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Headway Wearside aims to provide information, support and social activities for brain injury survivors, their families and their carers in the Sunderland area.

July 2016

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.

  august 2016

sept 2016



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

Halloween Social

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 kim.hunter@headwaywearside.org.uk

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.

Click here for timetable

Click here for more information


Click here for Activity Calender

       Summer 2014

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.


Thank you.




May 2014

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










March 2014

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.


Click Here to see more pictures



January 2014

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

December 2013

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.

Well done

Pictures to follow


October 2013

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

September 2013

New premises.

We have recently moved to our new premises. Click here to see a map

September 2012

New Worker

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.

May 2009

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.

June 2009

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.

HEADWAY WEARSIDE, ST Mary and St Peters Community Project, Springwell Road, Sunderland, SR3 4DY, Tel 0191 522 7113 / 07830346985, Charity Number  1140910 (MAP here)