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About Headway Darlington & District

Headway Darlington & District is a branch of Headway, the brain injury association, a UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury. We were established in June 2013. In March 2015 we were approved for independent charitable status with the charities commission.

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Headway Darlington & District is a branch of Headway, the brain injury association, a UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury.  We were established in June 2013 and opted to register for independent charitable status with the charities commission late 2014.

Our vision is:  “Rebuilding lives after brain injury”.   We aim to become the service of choice in the Darlington & District area  for providing continued support to  individuals and families affected by brain injury.

 

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Our Vision and Goals

Our vision is: “Rebuilding lives after brain injury”. We aim to become the service of choice in the Darlington & District area for providing continued support to individuals and families affected by brain injury. This will result in improved statistics in (1) effective brain injury rehabilitation & recovery, and (2) family adjustment

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Our vision is: “Rebuilding lives after brain injury”. We aim to become the service of choice in the Darlington & District area for providing continued support to individuals and families affected by brain injury. This will result in improved statistics in (1) effective brain injury rehabilitation & recovery, and (2) family adjustment

Mission and Aims

  • HW Darlington and &District aims to become a ‘provider of choice ’ to people with a brain injury, their families and carers by supporting unmet needs , gaps and aspirations once discharged from hospital.

‘Provider of choice’ being defined as:

  • Stakeholders will know about the services and results we achieve
    • Stakeholders: (clients, people impacted by brain injury, families impacted by brain injury, carers, hospitals (ICU/rehab), rehab centres,  GP’s, service providers, local universities (research and support worker volunteers and students)
  • We aim to be viewed as a leader in searching new opportunities and innovative ways of working, continually pushing the boundaries of social and community care for brain injury survivors. We are open to new ways of thinking about the delivery of services.
  • We aim to provide local services including education and support to ALL those impacted by brain injury (ALL includes schools, colleges, workplaces, friends, colleagues)
  • We aim to proactively and continually raise public awareness of the organisation and the issues involved in brain injury
  • We aim to create a repeatable process to support families through brain injury from ICU onwards, including education and continued support
  • We aim to create a centre and support for children (and/or family) in the region that are impacted by a parent’s or family member brain injury
  • We aim to prove the levels of professionalism, advice and service delivered through successful quality audits against the Headway Standards

Outcomes:

  • Improved capacity for individuals and families through the provision of new local services
  • Reduced isolation by those impacted by brain injury
  • Increased self-esteem and self worth
  • Prevention/reduction in depression and other mental health impacts
  • Improved relationships and statistics in brain injury families remaining intact
  • Increased ability to lead varied/fulfilling and independent lives
  • Vocational work placements and increased opportunities to gain work paid/unpaid
  • Improved social networking
  • Improvement management of brain injury deficits
  • Empowerment of individuals to make informed decisions
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved education system for families to support those with a brain injury

 

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Board of Trustees

A strong group of talented individuals that are determined and passionate about delivering services to address the unmet needs and gaps of brain injury survivors and their families

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A strong group of talented individuals that are determined and passionate about delivering services to address the unmet needs and gaps of brain injury survivors and their families

Nicola Hughes (Chair) brings executive leadership skills having led commercial operations in start-up and large organisations, delivering operational excellence and business process improvement to a global blue chip client base.  She joined the Board in 2014 to help create and develop local services to fill a growing gap for individuals and families after brain injury.  Nicola’s husband sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2011.

Jean Martin Savage (Vice Chair) is a Chartered Psychologist with over twenty years experience designing and delivering rehabilitation programmes for people with an acquired brain injury.  She joined the Board in 2014 and, having recently retired, is dedicating her time and clinical expertise to supporting Headway Darlington & District in their mission to provide services that will address the unmet needs of survivors and their families in order to help them rebuild their lives after the trauma of brain injury.

Debra Thornton (Trustee) is an Operational and Change Expert .  Having worked across blue chip, start up and third sector organisations, she brings skills in Operational Change and Leadership in corporate and charity sectors. She joined the Board in 2014 when she was looking for supportive services for her daughter, who sustained a TBI in 2003

Karen Pratt (Treasurer) is a solicitor and for the last 10 years, by acting as Professional Court of Protection Deputy and Professional Trustee, has looked after compensation for clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries. In addition, she has had 20 years experience acting in criminal negligence claims and has seen first hand the devastating effects of traumatic brain injury. Her wish is to support Headway D&D in their aim to ‘rebuild lives after brain injury’ and raise awareness of the much needed help Headway can offer individuals and families.

Ken Allinson MBE (Secretary) Ken was involved with the YMCA from being 14 years old and worked for YMCA in North Yorkshire from 1989 to 2014 most recently as Chief Executive/Company Secretary.  He was awarded the MBE for his dedicated service. He brings many years experience of fundraising from charitable trusts and foundations and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Fundraising. Ken joined in January 2016 and is delighted to have joined Headway Darlington & District at this really exciting time.

Philippa Roberts (Trustee) is a solicitor specialising in employment law, who also has experience in assisting personal injury claimants who have sustained traumatic brain injuries. She is working to help improve the services available to people living with brain injury, and their families and carers, in the Darlington area.

Giles Philip Hudson (Trustee) suffered a very serious brain injury in 1985 and has inspired many with his determination throughout his rehabilitation and recovery. In addition to this, Giles experienced the family’s perspective when his wife suffered a stroke in July 2014. In order to support his wife, who is now recovering well, Giles stepped down as Headway Darlington & District Chair.  He remains on the Board and is extremely passionate about ensuring that difficulties post brain injury are minimised not only for individuals but also their families and support networks

Susan Chappell (Trustee) is a personal injury solicitor specialising in acquired brain injury, with over 10 years of experience.   Sue is passionate about Headway and the services they can offer to individuals and families.  Her aim is to raise awareness of brain injury and in facilitating services for survivors to lead happy and fulfilling

Angela Birleson (Trustee) A specialist neurological occupational therapist with more than 26 years clinical expertise in working with people affected by acquired brain injuries (ABI) She worked for many years in the NHS before moving to the independent sector. A founder member of Headway Darlington & District, she is aware that many with an ABI struggle when statutory services cease and is working with Headway to fulfill this unmet need.

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Future Plans

We are in the early stages of development. However, we have extensive and detailed plans that will deliver multiple services. These plans include:

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We are in the early stages of development.  However, we have extensive and detailed plans that will deliver multiple services.  These plans include:

  • Centre-based rehabiliation
  • Personal and Social Development
  • External activities
  • Training and Education for individuals and organisations
  • Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Family Support Programme
  • Outreach Re-enablement Service
  • Specialist Brain Injury Advocacy Service
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Return to work programme where applicable.

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About Brain Injury

This section provides a link to Headway UK that provides an overview of the brain, brain injury and the practical issues that can arise.

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This section provides a link to Headway UK that provides an overview of the brain, brain injury and the practical issues that can arise.

Please click here to be directed to Headway UK ‘About Brain Injury’ page

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Values

Our organisation has agreed a set of core values that will drive our culture and behaviour:

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Our organisation has agreed a set of core values that will drive our culture and behaviour:

  • We are committed to providing successful services and a platform for continued growth to support the unmet needs and aspirations of all those impacted by brain injury
  • We are professionals and we conduct business in a way that gains the respect and admiration of people inside and outside our organisation
  • We identify and maximise potential: we will work with staff, service users, volunteers, families, carers and trustees to highlight the areas for development and provide opportunities to meet these needs
  • We are known for our honesty and integrity: we ensure that our interactions with people are above reproach and we maintain the confidentiality of those we work with.
  • We respect each other: everyone has a different, yet important role to play in the organisation and we respect the different skills and knowledge.
  • We are accountable: everyone is accountable for their actions and we are prepared to learn from our mistakes.

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