Headway Barbecue

Aug 14, 2015

On Saturday 8th August we held a barbecue at our centre in Henley.

Phil, manning the barbecue

Phil, manning the barbecue

The barbecue went well, with a good mixture of clients and their families and some members of the public.

 The tombola proved a big success, as did the burgers, hot dogs and cakes. Tara Bishop, who is the assistant psychologist at Headway Thames Valley and one of the event organisers said;

“It was great to see so many familiar faces and some of the clients families who I hadn’t met before. We couldn’t have asked for better weather on what was a fantastic day for the charity.”

Clients and their families enjoying the day

Clients and their families enjoying the day


Enjoying our lovely garden which is maintained by the clients.

Enjoying our lovely garden which is maintained by the clients

It was a good chance for people to come and have a look at what Headway is all about and for some of the clients to show off some of the art they have made; displayed on our walls here. It was also nice for our new CEO, Stephen Welch to meet some of the families we help. Stephen was appointed as Chief Executive of Headway Thames Valley by the Board of Trustees at the beginning of August 2015.

Stephen Welch - Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Welch – Chief Executive Officer

Over a career spanning thirty five years working in the north west of England and the West Midlands, Stephen has worked in the areas of economic regeneration, international trade and business support. Prior to taking up his position with Headway Thames Valley, Stephen was a Director and Trustee of a financial advisory charity.

In his leisure time, Stephen enjoys watching Manchester United, playing golf (handicap 18), rugby and hill walking. He is marred to Clare and lives in Pangbourne and they have two sons.

With regard to his appointment as CEO at Headway Thames Valley, Stephen said;

“My main aim is to raise the profile of the charity throughout Berkshire and further develop the clinical services in terms of location, groups, activities and bespoke enablement for clients who have an acquired brain injury. Like most charities we need to boost our income streams as we are faced with cuts in social care budgets that impact on our activities and the services we provide to local people. We also need to strengthen our volunteer activity and if there are any individuals within Berkshire and South Oxfordshire who would like to volunteer a few hours each week to help us at the Henley Centre we would be very pleased to hear from them”.