Client Scott achieves his ambition of joining a gym!


Client Scott pictured with HEN Facilitator, Sue 



At the start of this year, client Scott had the ambition to join a gym to keep fit and active. He didn't want his brain injury to hold him back - and neither did we! 


So, we got in touch with Graham at Northamptonshire Sport's Activity on Referral programme, and with his help, and with support from facilitator, Sue (pictured above with Scott), Scott has now fulfilled that ambition and attends a gym every other week for a keep fit session.


Huge thaks to Graham at Northamptonshire Sport for his time and advice, and of course, congratulations Scott and Sue. Never let anything hold you back! 


Teamwork makes the dream work for client Phil

A great example of teamwork from client Phil and guitar volunteer, Dave lately. Phil attends Dave's Tuesday morning guitar sessions, but due to shoulder-mobility and eyesight issues, was finding it physically challenging to hold and play the guitar. 


After some thought, Dave suggested re-stringing Phil's guitar to make it a left-handed instrument. Phil being Phil said, "Why not? Let's give it a go!"


Dave then took the guitar home and fully-restrung the instrument to make it a left-handed player. The result? Great success - Phil can now hold and play with much more ease and comfort and has taken to left handed playing brilliantly, considering he's naturally right-handed! 


A great example of how we work together to make things happen. 


Client Keith's thoughtful handmade keepsake 



Client Keith (pictured above) wanted to create something with a difference for deputy manager, Jonny's, 40th birthday. So with support from our woodwork volunteer, Dave, Keith created a stylish wooden '40th' plinth decorated with coins. 


Not just any old coins, either. Keith made sure each one was a 1979 minted coin, and he cleaned and polished each individual coin by hand. We think this says a huge amount about Keith's creativity and patience. Great stuff, Keith. 


Client Michael obtains Food Safety qualification!

Our client, Michael, has successfully completed an online course in Food Safety and now has a qualification in Level 2 Food Safety in Catering.


Michael successfully combined both his culinary and I.T skills which has proved a win-win - he's pictured above with his certificate. 


A huge 'well done' to Michael, we're really proud of you! 




Tim and Matthew's restoration project



Clients Matthew and Tim, have done an amazing job on their recent upholstery renovation project.


We were gifted two Edwardian-style nursing chairs at our centre, so, with support from volunteer Dave,  the guys worked together to plan, design and completely renovate the chairs. This involved stripping the chairs back to the bare bones, removing the tatty fabric and padding, replacing the legs, and coming up with a terrific end result.


The chair is now part of our relaxation room, and looks fantastic.


Once again, a great example of what brain injury survivors can achieve.







Amazing model-building from client Anthony!

Client Anthony has created some incredible models here at our centre and is pictured here with facilitator, Sue, with his latest impressive creation.


Anthony dedicated a great deal of time, patience and concentration to creating this mammoth robot, which stands around 5ft in height and is composed of hundreds of parts and mechanisms.

Actions involving hand-eye coordination are particularly beneficial to brain performance, so puzzles, model-making, etc, are ideal activities to those living with ABI. Well done Anthony, an awesome achievement! 




Brilliant woodwork from Sheena and Steve


Clients Sheena and Steve enjoy our weekly woodwork sessions (which are supported by volunteer and trustee, Les Hurwood) and together, they've created some wonderful pieces.


Their most recent items include a handmade wine bottle holder (as pictured here with Sheena). Brilliant work! 




Client Sue designs and creates a handmade bird table! 



Talking of woodwork, client Sue and volunteer Dave worked together to create this incredible handmade bird table/feeding station, in our woodwork room! A lovely addition for anyone's garden.


A terrific example of what a brain injury survivor can design and create! 




Headway Music Group clients perform LIVE to a packed audience at fundraiser gig!



Clients Steve, Martyn, Tim, Sheena and Jodie performed live at a concert in October alongside the Raunds & Kettering Ukulele Orchestras, as well as two choirs and other musicians, raising funds for both Headway East Northants and the Cransley Hospice.


With support from facilitators Freyja and Kate, the guys not only played drums, ukuleles and glockenspiels, but also sang live to a packed-out hall - a nerve-wracking prospect for anyone, let alone someone managing a brain injury.


We were bursting with pride, watching in the audience, and full of admiration too - clients conquered their nerves and simply took it all in their stride. Amazing stuff! 



Clients Tim and Matthew prove that Happiness is Handmade with their stunning upholstered footstools



Clients Tim and Matthew, with support from volunteer Dave, developed their design skills brilliantly with these fully upholstered footstools, designed and made from scratch.


Matthew chose and cut the fabric, while Tim chose appropriate legs and attached them. Tim then went on to choose and cut some fabric for another creation, currently under construction. Brilliant work, guys! 



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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