Headway Wearside aims to provide information, support and social activities for brain injury survivors, their families and their carers in the Sunderland area.
We apologise for the lack of updates on our website. We are in the process of developing a new site whch we hope will be up and running soon giving you up to date activities, events, news and information.
Should you be unable to find what you are searching for please feel free to contact the office on 0191 522 7113
Please click on the link below for our latest activity list.
Christmas Meal 2014
Couples in the Corner
Andry and Gillian Darren and Elsa
Having a good time !!!!
New friends and Colleagues
Jigsaw - completed just in time for
The last piece of the puzzle was finally put in place today Monday 27th October at aprox 11.45 am .
Headway Wearside group have spent many hours completing their first jigsaw. A piece here, a piece there , a true Team Effort to complete before the Halloween Get to gether, to be held on
Thursday 30th October
1pm - till dark in
The Activity Room
Anthony has spent many hours in the activitiy room finally placed the last piece.
Road Tax Disc
What have you done with your old Tax Disc Holder, Lets hope you havent taken it off yet, Before you do why not print out our Disc and display in your old Holder.
its a great way to let the world see that you Support Headway Wearside
Aromatherapy Week 3
Some of the members and visitors at the Aromatherapy session today.
I know it looks like they are making something to eat, but no they are making soap, laced with essential oils.
If you are a survivor, carer or family member and would like to know more about our range of activity sessions then please contact us. 0191 522 7113 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Get Ready for October
Our Theme for the month is Wartime and Poppies, We have several events over the month so why not come along and find out more about wartime cooking, drawing painting and making poppies ready for rememberence day in November.
October 30th Wartime and Halloween social.. join us for cooking session followed by fun and games.
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During the summer we have been out and about raising awareness of the importance of wearing cycle helmets.
Out of Hours GP Services - Are these important to you?
Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is in the process of commissioning (buying) a new GP Out of Hours Service.
To ensure that the new service meets the needs of patients who have either accessed the service, or may access the service in the future, the CCG would like to gain your views.
Your support in completing the short survey would be very much appreciated.
Unveiling of the Community Mural
Paul Brown [Thompsons solicitors] spoke at our open day.
Tony charles and Bob Heads were speakers on the day Have a look what they and community Artist Chris Hollis had to say at the unveiling of the community mural
Jan - March 2014
Planning, drawing and painting the community mural
Look ahead in the North 2014
This weekend members of Headway Wearside met up with more than 100 people from Headway groups and branches from the North East and Beyond. The yearly Look ahead in the North event to Calvert Trust in Keilder.
The weekend long event gave members the opportunity to make new friends and to take part in a range of outdoor activities, including low and high ropes, Archery, Climbing, Abseiling, crate stacking.
Indoor Activities were also very popular and included, card making, relaxation therapies, mindfulness workshops and wii bowling.
Evening entertainment included worst shirt competition, quiz competing for the The Steve McAleese
Memorial Shield and a Ceilidh band.
There were also raffles, tombolas and cake selling throughout the weekend.
Here are a few pictures of friends from around the region
enjoying the activities.
Can you see anyone you know?
Arts and crafts room -10 am - 11pm Wii Bowling Competition [Go Team Aiden]
A visit to Keilder Bird of Prey Centre.
More pictures and Video to follow over the next few weeks. If you attended the event and would like to have some of your pictures on the website please contact us at Headway Wearside.
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Headway Wearside would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.
New programme of activities.
Click here for members Activity Timetable
Why not come along and join us for Relaxation Therapies, Guest Speakers or just to catch up for a cuppa and a chat.
Artistic You. Our pilot project was a fantastic success, we have thefore decided to roll out the programme to weekly sessions. Held every Tuesday afternoon 1-3 pm at St Mary and St Peters Community Project Springwell Road, SR3 4DY
Click here for dates and times of Artistic You Sessions
Boxing Day Dip - December 26th 2013
Paul Brown from Thompsons Solicitors and Karina Greenhalgha local Carer took part in the Boxing Day Dip at Seaburn Beach.
Together they have raised over £600 for headway Wearside.
Pictures to follow
New Workshops Start
"Artistic You" a new fornightly workshop atarts with sessions facilitated by Local Artist Chris Hollis.
Click here to view what we have been doing at each session Artistic You
Click here to visit his website
We have recently moved to our new premises. Click here to see a map
A Community Development Officer starts to further develop Headway Wearside and its services.
Activities/ Members Group
A regular activities session was developed and held at Sandhill Centre, where members and their families take part in a range of activities, events and outings.
History of Headway Wearside
In June 2006
Alastair White Regional Co-ordinator for Headway held some investigative meetings looking at the possibility of forming a steering group with the remit of creating Headway Sunderland. Although there was a significant uptake with regards to the activities that Alastair White was facilitating, there was a reluctance to take things forward structurally.
Seeing the need to support this group, WearAble, a disability support group started to facilitate this group of brain injury survivors, and carers. This group became known as BIG Sunderland. Alastair White kept in contact with WearAbles development worker Kim Hunter to monitor the progress of the group. During this time, Paul Brown of Thompsons Solicitors was also keeping in contact with the group.
Paul Brown contacted Alastair White with regards to looking again at creating a Headway presence in the Sunderland area. Alastair White then contacted Kim Hunter to take this further, and as the funding for WearAble was coming to an end, it seemed that the creation of a Headway branch [Headway Wearside] would be seen as a natural progression for the BIG Sunderland Group.
Following the formation of a steering group the transition from BIG was achieved.
24th November 2009
Headway Wearside was formally established at a high profile launch by the Mayor of Sunderland at the Sunderland Football Club’s Stadium of Light in Sunderland with over 120 people in attendance.