Headway East Kent
Headway East Kent is a charity providing support for adults whose lives have been disrupted by an injury to the brain. Headway East Kent was established in 1989 and offers day centre services across East Kent in Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate. Headway also provides carer and family support throughout the region
The Folkestone Branch of Headway started in 1999 for one day per week with only a few people. Now we have over 40 clients and the day centre is open four days a week with an average of twelve to fourteen clients per day.
An acquired brain injury can happen to anyone at any time and can include stroke, brain tumour, meningitis, encephalitis, hydrocephalus, aneurism, anoxia, drug and alcohol abuse and poisoning and also injury from external forces such as road traffic accidents, assaults, dangerous sports, etc Often referred to as the “hidden disability” a head injury does not always have noticeable physical symptoms, with the effects being mild to life changing depending on the severity and location of the injury. Common problems after a head injury can include physical problems, such as mobility; emotional and behavioural, such as anger and frustration and finally cognitive problems, including memory issues and attention deficits
In the day centre Headway offer social rehabilitative activities from Tuesday to Friday 9.30am -3.30pm. There is a full weekly programme undertaken. People may attend for half a day to a whole day as appropriate for their needs. Referrals can be made by health professionals, family members or self referral from the head injured person.