We aim to provide funded support for anyone with a brain injury where resources allow.
We offer a varied Living Well Programme for personal wellbeing including individual support to achieve independence, tailored reablement and therapy, Client and Carer groups, social and relaxation opportunities together with information and advice. Our service overs personal outreach support for people at home or out and about in the community. Our staff and volunteers work with expert partners including our partner Counsellors and NHS and hospital teams.
We are expanding our services to reach more people in town communities across East Sussex, Brighton and Hove and into West Sussex.
Headway Sussex originally started in 1988, set up as a support group by families who were all supporting a family member affected by brain injury. Then based at Hurstwood Park Hospital, Haywards Heath, the charity became known as ‘Headway Hurstwood Park’.
It soon became clear that individuals and their families affected by brain injury needed far greater range of support. In 1992 the group moved to open a day centre in Newick where they could expand services with a focus on rehabilitation. The property now known as Headway House, was owned by the Leonard Cheshire Foundation.
Headway Hurstwood Park then became a registered charity in 1998 when the Leonard Cheshire Foundation gifted Headway House to the charity in 2002, Headway Hurstwood Park Company (limited by guarantee) was incorporated.
In November 2016 we relaunched as Headway East Sussex. The fundraising campaign and funding from The Big Lottery led to the construction of the purpose built wheelchair-accessible Annexe in 2005/06 with pottery, woodwork and art rooms. A later project saw the development of a specialist client gym for physical rehabilitation.
Headway Growing Again
In September 2020 we were asked to extend further into West Sussex as the charity there needed to amalgamate. This change has doubled the area we need to cover.
Headway Sussex wants to build on the current groups offered in Worthing and Bognor so that people across the county can be offered a service again. For this we need to find new sources of funding to grow our staff team.