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Mission and support
Headway Guernsey is a local charity supporting islanders and their families who are living with the long-term effects of a brain injury. We provide a range of services that bring people together in a supportive environment helping them on their road to recovery to a life back into the community.
What is a brain injury?
A brain injury can happen to anyone at any time through a blow to the head in an accident, stroke, an assault, a sports injury, brain haemorrhage, brain tumour, meningitis or encephalitis. Your brain controls everything about you – your movement, your thinking, your planning, your personality, your memories, your feelings. If you suffer a brain injury it can affect you in many ways; sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, problems with speech, serious memory loss and restricted mobility.
Typically brain injury survivors and their families talk of feeling “lost and alone” and before Headway was launched in 2006, after the initial acute care survivors were often sent home to recover on their own. Now this is no longer the case and Headway supports over 80 islanders and their families with the services we provide, helping them to rebuild a life that has been shattered. We have celebrated members regain confidence, a sense of worth, mobility, learn to walk again, drive again and on occasions return to work.