The charity sector is under immense pressure following the global spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, and many charities face funding difficulties in light of having to cancel day services.
But one charity, Headway Derby, refuses to let the epidemic get in the way of its mission to improve life after brain injury and support those living with its devastating and life-long effects.
For more than 25 years Headway Derby has been supporting brain injury survivors, their families and carers – and promises to continue to do so during these difficult and uncertain times.
This week, the charity, based at Bateman Court, made the difficult decision to close the doors to its centre, but replaced services with new and exciting online materials.
Facebook groups have been set up, allowing members who usually visit the day centre to interact, share ideas and most importantly, seek support.
The charity’s popular services, including the inspirational women’s group, education course and young people’s group, will also continue to run through the provision of online materials such as videos, PowerPoints and interactive webinars.
And for those that don’t have access to the internet or social media? Well, the charity has sent out art supplies, puzzles and other resources to people’s homes to help keep their brain’s active and engaged.
Cathryn James is just one of many who has been able to take advantage of this support. She said: “Being a traumatic brain injury survivor who has learnt to self-isolate for months after my accident, I depend on Headway Derby.
“Headway Derby are always there to help, support, advise and care for us. When we want to moan, they are there. When we want to cry, they are there. When we want to share, they are there.”
Headway Derby’s Manager, Rebecca Manship, said: “In these extraordinary times we are committed to delivering an extraordinary response. Our main concern is, and always will be the welfare, health and support of our members.
“Brain injury can be isolating and have an adverse effect on mental health at the best of times. The issues will no doubt escalate over the coming weeks as new measures are introduced to slow the spread of the virus.
“Our hope is that those affected by brain injury know they have somewhere to turn to. Headway Derby always has, and always will do its very best to support brain injury survivors and their loved ones during their time in need. Together, we will get through this.”
Despite these positive attitudes and hopes for the future, the charity still relies on the generosity of funders.
“Member day fees cover about a third of the charity's income so closing the doors has an immediate impact on our financial situation,” said Rebecca.
“The new services that we are providing are also free of charge to service users as we recognise the financial struggles some of our members may now face in light of the coronavirus.
“With that said, the provision of our services – both now and in the future – rely on kind donations so any support would be gratefully received.
“By donating the money you would usually spend on your daily commute to work or whatever else you can give, you’ll be helping us to improve life after brain injury for those in Derbyshire.”
You can support Headway Derby by donating through its Virgin Money Giving page here.Back