Client Michael obtains Food Safety qualification!

Our client, Michael, has successfully completed an online course in Food Safety and now has a qualification in Level 2 Food Safety in Catering.

 

Michael successfully combined both his culinary and I.T skills which has proved a win-win - he's pictured above with his certificate. 

 

A huge 'well done' to Michael, we're really proud of you! 

 

 

 

Amazing model-building from client Anthony!

Client Anthony has created some incredible models here at our centre and is pictured here with facilitator, Sue, with his latest impressive creation. Anthony dedicated a great deal of time, patience and concentration to creating this mammoth robot, which stands around 5ft in height and is composed of hundreds of parts and mechanisms.

 

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Actions involving hand-eye coordination are particularly beneficial to brain performance, so puzzles, model-making, etc, are ideal activities to those living with ABI. Well done Anthony, an awesome achievement! 

 

Beautiful results from our woodwork sessions! 

     

 

Clients Steve and Sheena enjoy our weekly woodwork sessions (which are supported by volunteer and trustee, Les Hurwood) and together, they've created some wonderful pieces. Their most recent items include a handmade wine bottle holder (as pictured here with Sheena) and a gorgeous handmade wooden train (pictured here with its creator, Steve). Brilliant work! 

 

 

Clients Tim and Matthew prove that Happiness is Handmade with their stunning upholstered footstools

 

Clients Tim and Matthew, with support from volunteer Dave, developed their design skills brilliantly with these fully upholstered footstools, designed and made from scratch.

 

Matthew chose and cut the fabric, while Tim chose appropriate legs and attached them. Tim then went on to choose and cut some fabric for another creation, currently under construction. Brilliant work, guys! 

 

 

Keeping the birds happy this winter with a handmade bird table! 

           

 

Talking of woodwork, client Sue and volunteer Dave worked together to create this incredible handmade bird table/feeding station, in our woodwork room! A lovely addition for anyone's garden.

 

A terrific example of what a brain injury survivor can design and create! 

 

 

 

Headway Music Group clients perform LIVE to a packed audience at fundraiser gig!

 

 

Clients Steve, Martyn, Tim, Sheena and Jodie performed live at a concert in October alongside the Raunds & Kettering Ukulele Orchestras, as well as two choirs and other musicians, raising funds for both Headway East Northants and the Cransley Hospice. With support from facilitators Freyja and Kate, the guys not only played drums, ukuleles and glockenspiels, but also sang live to a packed-out hall - a nerve-wracking prospect for anyone, let alone someone managing a brain injury.

 

We were bursting with pride, watching in the audience, and full of admiration too - clients conquered their nerves and simply took it all in their stride. Amazing stuff! 

 

 

Spook-tacular pumpkin carving this Halloween! 

 

         

 

Our clients had a terrific time creating their own pumpkin designs and bringing them to life for Halloween! There were some really creative ideas and some great forward-planning. Some even had teeth, fake blood and googly eyes! 

 

The pumpkins are currently on guard in the games room. A great activity enjoyed by all - and sincere thanks to our friends at Wellingborough's Tesco store for the donation of the pumpkins! 

 

 

 

 

Creative craft with a difference!

 

   

 

 

If you think our art activities stop at paints and collages, think again! Our clients have been enjoying creativity with gems, wax, foiling and even the art of pyrography (which is decorating wood or other materials with a wood-burning, pen-shaped craft tool).

 

 

These activities involve a range of skills, but focus on forward-planning, concentration and hand-eye coordination, all of which are skills we work together to support and develop. 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest News

London Marathon Information Evening, 11th February

 

We thoroughly enjoyed hosting our annual London Marathon Information Evening on Monday 11th February, and were proud to welcome a record number of runners!

 

The informal evening, held at our Irthlingborough centre, offered the chance for runners to take a look around our centre, meet fellow participants, and of course it was great opportunity for us to meet these amazing people in person! 

 

Guest speaker this year was Andrew Walker, himself an experienced London Marathon runner, and a member of Team HEN 2019. Andrew shared his knowledge and experiences, offering hints/tips about build-up to race day, nutrition, lasting the distance, and of course, recovery.

 

Huge thanks to all who attended!

 

 

 

New Year, New You? Come and be a volunteer!

 

Want to make a positive change for 2019? Then come and be part of our amazing team of volunteers!

 

Whether you have a spare day in the week, or even just an hour or two, visit our centre and meet our fantastic people. We have so much to offer those who've survived brain injury - maybe it could be YOU who helps someone re-learn a lost skill, or take on a new one.

 

For all volunteering enquiries, please call on 01933 652311 or email our deputy manager, Jonny Tudor, on  jonny.tudor@headwayeastnorthants.org.uk