Your brain weighs about 3lbs (that's just under 1.5kg), and it has the texture of blancmange.


Your brain is connected to your spinal cord by the brain stem.


Behind your brain is the cerebellum. This part of the brain coordinates movement, posture, balance and speech.


60% of the brain is made up of fat. That's why a diet rich in 'healthy' fats like Omega 3 and 6 is so beneficial to brain performance.


The Cerebral Cortex is the largest part of your brain. It contains the frontal lobes, the motor cortex, sensory cortex and parietal lobes. These lobes process different types of sensory information. 


The brain is made up of around 100 billion nerve cells and even more support cells, which provide nourishment to the nerve cells.


Every time a new memory is formulated, new brain connections are made. 


When you're awake, the human brain can produce enough electricity to power a small lightbulb. 


The storage capacity of the human brain is almost limitless. 


If your brain were to be flattened out, its surface would cover four sheets of A4 paper.


To discover more facts about the brain please click here to be directed to Headway UK's  'About the Brain'. 








Latest News

Positive Blue Badge changes ahead for those with hidden disabilities

The Blue Badge scheme is currently being reviewed and plans are afoot to extend the Badge to those with less visible disabilities, such as brain injury.


The changes are described as the biggest being made in the scheme in almost 50 years and it's hoped that they will offer a lifeline to people with hidden disabilities who suffer from travel difficulties.


Changes will come into force on 30th August 2019. 


For full details, please visit


An excellent 'Way Ahead' conference


We thoroughly enjoyed attending this year's 'Way Ahead' conference in early July. It was the ideal opportunity to share viewpoints and see the diverse range of services provided for those managing ABI. We also got to meet MP for Rhondda, Chris Bryant, who has been working incredibly hard in parliament to improve aftercare and neuro paths for those with ABI and their loved ones. For more information, please visit 'Staff News'!




Fancy a challenge? Why not try the Northampton Half Marathon for HEN?


If you want to fulfill a personal challenge but find the idea of the London Marathon a bit too daunting, why not consider running the Northampton Half Marathon for Headway East Northants?


The Half Marathon will be held on Sunday 29th September. We've teamed up with 'Go Beyond Sport' who are managing the event - it's free to register and your only commitment is to raise a minimum of £100 for us.


For further details, and to register, please visit