Kristy Enever

Headway Essex

Headway Essex was established in 1985 and provides support in the community, specialist day services and rehabilitation activities to adults living with acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families.  We support over 500 individuals a year and operate across all areas of Essex including 107 individuals in Mid Essex in the last year.

Our main aims are to:

  • Improve the health and well-being of adults with ABI – helping them to adjust to the effects of their injury and fulfil their potential.
  • Provide information and support to the families and carers of adults with ABI so that they can are better equipped to understand the changes in the person, manage and cope themselves and provide appropriate support.

From our hubs in Colchester and Benfleet we provide activities in a day service setting to help people to relearn lost skills, improve confidence and communication skills, address social isolation, improve physical and mental health and develop coping and compensating skills.  This helps them to address impaired processing of information, fatigue, memory loss and all the other symptoms of brain injury.

Essex-wide, we also provide a help line, support in the community, social groups, support groups (including a monthly group in Chelmsford) and brain injury education workshops, to help people to understand their injury and explore opportunities for returning to work, or other meaningful activity.  We offer carers specific support groups so that family members can access both professional and peer support.