Getting creative with pyrography and wax art!


Our clients had a great morning enjoying pyrography, which is the art of burning patterns/designs onto wood or leather using a heated, pen-shaped tool. 


With support from Facilitator, Sue, clients created some beautiful wooden 'shabby chic' hearts, planning and creating their own designs. Some even incorporated coloured wax for a more vibrant finish. 


Finally, the guys added some magnetic tape to create custom-made fridge magnets. 


Pyrography is a technique requiring concentration and a very steady hand, so the guys did absolutely brilliantly. This is what HEN is all about - focusing on what CAN be done and taking on board new skills! 





Wellingborough Golf Club chooses us as their charity to support in 2019!


We're delighted to have been chosen by Wellingborough Golf Club as one of their two local charities to support over 2019 (the other being 'Wellibus').


Chairperson, Sally McKeown, got in touch with Becky and invited her to a fundraising bridge drive back in December and then to the lady members' prizegiving supper, where Becky had the opportunity to meet members and chat to them a little more indepth about the services we provide. The Club was extremely friendly and welcoming and have lots of great fundraising events in the pipeline for us over the next few months, including garden parties and a jazz afternoon in June, which we're told has ALREADY sold out! 


We thank Wellingborough Golf Club sincerely for choosing to support us this year and look forward to working together. 



Showing what "fun-guys" (geddit..?!?) we are on our Mushrooms & Funghi theme day!




When autumn got underway, our facilitators organised a 'Mushroom & Funghi' theme day for our clients.


First we did a bit of research together about the many different species out there, then carried out some photo identification.


Next, clients and volunteers ventured out into the "great Irthlingborough outdoors" to forage and gather suitable materials to create 'woodland houses' (with a few fairies from the art department thrown in for good luck!).


Of course, what else would be on the menu for lunch that day than mushroom risotto?!


A terrific day for everyone, working together and using creativity, forward-planning and concentration. 





Client Christmas lunch goes with a swing at Stanwick Lakes



Both clients and staff alike had a superb time at our annual Christmas lunch in December! We all enjoyed a relaxed two-course lunch together as well as a great laugh too.


We'd like to extend our sincere thanks to Irthlingborough town councillor, Sylvia Hobbs, for her very kind donation towards the event, as well as Jo Bird and the catering team at Stanwick Lakes, for making us feel so welcome. 


Our biggest Christmas coffee morning yet!



What an incredible coffee morning we enjoyed on the 29th November! We were thrilled to welcome so many friendly faces to our centre, ranging from staff, clients and volunteers through to families, carers, community supporters and Irthlingborough residents! 


Our wonderful volunteers worked so hard making delicious cakes and treats, manning the hot drinks stand, making up hampers and running the raffle to name but a few things! We had some wonderful raffle prizes this year thanks to our friends at Morrisons and Tesco, whose goodies enabled us to put together some stunning hampers, perfect for Christmas. 


We were thrilled to have raised approximately £400 for our centre, all of which will be used to enrich and support the lives of those with ABI. Enormous thanks to all involved! 



Headway musicians rock the fundraising concert!





We had an amazing night on Saturday 6th October, supporting the Raunds Ukulele Orchestra, 'A Different Direction' choir and friends at a fundraising concert in Rushden, dedicated to raising money for both Headway East Northants and the Cransley Hospice.


We were also bursting with pride to see some of our clients performing as the 'Custard Caterpillars', Headway East Northants' music group. Playing not only ukuleles, glockenspiels and drums, but singing live too, the guys performed the Sam Smith hit, 'Stay With Me' and had the audience tapping its feet to 'Bad Moon Rising' by Credence Clearwater Revival.


Our facilitator Freyja and partner Chris not only performed themselves, but also dedicated a huge amount of time and hard work to organising and hosting a really professional gig. Our deputy manager Jonny Tudor also took to the stage for a solo performance, both singing and playing the guitar.


It was inspiring to see our wonderful clients conquer their nerves and perform live to a packed-out hall - amazing examples of what a brain injury survivor can achieve.


The gig was also generously supplied with drinks and cake, with both a raffle and competition to win an incredible Australian-themed gift hamper, filled with goodies from Down Under, so generously and thoughtfully put together by our volunteer, Broch.


Having totted-up the final figures, we're thrilled to share that an amazing £405 EACH was raised on the night for both Headway East Northants and the Cransley Hospice. A huge thank you to all who came to support the night!



Spook-tacular pumpkin carving for Halloween 


Our clients had a worked brilliantly together creating their own pumpkin designs and bringing them to life for Halloween!




 There were some really creative ideas including teeth, fake blood and googly eyes! 


A great activity enjoyed by all, helping our clients focus on forward-planning and decision making. 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 enjoyed a super craft session involving gems, wax, foiling and 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. 


A great time had by all at the Headway East Northants barbecue!



We had a wonderful time at our annual barbecue last summer!


We were lucky enough to have some extremely generous donations of food, drinks and sundries from our friends at Tesco and Morrisons. Clients and staff relaxed together and enjoyed a beautiful range of barbecued goodies along with a great selection of cold drinks to keep us all cool on what was a very hot day.


The generosity of those donations helped  provide a wonderful day and enabled us all to make some great memories.  Enormous thanks also to our super volunteer, Joan Simpson, who opened up her home and garden to host the event.






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Come to our Easter coffee morning on April 18th! 

Hard to believe it's that time of year already, but we're excited to be holding our annual Easter coffee morning on Thursday 18th April and hope that you can make it! 


The event will be held at our Irthlingborough centre from 10.30 until 12.30pm with plenty of hot drinks and amazing treats. 


Why not bring a friend or the family, pop down  and say hello to us! Our thanks to Morrisons of Rushden for their kind donation of indulgent goodies!




Wellingborough Golf Club chooses HEN as a charity to support over 2019!



We're delighted to announce that we've been chosen by Wellingborough Golf Club as one of two local charities the club wishes to support over 2019, the other being Wellibus! 


Chairperson, Sally McKeown, got in touch and invited Becky along to a fundraising bridge drive back in December, and then to the ladies' club prizegiving supper, where Becky was able to meet fellow members and chat a little more indepth about the services we provide here at Headway East Northants. 


The Club has lots of terrific events in the pipeline to help raise funds for us, including garden parties and a jazz afteroon in June, which we're told has ALREADY sold out! We are so grateful to the Club for selecting us to support in 2019, and look forward to working together. 



'Life After Brain Injury' conference, 20th June 2019


This conference, arranged by ABIF Northants, will be held at Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive, Kettering and will cover working/driving after brain injury, social benefits, and bringing young people together


Guest speakers will include experienced professionals and survivors who will share their personal journeys. 


To book, please visit 'Latest News' at to download and complete a booking form which can then be emailed to