Services for Carers, Families and Friends

It's not just brain injury survivors that need support. Loved ones are also affected.

We're here to support you too

Caring for someone with a brain injury can be difficult. Often it can feel like the person you knew has changed completely and you’re suddenly faced with new behaviours and emotions that weren’t in that person’s nature before.

We understand exactly how difficult this is. Whether you’re a spouse, partner, parent, sibling, other family member or close friend, we’re here to give you the support you need. Even if that’s as simple as providing some time just for you, without having to worry about your loved one.

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.

Advice and Support

Often it falls to the families and friends of the brain injury survivor to help the individual get the support they need in the first place and help them make decisions about their ongoing care.

Brain injury affects people in completely different ways. Your loved one might be impacted physically and unable to walk. They may no longer be able to speak. They might now be unable to control their emotions – particularly anger. Potentially, they might have a combination of all of these and more.

Your loved one may have been discharged from hospital, but what do you do next? It’s incredibly hard to know what support you’ll need and where to go for it. That’s where we come in.

Our Advice and Support team are your first port of call. We’ll listen to your story and advise you on what to do next.

Hospital Liaison Service

From being admitted to discharge, we support you through the process and provide advice and guidance on the next steps for your loved ones recovery journey. We’re with you every step of the way.

Our team is based at The Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

Support Groups

Living with and supporting someone with a brain injury can be an ongoing challenge. The nature of brain injury is unpredictable and often extremely challenging for the families and friends of the individual.

But it helps to know that you’re not alone. There are people that understand what you’re going through.

That’s why we run monthly support groups for carers and brain injury survivors. These give carers the chance to meet with people in similar situations, to find out more about the effects of brain injury and how to manage these as effectively as possible, and to discuss their personal experiences, challenges, feelings and emotions in a supportive environment.

Through these sessions many begin to build and grow their vital support network.

The Headway Emergency Fund

The Emergency Fund provides grants of up to £500 in the immediate aftermath of brain injury, to help adult brain injury survivors and their families cope with the sudden practical implications.

Most of our grants (82%) are used to help families be at the bedside of a loved one following a brain injury. Since the fund was launched, we have supported thousands of families and provided grants of over £400,000.

" It was so reassuring to talk to others with shared experiences. "

- Family member