Headway Cambridgeshire's Client Bloggers

Headway Cambridgeshire's Client Bloggers

20th May, 2015

We often put up blog posts written by our Chief Executive or by members of staff but we don’t often get the chance to bring you the thoughts and feelings of our clients. Now some of our clients have expressed an interest in blogging about their experiences and we’re delighted to be able to share their ideas. They will be writing about subjects that interest them, in their own words. To begin with, they write introducing themselves.

Introducing…

 

Colin

Colin

Hello, I am Colin Shepherd. I am a firefighter from Lincolnshire. My life changed way back in 2001 when I suffered a brain injury which left me with hemiplegia and confined to a wheelchair. I want to write this blog to give you information about head injury.

Recently someone asked me what Headway Cambridgeshire do. They repair broken lives of brain injury survivors. They repair those lives with a selection of well-constructed activities ranging from gardening to art. There is a gym with a trained instructor with state of the art equipment to help clients with any mobility problems. These activities aim at repairing any skill affected by the brain injury. When I arrived I was an emotional wreck, short of cognitive and social skills. The very nature of brain injury very often means a long stay in hospital, often meaning a lack of social interaction. Having a nurse wake you and ask you to roll over while she sticks a needle in you does not count as meaningful interaction. But socialising with other clients helps repair those lost social skills. The staff are always looking to improve services and have just introduced peer mentors to help settle new clients. They are also introducing Headway ambassadors and advocates – a giant leap forward for improving services in the event of a new client experiencing any problems. Since becoming a client with Headway I have made so much progress I would like to share this with others.

Wendy

Wendy

Hi, my name is Wendy. I had a stroke in 2012 that left me in a wheelchair unable to walk - but I will walk again. With hard work and physical exercise, I will get there. In 2014 I came to Headway and I come once a week mainly to use the gym to get my fitness back and to help me walk again, it is a lot of fun I really enjoy it. I have made a lot of friends. We have good and interesting conversations. This blog is all about Headway Cambridgeshire and what goes on. We all have different sessions such as gym, art, cooking etc. We also have chickens!

Chris

Chris

Hi-ya. My name is Chris Eleftheriou. I am a Headway client. I had an R.T.A. on Mother’s day, 1980. I suffered multiple injuries and two bleeds on the brain. I am 53 years old and have been a Headway client for 7-8 years. I have made a new life for myself with a lot of help from Headway Cambridgeshire. My life was quite horrible before Headway. I have made so much progress since I have attended the service. I am now a board member for the Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment (PDSI) Board. I work in partnership with the county council, representing Headway and Headway clients. I am married with two grown up daughters, and have three grandchildren, who I’m very proud of. Headway has been a Godsend for me as I have new skills; improved cognitive skills – improved executive skills – and much more. I cannot praise Headway enough. Anyone thinking about Headway and how they can help should get in touch.

Chris is one of two Headway Cambridgeshire representatives on the Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment Board. If you would like to contact him, you can do so by email at representative@headway-cambs.org.uk

Thank you for the support and advice that you have been giving my husband. This has in turn taken a lot of pressure off me and has helped me through his bad days and angry spells.
Christine, wife of Headway client