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On 27th April 2022 we successfully raised £6,828 ( + est. £40.75 Gift Aid ) with 108 supporters in 182 days

We aim to provide creative sessions and workshops that will help us support those who have been affected by an acquired brain injury.

by Headway Cardiff & South East Wales in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The extra money would allow us to extend our offer and continue to provide workshops and sessisons for an extra three years. This continuation would mean that we could build the creative workshops into our main, permanent schedule and that the people who need our help can feel the benefits for a much longer time. 

On average, people who access our support services soon after they have suffered a brain injury are then engaged with us for a significant length of time since the injury is lasting and often not something that they will recover from, but rather is a new way of life. The benefits are not only felt by the individuals, but also by their family and carers. 


National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund

We’re taking part in the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund. Donations to our project will be matched by the fund up to the value of £250 per donation to help us overcome the effects of the pandemic.


Please note only one donation per supporter will be matched by the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund.

We were established in 1985 as a support group by people with acquired brain injury (ABI), their families and therapists in Rookwood Specialist Rehabilitation Hospital to address the lack of support available to families on discharge and the isolation they could experience. We have grown and evolved over the years in response to the changing needs of the ABI community living in South East Wales.

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From our premises in Rookwood Hospital in Cardiff, we run our 4 day a week Independence and Wellbeing Centre, Information and Outreach, Welfare Benefits and Counselling Services, and monthly Family and Friends group. We also reach out into the community. Our Information and Outreach Officers visit people wherever needed and we run weekly social and activity groups that meet in various locations in Cardiff and Pontypool.

Our overall mission is to promote understanding of all aspects of acquired brain injury and to provide information, support and services to people with acquired brain injury, their families and carers. 

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In the past, we have been able to offer some fantastic collaborative, creative projects to our service users and this is something we would like to start to introduce once again. The creative arts can be such a great help with many of the problems that our members face on a day to day basis. Creativity can increase mental wellbeing, prompt emotional response, encourage fine motor skills, develop relationships, reduce the feeling of isolation, tackle frustration/anger and help with discovering new talents. 

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During the pandemic, our services were severely affected, meaning that we were able to only operate our core service and this had to be from a distance. The disruption felt by our members as a result of the lockdown has been significant, further exacerbating the effects they have suffered as a result of their life-changing brain injuries.  

Our aim now is to work with external facilitators who can provide creative sessions and arts classes that we hope will encourage our members to re-engage and discover their potential. This will bring a new sense of enjoyment, creativity and positivity back into our centre as we start to rebuild our service following the pandemic. 

The link below will take you to a film created from a previous project, it helps to highlight the reasons why  creativity and expression are so important to us here at Headway Cardiff & South East Wales. 

Joy - The second of four videos produced from our project with Hijinx Theatre called Being Seen. The videos were informed from ideas expressed during 24 workshops with service users from our Independence & Wellbeing Centre.

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