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Headway News autumn 2017

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Headway News autumn 2017

Tue 05 Sep 2017

All the latest brain injury news and features from Headway including: Prince Harry returns to Headway - new brain injury ID card launched in style, New website, "His life mattered", First dance delight, Through the good times and the bad and much more!

"A life changing moment"

If we’re being honest, it’s not every day that a member of the Royal family takes time out of their busy schedule to praise the work of Headway. (Of course, we think the work we do across the UK would warrant such action, but perhaps we’re a touch biased!)

So when HRH Prince Harry agreed to launch our Justice Project, at the heart of which is the new Brain Injury Identity Card, we were naturally thrilled. A lot has already been said about the ID card, and you’ll find plenty more in this edition of Headway News.

However, it’s fair to say that Prince Harry managed to sum it up quite nicely when launching the initiative.

“This surely is a life-changing moment,” he said, before also recognising that the card is ‘a saving grace’ for the police as well as brain injury survivors.

The support of Prince Harry is invaluable in raising awareness of this important project. But the endorsement and commitment of police organisations cannot be understated either. The primary aim of this project – to help police identify brain injury survivors at the earliest opportunity to ensure they receive appropriate support – can only be met if the card is recognised and respected by the police.

Thankfully, this support is absolute and will make a significant difference to the way brain injury survivors are treated when and if they come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Brain injury is often referred to as ‘the hidden disability’. Now though, by carrying an official Headway Brain Injury Identity Card, survivors will have access to a simple solution to a tricky conversation that will help to avoid or minimise misunderstandings or mistreatment, as you can see from the positive feedback on page two of the magazine.

Life changing indeed.

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