How we can help
We provide a range of services for people with brain injuries, family members and carers, and for professionals working with people with brain injuries.
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Community support services
Our specially trained Community Support Workers provide individually tailored care to enable people with brain injuries to live happier and more independent lives.
Our Community Support Workers are experienced in supporting people to access employment and education, providing help with housing issues, and supporting people with tasks such as budgeting and shopping.
Because every client is different, every Community Support programme is different and designed to meet the individual’s particular needs. In the past year, as well as enabling clients to live independently in their own homes, our Community Support Workers have supported clients during fishing trips, on hospital visits, to attend college courses and on social trips.
At our centres people with brain injuries are able to meet new people and take part in activities to help them relearn lost skills and develop new ones. Our centres can also provide valuable respite for carers.
All of our centres are different, but all offer a varied programme of activities including arts and crafts, board games and exercises to improve thinking skills.
The work that goes on at our centres is long-term, and progress for individual clients may takes years, not months. But this never stops clients and staff from looking forward to a bright future.
Support for families and carers
At Headway Devon we recognise the vital role that carers perform and we are committed to ensuring that carers feel well-equipped to perform their role. Our staff team are available on the phone to offer support, information and advice when needed.
All of our services offer valuable respite opportunities for carers. Our long history of working with people with brain injuries and our specialist skills mean that the person you care for will be in safe hands, leaving you free to carry out chores, spend time with friends and family, or simply unwind.
We also run monthly carers drop-in sessions. Ordinarily these take place at the XCentre in Exeter on the first Tuesday of every month, but for now they are taking place on our Carers, Family Members and Friends Facebook group. These sessions are run by our Carers Lead and offer information, support and advice for carers who support someone with an acquired brain injury. The sessions are free to attend and there is no need to register, just come along on the day.
If you would like to refer yourself for carers support, please complete our referral form online here. Our Carers Lead will be in touch.
How to access our services
If you think that Headway Devon might be able to help, it’s easy to make a referral. Our open referral system means that you don’t have to go through a social worker or health professional, simply complete one of our referral forms. The form can be filled in online here or downloaded here. Alternatively, you can call us on 01392 211822 and we can go through it over the phone.
Support for Victims of Crime
The Victim Care Unit is a service run by police to help people deal with and recover from the impact of crime. The service is a single point of contact for victims of crime. If you are a victim of crime then the service can provide an in-depth assessment of your needs and refer you to another organisation which will give you the best support. The service is still available even if your crime is not being actively investigated.
If you are a victim of crime and are using the Victim Care Unit service you will be contacted by a victim care officer. If appropriate, the victim care officer may refer you to Headway Devon so that we can offer support.
To access the Victim Care Unit call 101 or visit https://www.victimcaredevonandcornwall.org.uk/
Professionals working with people with brain injuries
Headway Devon works with a wide range of professionals who come into contact with people with brain injuries, including personal injury solicitors, social workers, medical students and police officers.
If you would like to gain a better understanding of brain injury and its effects, as well as looking at the most effective ways of working with people with brain injuries, you might be interested in attending one of our training courses or our annual conference. For more information email email@example.com.
Refer a client to Headway Devon
If you think that someone you are working with could benefit from Headway Devon’s support, you might like to make a referral. This is easy to do, and we have an open referral system which means we accept referrals from anyone – you don’t have to go through a doctor or social worker. The form can be filled in online here or downloaded here. Alternatively, you can call us on 01392 211822 and we can go through it over the phone.