DIANE GOWER

International Child and Family Therapist, Shamanic Practitioner, FireWalk Instructor   




Firewalk Angels fundraising for Headway



Big Congratulation to Headway

Smashing their target from £200 to £800

   

About this amazing charity - Headway House Day Centre


Following a brain injury an individual may require support to adjust to any physical/sensory or cognitive changes that may have resulted.  Headway House is a safe supportive environment which enables individuals to practise or re-learn skills that may have been affected.


Communication may also be affected by brain injury in a variety of different ways.  Some people may have word finding difficulties making conversation slow, disjointed and frustrating; they may speak in jumbled sentences, speak with a slur, have problems with pitch and volume or have no verbal communication at all.  In public or in a social setting they often feel embarrassed or too anxious to try to communicate; their concern is that others may not understand or will view them differently. Some are afraid they will be made to look or feel stupid.

 

Those who attend often say that it is the only place that they can ‘be themselves’ and don’t feel embarrassed to try new things. The social opportunity is very valuable too; being able to talk to others who have had similar experiences and really understand how you feel is extremely important. 


Headway does not want individuals to become dependent upon their support.  As soon as someone starts at Headway they meet and develop a Personal Development Plan or PDP. They  identify specific goals and areas of difficulties so that they can be targeted to enable people to ‘move forward’.  PDP’s are reviewed every 3 months.  The practice within Headway is to encourage everyone to achieve as much as possible to enable them to move forward from Headway. Sometimes this will be into education, voluntary work, paid employment or simply to be able to live independently.


Each day they are supported by three staff, one of which is a woodworker.  There are also volunteers providing assistance.  For those that have a high level of support needs they are able to bring their own 1:1 support worker/personal assistant.


Self esteem, confidence and motivation can be seriously affected by a brain injury; therefore the focus of Headway House is “activity”.  They encourage everyone to be actively involved in the wide variety of activities on offer.


From personally visiting Headway House and met with a beautiful dedicated  team who truly wanted to make a difference to peoples affected by brain injury.

I also met with those who had been affected by Brain Injury who all informed me that this wonderful centre has changed theirs and families life's

                                                                                   Diane Gower