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Another national lockdown: what this means for you and your family

Tue 05 Jan 2021

A new year and a new national lockdown. At Headway we understand how distressing this news will be to many brain injury survivors and their families.

The government has issued new guidance with the key message: stay at home. During this period of national lockdown, government advice is that you must stay at home except to:

Only vulnerable children or children of key workers will be allowed to attend educational settings until February half term. Early Years provision such as nurseries will remain open.

Read the full government guidance on the latest lockdown

But I’m clinically vulnerable. What should I do?

The risk of severe illness from Coronavirus is greater for certain individuals including those over 70, pregnant women and those with some underlying health conditions.

The government have advised that those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should take extra care to stay at home and shield. They can also expect to receive a letter in the post from their GP or the government with more information.

The government have issued more detailed guidance for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

How we can help

We are here to support you through this difficult time and you can still contact our helpline for support and advice. Whilst our team won’t be able to offer you information or advice in relation to Coronavirus, they can offer reassurance and friendly voice.

You can contact the helpline by calling 0808 800 2244 or emailing

The charity’s online forum, HealthUnlocked, is a community for anyone affected by brain injury. It provides you with a chance to connect and share with people who understand brain injury and its effects in a friendly, safe and mutually supportive environment.

Headway groups and branches are determined to do all they can support those who rely on their help.

If you are currently being supported by a local Headway group or branch, you should be able to contact them via the usual telephone or email addresses, although please be aware that not all phone lines will be manned due to the current situation.

Charity shops

Sadly, all of our charity shops are required to close again following the government announcement. We will only re-open a Headway shop when we are confident that we can offer a safe environment for our volunteers, staff and customers and it is financially viable for us to do so.


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