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Headway News autumn 2018

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Headway News autumn 2018

Fri 14 Sep 2018

Real lives feature in new film, MPs debate ABI, The debilitating impact of social isolation, I'm calling about Chris and much more!

Summertime and the livin’ is easy...

As Ella Fitzgerald famously sang, summertime and the livin’ is easy.

Whether you love or hate the heat, summer is typically a relaxing time for many. But here at Headway, we have been working as hard as ever to keep pushing for reform of the welfare benefits system and launching new projects.

Earlier this year we launched our Right First Time campaign. In simple terms, the aim was to improve the assessment processes for those applying for ESA or PIP.

That aim remains at the heart of the campaign and, as you’ll see in our update on pages 12 and 13, momentum is growing.

We continue to hear so many reports of brain injury survivors being subjected to appalling treatment at the hands of assessors who do not understand the complexities of brain injury.

Stories such as Ian and Heather’s, which you can read on pages 14 and 15, are all the motivation we need to continue fighting to make things better.

Our overriding aim is to improve life after brain injury through campaigning, supporting our network of groups and branches, and launching innovative projects and services to help those affected.

One such project is I’m calling about Chris. It’s a simple-to-use free online resource to help people update friends and families on the condition of a loved one in the early stages post injury.

It can be emotionally and physically draining to make and return dozens of phone calls from people understandably eager for updates - particularly after spending all day at the hospital.

I’m calling about Chris can help people to not only keep loved ones updated, but also provide an effective way for others to offer their practical and emotional support.

You can read all about it on pages 10 and 11, or go straight to to check it out for yourself.

And while you’re online, why not take a look at the new short film on our website introducing the work we do to improve life after brain injury.

We hope it will lead to more people turning to us for help and support. And you can help by sharing it on social media (please!).

But we’re not the only ones who have been busy this summer. Check out our special feature on gardening to see how Headway groups and branches have been enjoying  the great outdoors (and weather!). And let’s not forget our fabulous fundraisers whose exploits never fail to inspire us to do more! 

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