We are now Headway Sussex

Find out more about the charity and what we stand for

About Headway Sussex

Headway Sussex is an independent charity affiliated to national charity Headway UK. Our aim is to extend further to support people with a brain injury right across Sussex to live well.

We offer Clients and their family Carers reablement and wellbeing opportunities. Our service is developing to ensure we can offer advice information and support in person, online, over the phone, at home and in local community venues closer to home.

Our reach is to people living in East Sussex, Brighton & Hove and increasingly to West Sussex from 2021. We urgently need to raise funds to respond to unmet need and rising demand for our support. We want to ensure the charity is sustained for all local people affected by brain injury.

Get Involved

If you’d like to support us and make a difference, why not make a donation, volunteer, sponsor an event or even organise your own? We can’t do what we do without community support. We always need skilled volunteers and welcome anyone keen to fundraise for Headway Sussex.

Our Values


To treat people with respect and empathy


To empower people to achieve optimum independence, interaction and social inclusion


To provide choice and opportunity

Headway is here to help

Speak to one our team for guidance or information on our services, your own rehabilitation and wellbeing, referral or anything related to brain injury. Send us an email, give us a call or fill out the form on the contact page and we will get back to you.

Our Services

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.

Our Charity

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.

Shop for Support

Supporting us has become as easy as purchasing an item in our Etsy store!

Reassurance to Living Well

We work within an ethos, framework and values to ensure our team and our service meets the vision and aims of Headway to remain a trusted, specialist charity. Our focus is on clients being given choice and control through providing caring personal support to meet their individuals needs and achieve the best outcomes for recovery.

Headway provides reassurance from the point of contact and aims to give emotional support and practical advice for people affected by brain injury in all areas of our service. We can offer tailored programmes for rehabilitation with input from specialist partner therapists. Reablement supports client members to rebuild their lives within the community and activities also provide respite as part of continued specialist support to maintain and improve every day life for both clients and their family carers. A focus on the future and wellbeing helps with relearning or gaining new skills towards finding a new hobby, meaningful occupation or work.