Volunteer to support our clients

Everyone has something to offer and so why not share that 'something' and become a Volunteer at Headway East Northants?


It's a great idea for so many reasons. Not only will you help improve quality of life of a brain injury survivor, but you'll also benefit those in the local community, open up opportunities for development of skills, get some time to socialise with our terrific team, and above all, have fun doing it. There really is so much to gain in return!


Whether you're creative with materials or craft, have a musical skill, enjoy games, puzzles or gardening, or simply enjoy socialising, we would LOVE to hear from you, regardless of whether you have an entire day to spare or just an hour or two.  


You'll not only have fun with a wonderful group of people in a warm, welcoming environment, but you'll also benefit and enrich someone's life.


You'll be welcomed and supported by our friendly and experienced team of staff. Centre visits and 'taster sessions' are no problem to arrange.


You don't have to have experience of working with those with brain injury - it just matters that you're patient, encouraging and supportive. 


For further information about volunteering at our Centre, please call on 01933 652311 or email our Deputy Manager, Jonny Tudor, on  jonny.tudor@headwayeastnorthants.org.uk


Remember - to make a difference in someone's life, you don't have to be beautiful, perfect, brilliant or rich. You just have to care.



Here's just one example of the difference volunteering can make, both for clients AND for you: 


Volunteer Dave, who's been with us since August of 2018. Dave has settled in really well at HEN, and his guitar sessions on Tuesday mornings are proving very popular, both with experienced players and novices. 


The sessions are fun and informal, with all genres of music enjoyed. Everyone is encouraged to "have a go" regardless of ability or experience, and our clients have really impressed Dave with the speed at which they're picking things up. 


Dave says, "It's a lovely feeling to see a client's confidence boosted and to be a part of making that happen."





Volunteer to Fundraise


Why not hold a bake sale, raffle, car boot sale or coffee morning to support us in our fundraising endeavours? Perhaps you play in a band and could host a fundraising gig, or have good contacts in the commuity to spread the word about us. 


If you have a cracking idea for fundraising, and want to let us know about it, please get in touch! Contact Becky Lake, Admin & Fundraising Coordinator, on 01933 652311 or email at  rebecca.lake@headwayeastnorthants.org.uk



A Volunteers Account


Click here to read about some of our Volunteers at Headway East Northants in our Case Studies.


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


An excellent 'Way Ahead' conference


We thoroughly enjoyed attending this year's 'Way Ahead' conference in early July. It was the ideal opportunity to share viewpoints and see the diverse range of services provided for those managing ABI. We also got to meet MP for Rhondda, Chris Bryant, who has been working incredibly hard in parliament to improve aftercare and neuro paths for those with ABI and their loved ones. For more information, please visit 'Staff News'!




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