Headway Blackpool Wyre & Fylde operates to provide information, support and social activities for anyone suffering with the effects of an acquired brain injury (ABI) over the age of 18, along with their families and carers, across the Fylde coast. Importantly, we offer the chance to share experiences, knowing that the group members understand some of the problems and difficulties that ABI brings.
ABIs are referred to as an invisible disability as there are often no physical impairments resulting from them. However, 2013-2014 statistics reveal there were approximately 956 daily ABI admissions to UK hospitals – 1 every 90 seconds.
Whilst brain injury survivors receive fantastic initial support, NHS funding is finite. Once people are back living within the community, they find themselves turning to charities like ourselves due to the limited resources available through the NHS.
The services we provide to our members are a space to meet bi-monthly to socialise in a safe environment, free from isolation or judgement; arrange events like our summer day trip, Christmas party, fish and chip supper and pancake party; arrange therapeutic sessions in areas such as Anger Management, Relaxation and Physiotherapy and; educating on Brain Injury Awareness and First Aid for our members.
Due to our member’s ABIs, many struggle with navigating the complex benefits and welfare system. Consequently, we assist in completing applications for benefits and support through any appeals if refused.