A Students' Feedback

We're delighted to share two samples of feedback left with us by students who spent some time with us here at our Irthlingborough centre.

 

"I don't know where to start. It's my first day away from Headway and I am already missing the place and the wonderful people that I have been working with for the last 70 days.

 

I have a lot of wonderful memories to take with me from my time on placement. The ones that I will forever cherish are my direct observation sessions with clients, and the many lunch time conversations we had. It was emotional at times but now I look back with a smile, and feel proud and honoured to have worked with these wonderful people who opened up to me and shared their experiences.

 

It would be unfair to single out one particular member of staff, as you have all contributed so much to my learning for the last 70 days. Just sitting in during all sessions was priceless. It taught me so much. The work done by the facilitators to contribute to clients' achievements is a true reflection of what people can achieve with the right support. Observing this gave me the passion to work hard at all the little things I am assigned to do. The relationship that both Stuart and Michelle have with clients, and their patience (despite being asked to go through the tasks over and over again) left me saying to myself "I wish I can be like them".  The work that Freyja does with the clients, and her passion in art, is just amazing.  

 

I have had such great support throughout my placement. The team's guidance, and the words they said just at the right time when I was feeling the pressure, kept me motivated and focused.

 

It has been a wonderful 70 days and I have truly enjoyed it. I will always be part of the Headway East Northants team as a volunteer.  

 

Please convey my warmest regards and sincere gratitude to all the clients and staff members.

 

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Nelson Mandela

 

Thank you"

 

 

"During my two days orientation, I can assure you that it was an experience that I will never forget. I have absolutely loved it, especially with the support, kindness and the outgoing nature of the staff and the clients.

 

Headway East Northants helped me develop and strengthen my social work skills and there is no doubt you have left me walking out of the front door with a greater knowledge and perception in the social care field - even though it was only two days!

I would like to convey my appreciation for the work and services you do and provide for the local community. It is a great pleasure to see people like you and your staff,  plus volunteers, establish a not-for-profit organisation to assist those who are in need, who cannot help themselves and who do not have much to own.

It is truly wonderful and inspirational to take the time and effort out of your day to simply make a difference in the lives of people in need. The clients really inspired me with their real cases and the milestones they have so far reached and achieved to be where they are today.

Local community relies on your dedication, commitment and generosity in your provision of support for families.

I just want to say a big THANK YOU to you, other staff, volunteers and the clients."

 

 

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  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/review-of-blue-badge-fraud-as-scheme-is-extended-to-those-with-hidden-disabilities

 

FREE cinema tickets for companions of ABI survivors!

 

It's great to hear that brain injury survivors may be entitled to free cinema tickets for their companion, if they qualify for a CEA card - a national scheme developed by UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA).

The card entitles the ABI survivor to ONE free ticket for a friend/loved one/carer to join them at the cinema to provide required support. Participating local cinemas include Kettering's Odeon, Corby's Savoy and Northampton's Vue and Cineworld!

To be granted a CEA card, a person needs to be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance (AA), Personal Independent Payment (PIP), Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) or hold Sight Impaired Registration.

You can apply online for your CEA card by visiting  www.ceacard.co.uk - you'll need proof of eligibility, a photo, and payment of £6.

 

 

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  http://gobeyondsport.co.uk/Northampton_Half_Marathon_2019_Run_for_Free