Michelle Andrews

Headway East Northants really value me as a volunteer.


I've been looking for work for a while, but I am restricted as to the kind of work I can do as I am a full time carer to my special needs Son as well as my disabled Mother. I also suffer from restricted mobility due to an illness, so full time work can prove difficult.


I came across a listing for Headway East Northants ("HEN") after doing some research into brain injuries for my Mother. It said they were looking for volunteers. I have been out of work for two years and I had been volunteering in the local school, but that had now ended three months prior to moving into the area.


I went to an interview and I immediately took to the place as it was warm and welcoming and the staff were extremely friendly. We discussed my work background which was sales/customer service. I had also previously volunteered as a fundraising manager for my friends charity. Dawn (Services Manager) explained about the projects they were working towards and asked me to trial a few hours helping with the clients and also help with the fundraising side of things.


I got on well with the clients, they are a great bunch of people. Some just want a chat or others help with crafts due to restricted mobility. It really boosted my confidence and it was great to be around people in a work environment again. 


We had a fundraising project coming up so I got stuck into that. Within two weeks we had lots of donations and I was getting lots of positive feedback from all the staff on how well I was doing.


Volunteering for Headway East Northants has been a fantastic choice, it has really done so much to help me re-gain work based skills, boosted my confidence and improved my self-esteem. I am sent on courses to help brush up on skills including; learning work based skills  and first aid extra. In turn I have helped them with much needed projects.


Headway East Northants really value me as a volunteer and this is reflected in the way they talk to me and involve me in everything. Its a perfect partnership.


Latest News

Our best Christmas coffee morning yet! 


Huge thanks to ALL who supported our Christmas coffee morning on Thursday 29th November - it was wonderful to welcome so many faces!


We all enjoyed some delicious home-baked treats, hot drinks and the prizes in our raffle were extra special too with branded bodycare sets, wine and festive hampers.


We have raised around £400 and are still counting! Thank you so much to all who attended and supported. 

Wilson Paterson and Tim Samples become Board Trustees!



We are delighted and proud to welcome volunteer Wilson Paterson and client Tim Samples onto the Board of Trustees! 


Working together to lead our weekly Peer Support Group, and both having direct experience of acquired brain injury, we feel they are excellent representatives for client, volunteer and family voices here at HEN and are very pleased to have them on board!



Headway Music Group rock the charity fundraiser!


An amazing night was had by all at the fundraising concert on Saturday 6th October, featuring facilitator Freyja, deputy manager Jonny, and the Headway Music Group, raising an incredible £405 EACH for both Headway East Northants and the Cransley Hospice!


The guys all performed  with others to raise funds for both Headway East Northants and the Cransley Hospice and the night was incredibly well-supported, with the venue packed to the rafters! 


Well done to all involved, particularly to Freyja and partner Chris, who worked so hard to create such a professional gig, and of course, our amazing Headway clients for conquering their nerves and performing two songs LIVE!