Press Release – 23rd December 2016
Jersey’s only brain injury charity sees more referrals and increases its services to islanders in 2016.
Headway Jersey has seen the impact of more referrals from a variety of sources such as medical practitioners, the General Hospital and Overdale enabling the charity to provide more services to islanders. To match the demands we know are required, the charity has adjusted the opening hours of the Headway centre and introduced new services based on the needs of our service users.
Amongst these new services a life skills course has been put in place which is run by Sharon McGhee, Headway Jersey’s member’s manager. This highly successful course has been introduced to help enable islanders to regain life skills they may have lost following their brain injury. The six-week course is tailored to the individuals needs, working on abilities such as cooking, social skills and even basic domestic chores.
To be able to support the new initiatives now being provided our funding becomes even more important. In 2016, Headway Jersey has been fortunate to have incredible support in raising the money required to run the charity. One of the highlights of the year, of many, was the amazing efforts by our wonderful Ambassador Ana Goncalves. Another of our Ambassadors, Siobhan Rondel, continued to support the charity with fundraising events such as the ever-popular Berrkats evenings.
Ana raised a large sum of money through her daunting challenge of a marathon a day for 30 consecutive days but brought even more awareness to the charity after being nominated for the ITV pride of Britain awards.
The impact of such a successful year means for Ray Cooper the CEO of Headway Jersey; the charity is able to take the charity forward as it heads into its 20th anniversary as he explains…
It has been a strong year for Headway, you only have to look at the support we have received from islanders who recognise the important work that we do.
From all our corporate supporters like Salamanca group, to our London marathon runners and inspiring people like Ana and also Brian Marr who completed his personal challenge to walk Camino del Norte clocking up over 800 kilometres raising over £5000!
I wish I could name everyone but it so important to stress that without all this support and the hours given by volunteers we could not continue to provide all the services, we now have in place.
What is evident this year is that with increased early referrals the quicker and more impact we can have in supporting an islander’s successful rehabilitation. It in turn allows us to improve and fine tune what islanders need to ensure their quality of life following such a traumatic experience.
Looking ahead, we have also been able to strengthen our team, which I know will assist in taking the charity forward as we head towards our 20th anniversary.
All the information on 2016’s fundraising efforts can be found on the charities website and facebook page. Plans for how Headway Jersey will mark this milestone of 20 years of support with the announcement of its new team members will be announced in January 2017.
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About Headway Jersey
Headway Jersey provides support, information and services to people with a brain injury, their families and carers. The Headway Centre at Le Coie opens 5 days a week to run various sessions and operates a mini bus service to collect our brain-injured members.
We currently support over 130 members in contact with us.
Many of our members have varying degrees of disability ranging from physical to emotional and behavioural effects. During our sessions we offer different activities to help rehabilitate, engage our members and to promote well being and a healthy lifestyle.
Over the past 19 years, we seen some fantastic results, which include supporting our members to regain life skills, confidence and adapt to their disability.
Rehabilitation sessions have helped to improve mobility, independence and a sense of achievement, which has lead to individuals being able to return to work. Some members most affected by their brain injury will require support for the rest of their lives.
Headway Jersey Ltd is a local charity, which sees all the funding and money raised on the island stay on the island to support the work we do and is a fully registered Charity – AJC206.
It costs £350,000 per annum to run Headway and we receive a grant of only £29,000 from H.S.S.
2017 is the 20th anniversary of Headway Jersey.