Improving Life after Brain Injury

Headway Cambridgeshire came about because a woman called Sarah Durrant couldn't find the services needed for her brain injured husband. Social worker Peter was in a police car when the client with whom he was travelling grabbed the steering wheel and caused an accident. Peter sustained life changing injuries. Sarah looked around for support in the community and when she was not able to find something that matched Peter’s needs, she decided she would have to create an organisation that did.

In 1989, together with her friend Maurice Reynolds, Sarah founded Headway Cambridgeshire. In 1991 we were able to secure an old ward on the Brookfields Hospital site, off Mill Road in Cambridge, for minimal rent to use as a meeting place. The building was named ‘Headway House’.

In 1999, Headway House was subjected to an arson attack which gutted part of the building. Support from the local community helped Headway Cambridgeshire rebuild and raise over £20,000 to repair the building.

Not long after the building was repaired, the owners of the site increased the rent, making it unaffordable. Headway Cambridgeshire and their supporters lobbied Cambridge City Primary Care Trust until they agreed to reduce the rent and cap it at an affordable rate. In December 2012, Headway moved from Headway House to the Ida Darwin Hospital Site.

Headway Cambridgeshire provides specialist services to people with an acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions and their families and carers.

Since 1989 we have been helping people to live as independently as possible and achieve their full potential.

Brain injury can affect anyone, at any time and Headway Cambridgeshire, an autonomous charity, supports people through these life-changing events, treating them as individuals and building a bespoke service to meet their needs and aspirations.

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Wherever you live in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough we can provide practical help, support, expertise and information in the community, at home or at our hubs.

We work closely with our health and social care colleagues and other agencies to ensure services are as seamless as possible, and we can provide this help right through the support pathway.

The Hospital Brain Injury Co-ordinator became someone who absolutely understood how I felt, I didn’t need to explain. I could talk about my fears and worries. She was such a great support through the difficult days, but could also celebrate the small step successes, which was important to me.