About Us

Who we are

Headway North Derbyshire is a local charity supporting people who are living with the long-term effects of a brain injury and their families. We provide a range of services that bring people together in a supportive environment helping them on their road to recovery to a life back into the community.

Headway North Derbyshire subscribes to and is a branch of Headway – the brain injury association

Registered Charity No. 1025852

A Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England No. 2346893

What is a brain injury?

A brain injury can happen to anyone at any time through a blow to the head in an accident, stroke, an assault, a sports injury, brain haemorrhage, brain tumour, meningitis or encephalitis. Your brain controls everything about you – your movement, your thinking, your planning, your personality, your memories, your feelings. If you suffer a brain injury it can affect you in many ways; sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, problems with speech, serious memory loss and restricted mobility.

Typically brain injury survivors and their families talk of feeling “lost and alone” and before Headway was launched 10 years ago, after the initial acute care survivors were often sent home to recover on their own. Now this is no longer the case and Headway supports over 60 people and their families with the services we provide, helping them to rebuild a life that has been shattered. We have celebrated members regain confidence, a sense of worth, mobility, learn to walk again, drive again and on occasions return to work.

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Peter Shaw, Chairman of Headway North Derbyshire, has sadly passed away after a short illness. Peter, who was 81, devoted much of his life to ...
Get out the balloons and put up the bunting – Headway is turning 40! For some people, turning 40 is an unwelcome milestone – often ...
What will you do? Anyone born before 1979, the year Headway was founded, is likely to tell you ‘age is but a number!’ Anyone nearing ...
Headway’s statistics and expertise in the field of brain injury have been mentioned in an important debate in Parliament on the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill. ...
This week’s regular Health Questions in Parliament focussed heavily on acquired brain injury, with three MPs raising the needs of brain injury survivors and the ...
Volunteers are vital to the work of Headway. There are many ways in which you can help us with your time and effort. Below are ...
Halifax Long March 2019 on Easter Sunday Sue Reed is raising money for Headway North Derbyshire who provide information, support and services to brain injury ...