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Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee consideration of the Carers (Scotland) Bill

Mon 11 May 2015

Headway - the brain injury association is delighted to have been given the opportunity to share its views on the Carers (Scotland) Bill.


We are a UK-wide charity providing support to brain injury survivors and their families and carers through a variety of frontline central services complementing the work of a network of local Headway groups and branches, who provide a range of services in their communities. We additionally raise awareness of brain injury, and seek to prevent further injuries through our communications, policy, research and campaigning work.

At present, there are nine Headway groups operating in Scotland, each providing a range of services to brain injury survivors and their families and carers. For survivors, they offer a variety of rehabilitative activities to promote cognitive, behavioural, physical and emotional recovery, which can include hydrotherapy, cooking and other independent living skills, individual therapy, and exercise sessions. These additionally offer social opportunities for survivors which can rebuild their confidence. Scotland also has five Headway volunteer-led branches which provide a range of social inclusion programmes and give information and peer support through volunteers.

Additionally, many Headway groups and branches in Scotland offer support to carers, which can include befriending and dedicated carer events where carers can socialise, find information and access peer support. There is also information on caring for a brain injury survivor on Headway's website and a specially created booklet for carers, and it takes a large number of calls on its helpline from this group. The charity has also previously campaigned on support for carers, and offers training to them in caring for someone with a brain injury. Courses cover issues including cognitive rehabilitation, communication difficulties, and sex and sexuality.

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Headway - the brain injury association is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Charity no. 1025852) and the Office of the Scottish Regulator (Charity no. SC 039992). Headway is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England no. 2346893.

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