Another fantastic summer barbecue!

Wow, we were very spoilt at our annual summer barbecue on the 27th June! The weather was incredible and our friends at Tesco and Morrisons were so generous with their donations of delicious burgers, sausages, buns and sauces, with drinks supplied from soft drinks firm A.G Barr ensuring we were all VERY well fed and watered! 

 

Our fabulous volunteer, Joan and husband Paul, kindly opened up their home and garden to host the event, which welcomed clients, staff, volunteers and loved ones. Volunteer Dave also brought along some old-school sports day equipment, so we all got busy with hula hoops, egg and spoon racing and sack races!!! We all had such good fun relaxing together in the sunshine and some fantastic memories were made.

A great presentation on rehab after brain injury by 'Rehab Basics'

We were delighted to welcome chartered physiotherapist, Ash, to our centre, who gave a really interesting presentation and talk with our clients about rehabilitation after brain-injury. 

 

Ash works for Northampton-based ‘Rehab Basics’, an organisation set up in 2009 which primarily focuses on providing physical rehabilitation and occupational therapy to those with neurological conditions among others.

 

It was great seeing our clients so engaged and focused, and there were some really interesting questions and discussions being initiated. 

 

To find our more about ‘Rehab Basics’, you can visit their website which is https://www.rehabbasics.co.uk

Everyone's a team player during a visit from 'Fitness without Boundaries"

We enjoyed a superb visit from Marcus of ‘Fitness without Boundaries’, a charity which aims to encourage those with mobility issues or limited physical ability to get moving and taking part in sports.

 

Marcus introduced us all to several low-impact games, including ‘Boccia‘ which was new to us all. Boccia is a precision ball sport, similar to boules, and is ideal for those who are wheelchair-bound, or who find a seated position more comfortable. 

 

We had a great session, with everyone giving it a whirl and getting involved. We even saw a bit of competitive spirit coming out when clients formed two teams for a full on Boccia match. It was terrific seeing everyone so supportive and encouraging towards each other and Marcus was on hand to offer plenty of tips and techniques to help everyone get the very best out of the session. We look forward to more sessions of ‘Fitness without Boundaries!

Watercolour art session proves a big hit!

Clients have recently been enjoying some lovely watercolour art sessions recently. With support from facilitator Freyja – herself a very talented artist – clients have enjoyed sitting together relaxing and exploring their creativity using watercolours. Some excellent pieces were produced and it was a great exercise in concentration and a steady hand. Great stuff, guys! 

Easter coffee morning fundraiser nets £232 for the centre!

A big thank you to all who turned out to support our annual Easter coffee morning fundraiser on April 18th. We had a great morning and were really well supported by staff and volunteers, our clients and their families, and local supporters too! 

 

We enjoyed an Easter raffle with some lovely prizes – I.T volunteer Alan was lucky enough to scoop the top prize of the Easter goody hamper! We also did well from our craft sales, including the super-cute chicks and bunnies hand-knitted with love by volunteers Cynthia, Di and Jan. 

 

Deputy manager, Jonny, was even sponsored by volunteer Dave to wear our daft chicken hat for two hours – which he did with panache! Strike a pose, Jonny! 

 

A total of £232 was raised for the centre – brilliant! Every penny of this can be used to enrich and support the lives of our clients. 

 

Special thanks again to Emma of Wellingborough Tesco, and Helen at Morrisons for their generous donations of Easter goodies.

Getting creative with pyrography and wax art!

Our clients had a great morning enjoying pyrography, which is the art of burning patterns/designs onto wood or leather using a heated, pen-shaped tool. 

 

With support from Facilitator, Sue, clients created some beautiful wooden ‘shabby chic’ hearts, planning and creating their own designs. Some even incorporated coloured wax for a more vibrant finish. 

 

Finally, the guys added some magnetic tape to create custom-made fridge magnets. 

 

Pyrography is a technique requiring concentration and a very steady hand, so the guys did absolutely brilliantly. This is what HEN is all about – focusing on what CAN be done and taking on board new skills! 

Wellingborough Golf Club chooses us as their charity to support in 2019!

We’re delighted to have been chosen by Wellingborough Golf Club as one of their two local charities to support over 2019 (the other being ‘Wellibus’).

 

Chairperson, Sally McKeown, got in touch with Becky and invited her to a fundraising bridge drive back in December and then to the lady members’ prizegiving supper, where Becky had the opportunity to meet members and chat to them a little more indepth about the services we provide. The Club was extremely friendly and welcoming and have lots of great fundraising events in the pipeline for us over the next few months, including garden parties and a jazz afternoon in June, which we’re told has ALREADY sold out! 

 

We thank Wellingborough Golf Club sincerely for choosing to support us this year and look forward to working together. 

Showing what "fun-guys" (geddit..?!?) we are on our Mushrooms & Funghi theme day!

When autumn got underway, our facilitators organised a ‘Mushroom & Funghi’ theme day for our clients.

 

First we did a bit of research together about the many different species out there, then carried out some photo identification.

 

Next, clients and volunteers ventured out into the “great Irthlingborough outdoors” to forage and gather suitable materials to create ‘woodland houses’ (with a few fairies from the art department thrown in for good luck!).

 

Of course, what else would be on the menu for lunch that day than mushroom risotto?!

 

A terrific day for everyone, working together and using creativity, forward-planning and concentration. 

Client Christmas lunch goes with a swing at Stanwick Lakes

Both clients and staff alike had a superb time at our annual Christmas lunch in December! We all enjoyed a relaxed two-course lunch together as well as a great laugh too.

 

We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to Irthlingborough town councillor, Sylvia Hobbs, for her very kind donation towards the event, as well as Jo Bird and the catering team at Stanwick Lakes, for making us feel so welcome. 

Our biggest Christmas coffee morning yet!

What an incredible coffee morning we enjoyed on the 29th November! We were thrilled to welcome so many friendly faces to our centre, ranging from staff, clients and volunteers through to families, carers, community supporters and Irthlingborough residents! 

 

Our wonderful volunteers worked so hard making delicious cakes and treats, manning the hot drinks stand, making up hampers and running the raffle to name but a few things! We had some wonderful raffle prizes this year thanks to our friends at Morrisons and Tesco, whose goodies enabled us to put together some stunning hampers, perfect for Christmas. 

We were thrilled to have raised approximately £400 for our centre, all of which will be used to enrich and support the lives of those with ABI. Enormous thanks to all involved! 

Headway musicians rock the fundraising concert!

We had an amazing night on Saturday 6th October, supporting the Raunds Ukulele Orchestra, ‘A Different Direction’ choir and friends at a fundraising concert in Rushden, dedicated to raising money for both Headway East Northants and the Cransley Hospice.

 

We were also bursting with pride to see some of our clients performing as the ‘Custard Caterpillars’, Headway East Northants’ music group. Playing not only ukuleles, glockenspiels and drums, but singing live too, the guys performed the Sam Smith hit, ‘Stay With Me’ and had the audience tapping its feet to ‘Bad Moon Rising’ by Credence Clearwater Revival.

 

Our facilitator Freyja and partner Chris not only performed themselves, but also dedicated a huge amount of time and hard work to organising and hosting a really professional gig. Our deputy manager Jonny Tudor also took to the stage for a solo performance, both singing and playing the guitar.

 

It was inspiring to see our wonderful clients conquer their nerves and perform live to a packed-out hall – amazing examples of what a brain injury survivor can achieve.

 

The gig was also generously supplied with drinks and cake, with both a raffle and competition to win an incredible Australian-themed gift hamper, filled with goodies from Down Under, so generously and thoughtfully put together by our volunteer, Broch.

 

Having totted-up the final figures, we’re thrilled to share that an amazing £405 EACH was raised on the night for both Headway East Northants and the Cransley Hospice. A huge thank you to all who came to support the night!

Spook-tacular pumpkin carving for Halloween

Our clients had a worked brilliantly together creating their own pumpkin designs and bringing them to life for Halloween!

There were some really creative ideas including teeth, fake blood and googly eyes! 

 

A great activity enjoyed by all, helping our clients focus on forward-planning and decision making. Sincere thanks to our friends at Wellingborough’s Tesco store for the donation of the pumpkins! 

Creative craft with a difference!

If you think our art activities stop at paints and collages, think again! Our clients enjoyed a super craft session involving gems, wax, foiling and the art of pyrography (which is decorating wood or other materials with a wood-burning, pen-shaped craft tool).

 

These activities involve a range of skills, but focus on forward-planning, concentration and hand-eye coordination, all of which are skills we work together to support and develop. 

 

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