Howarth visits charity making Headway after cash windfall

July 29, 2009 10:00 AM
Howarth visits Headway

David Howarth (left) celebrates Headway's expansion plans with Ellee Seymour, chair of trustees and Andrew Gardner, chief executive.

MP David Howarth visited leading Cambridgeshire charity, Headway, as it prepared to expand its services following almost £500,000 in grant aid.

The charity, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is planning to push out into more communities across the county, helping those with head injuries.

A five year £370,000 National Lottery grant and a £100,000 grant from Volunteering England will allow it to pay for staff to contact more of the 1,226 people who were admitted to Cambridge's Addenbrooke's Hospital last year with a head injury and those admitted in subsequent years.

The Lottery grant will pay for two Community Brain Injury Advisors - one for the north and the other for the south of the county.

A Volunteer Co-ordinator will be funded through the grant from Volunteering England to run a project called Your Time, which will help people who receive no statutory support to relearn skills and knowledge.

The charity is planning to run specialist day services once a week in Huntingdon and Peterborough and possibly expanding into March and Ely next year.

It is also hoped that the charity will be able to reach out to ethnic communities where head injury victims are reluctant to access its services. Only three out of the 60 people supported by the charity come from ethnic backgrounds.

Andrew Gardner, Headway Chief Executive, said: "We treat people with mild head injuries to those with severe physical disabilities. We have seen a marked increase in people using our services year on year and we are seeing some measurable outcomes now. We can clearly see the impact we are making."

David Howarth, who visited the charity on Monday, said: "Headway should be congratulated on securing this much-needed funding which will allow it to expand its valuable work further into communities.

"The charity is turning lives around, often in the most difficult circumstances, and guaranteed funding is vital to ensure that its work can not only continue, but that it can be extended to reach those that might not otherwise benefit. I wish Headway every success for the future."

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