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Headway News winter 2019

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Headway News winter 2019

Wed 04 Dec 2019

The final edition of 2019 is jam-packed with all the latest news and features, including: 'Concussion continues to hit the headlines', 'Let's talk continence problems', 'Saturday Night Fever - the difficulties of learning new skills after brain injury' and much more!


As the festive season approaches, I’d like to thank you for your contribution towards helping to improve life after brain injury in 2019.

This year, we’ve made significant progress in improving the understanding of brain injury among assessment staff working on Personal Independence Payments. Through specialist training, they can produce more accurate reports on the impact a brain injury can have on daily living. In turn, this ensures that survivors secure the financial support they deserve.

We’ve also raised awareness of the serious issue of brain injury-related fatigue, helping survivors to highlight their daily struggles and foster a community of understanding. This year, thousands of you connected with us through social media to share your stories and experiences.

Our passion for reducing the incidence of brain injury remains unwavering. As a charity we are proud to campaign for safer workplaces, better concussion protocols and improvements to road safety.

We are also proud to be able to offer practical support through our Emergency Fund, which provides grants in the immediate aftermath of brain injury, as well as the Headway Brain Injury Identity Card, which is designed to help police officers more easily recognise the effects of brain injury and provide appropriate support for survivors.

We will continue to position brain injury as a priority and campaign for better care and rehabilitation with MPs and ministers. This year has seen brain injury at the forefront of several parliamentary discussions and debates. In the most recent debate, Headway was mentioned 34 times!

Hundreds of you have emailed and written letters to your local MPs, and together, our voices are being heard. We’re encouraged by how well they have responded to our calls for change but there is still so much more to be done.

Some of what we campaign for at Headway may take years to achieve, but together and with your support, you are helping to improve life after brain injury.

Thank you for standing with us.

Peter McCabe
Chief Executive

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