Suffering a stroke or severe brain injury can have an extreme effect on the lives of a patient and their family, and sometimes it is hard to return to the life they had before.
The dedicated therapists working at Headway in East Suffolk help people regain the skills they need to rebuild their lives after a brain injury. Counsellors also provide emotional support, helping the patients and their carers. National Lottery funding has enabled four fully trained therapists to run physiotherapy clinics and speech and language therapy.
The therapists work on a one-to-one or group basis and run walking groups in the local area to get people out and about. Cooking groups are also provided to ensure everyone feels confident cooking in their own home by teaching them new strategies in order to live and work independently.
The main focus of the project is to reduce the isolation that the people using the service can feel. Many people who use the service have successfully re-joined clubs and have integrated back into social groups. Some have even returned to full-time work.