Client Scott completes a 15k Waendel Walk just for HEN! 


Scott, pictured with his achievement certificate 


Client Scott wanted to do a bit of fundraising for Headway East Northants, and decided to combine that with his enjoyment of fitness and walking. Scott successfully completed a mammoth 15k walk during the International Waendel Walk weekend!  A terrific achievement!


Scott has successfully raised £153.50 and has very kindly decided to donate that to us here at Headway East Northants! Well done Scott, you did a great job! 




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 Sue's latest woodwork creations 


Sue has been really busy lately in the woodwork room, creating some beautiful handmade and hand-painted bird boxes for our garden. 


Facilitator Stuart also spotted that a family of blue tits have made their home in one for the season! 


Great to see our clients putting practical and purposeful skills into place for everyone to enjoy at our  centre. 



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 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! 





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! 



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


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 - 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