebr 2017. Click here to read the minutes.

You will have heard our Chairman speak about the current position of Edinburgh Headway Group and about some of the challenges, opportunities and inevitable changes that lie ahead. You can read the full Chairman’s report in the minutes.

Please read all the details and information carefully and contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon at Edinburgh Headway Group.



Care  Service Inspection Report 2016

Edinburgh Headway Group had an unannounced inspection by the Care Inspectorate on 21st April 2016.  We are delighted that we maintained our ‘Very Good’ grades across the 2 themes we were inspected on:              

Quality of Care and Support – Grade 5 – Very Good

Quality of Environment – Grade 5 – Very Good

“Headway offer progressive, rehabilitative day opportunities to the people they work for. There was a strong emphasis on partnership working within the service.  This extends to service users, their representatives and a range of health and community based organisations.” Derek Taylor- Care Inspector 

Click here to download the PDF of the Care Inspection Report


Therapets at Headway

Introducing our new Headway Therapet Jake, the Golden Retriever, and his owner Caroline. Jake and Caroline will be making weekly visits on different days so that everyone will have a chance to meet him.

Jake is a lovely boy, he's six years old and loves to be petted and give you his paw - especially if there are treats involved!

Thanks to the Therapets for volunteering to make regular visits here at Headway House. For more information on Therapets and the work they do click here.


Annual Report 2014/15

Please download our annual report to read about our successes and achievements over the past financial year. We look forward to further progress in the coming year!


Therapeutic Art Group

The Art Group is up and running and is proving to be a great success!

Malcy runs a weekly Art Group on Tuesday afternoon from 1.30-3pm in Headway House. Alongside the group sessions he offers one to one sessions in 6 week blocks. Don’t miss out! If you are interested in taking part in one to one or group sessions please speak to your key worker.

The group is open to ALL members who attend Headway House on any day and those that are involved in other services.

Art GroupArt Group

Our thanks to the Hospital Saturday Fund and the Agnes Hunter Trust for funding this valuable project.



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