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

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