Headway Thames Valley continues to expand and improve its services – aiming to provide as wide a variety as possible.
We currently work with around 150 adults of all ages every year helping them adjust to and cope with their altered circumstances. We provide a range of services and support, whether it’s through our Day Centre, Outreach Service or Therapy Groups. Support options we provide include art and music therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, enablement, community based activities, neuro-psychology and occupational therapy.
All activities are designed to help clients towards achieving a range of outcomes: learning or re-learning skills, improving confidence and self-esteem, functional ability and exercise, developing coping strategies, keeping families together, quality of life, being able to use public transport, taking part in community or sports activities and helping to facilitate returning to employment where appropriate.
“Meeting others with the same problems as me really helped. My walking has improved and I now have the confidence to climb stairs”
Headway employs a chartered physiotherapist and continues to expand this service.
“I never thought I would be able to sew or use a computer again – it’s great”
The loss of occupational skills is a common result of brain injury. Headway provides a professional, personalised programme for each individual – where appropriate – promoting independence in the home and community. This include relearning skills such as making a cup of tea and connecting with their community.
“My memory is improving and I can concentrate more”
Cognitive stimulation therapy and learning coping skills and compensatory strategies help with problems such as poor memory, lack of concentration, speed of thought processing, problem solving, lack of understanding and language skills. Psychology and Speech and Language Therapy Headway clients can benefit from the services of a Speech and Language Therapist and a Clinical Psychologist. Their expertise is used across the range of Headway services.
“By using the coping strategies Headway gave me I am more able to deal with my everyday life”
Headway provides free, confidential professional counselling in a supportive environment either in a Headway centre or in the home for those with acquired brain injury and also for their families and carers.
Family and Carer Support
The whole family is affected by a brain injury, regular support group meetings provide a confidential and supportive atmosphere to share the highs and lows. Training courses run by Headway professionals provide the information needed to understand what’s happening.
Music and Art Therapy
A music therapist visits Headway once a week, running a choir, group and individual sessions. Besides being entertaining, music therapy produces excellent physical and cognitive results. Performances at concerts have a great impact on improving confidence. A local artist attends our centres weekly and also accompanies groups on trips out to draw and paint the natural environment. Art therapy is open to non centre users too.
Living with Brain Injury Courses
“I found the course extremely beneficial – just getting some understanding of how you are… and all the recommendations regarding goal setting and breaking things down was very useful”
This is an 11 week programme run in Reading, a collaboration between Headway Thames Valley professionals and those within the Community Based Neuro Rehabilitation Team. The course aims to provide insight and information on clients’ conditions. Part of the course is for carers and families. It has also just been extended to Bracknell – at the Open Learning Centre. Both courses have regular follow up workshops for past attendees.
“Being part of the group has helped me to move forward in so many ways”
South Reading Leisure Centre
This community re-integration programme is based in the South Reading Leisure Centre. The group participate in physiotherapy and exercise in the gym there. A strong emphasis is on community re-integration skills with activities such as bowling, clay pigeon shooting, canoeing, fishing, golf and day trips.
Reading Wellbeing Programme
This time phased programme runs for 6 months and provides functional therapy delivered by an inter-disciplinary team of neuro-therapists. It provides intensive coping and adjustment therapies and strategies. The goal for each person is to improve independence and enjoyment of their everyday lives.