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Click on the link below to see our latest newsletter packed with lots of fun articles highlighting what the groups have been up to in the last couple of months, information on the services we are currently offering during the COVID-19 crisis and useful contacts for you all.

Stay safe, stay home and we will keep you updated at things progress.

2020 Spring Newsletter PDF

It has been discussed agreed, we are now pleased to say we are able to offer the following services to ANYONE who needs them during COVID-19, not just our clients who are living with an acquired brain injury, such as a stroke.

Details of the services we are currently providing can be found by clicking the link below.

If you are an existing client and would like to know more about these services and are interested please get in touch with our area manager Jenny on jwalsh@headwayeastkent.org.uk or call on 07860 226682

These services are for our existing day centre clients that would normally attend our day centres.

If you are not currently one of our day centre clients but would like to access these new services, please contact;
Carolyn Wibrew Assessment Officer/Carers Support 07835188078 or email: cwibrew@headwayeastkent.org.uk
who can complete a telephone assessment with you and refer you to Social Services for funding purposes, or you could choose to pay privately.

Being alone doesn’t have to be lonely – we want to help 💙

2020 CLIENT – COVID-19 New services

We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of people in our local community recently with donations of their old smartphones, and for that we thank you.

Our next hurdle, however, is to be able to provide data plans to our clients we have been able to deliver the donated smartphones to, in order to keep connected via our virtual day centres.

We absolutely appreciate many will be having to tighten their purse strings during this current climate, but if you are able to make a donation of any spare change, we would be extremely grateful.

The health and well-being of our clients is our priority, and being able to minimise the feelings of isolation many of us will be experiencing during this period of uncertainty, will make a big difference.

If you are able and would like to help, please contact our Area Manager Jenny on E: jwalsh@headwayeastkent.org.uk or call on 07860 226682

Any donation, no matter how big or small will help with this.

Thank you

The Headway East Kent Team

URGENT APPEAL – PLEASE SHARE

Our physical day centres are no longer open at present. We have worked hard to set up Virtual Day Centres but these can only be accessed by clients who have a smartphone, tablet, laptop.

We aim to ensure no one gets left behind and all of our clients are able to take part in our virtual day centres.

Headway East Kent has been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity so far, but have over 100 clients currently using our service, and it is vital we keep connected during this period of uncertainty.

If you have an acquired brain injury, such as a stroke, and would like to join these new services then please contact us to find out more.

Please contact our area manager via email or call if you are able to help

E:jwalsh@headwayeastkent.org.uk

T: 07860 226682 or 01227 783002

Once again thank you for all your support so far!

*** LET’S STAY CONNECTED****
 
Now that restrictions are tighter and face-to-face communication is being kept to a minimum for everyone’s safety at present, we are looking at ways to keep everyone connected.
 
Would you like to spread a little cheer and connect with others in a similar situation to yourself?
 
Why not volunteer a little of your time and have a chat with a couple of our lovely Headway clients in your area?
Contact our Area Manger via email; jwalsh@headwayeastkent.org.uk or call on 07860 226682
 
For more details please see the poster -we are kindly asking for those who have had DBS checks, this is, as we are sure you can appreciate, for the safety of our clients which is paramount to us.
 
Thank you, everyone, for all your support so far 💙

Press Release – Please read

For over 30 years Headway East Kent has provided Day Centres in East Kent for people with an acquired brain injury. These are safe places for our clients and now, as we watch the COVID 19 events unfold across the UK, we need to take further measures in order to protect our clients. After careful consideration, we have taken the decision to close all 5 Day Centre as of Monday 23 March 2020. This is a decision we have not taken lightly and we do so with great sadness, however, the need to keep everyone safe means we have no other choice.

As you are aware this is a dynamic situation with events changing day to day. We will keep abreast of all new Government announcements and we will reopen the Day Centres when the risk posed to our clients, staff, volunteers and students has been significantly reduced.

If you need any support you can call our Day Centres from Tuesday to Friday between 9 am and 4 pm, where one of the centre facilitators will be happy to talk to you. If you have any out of hours’ enquiries or concerns, please call our Area Manager, Jenny Walsh on 07860 226682 or email jwalsh@headwayeastkent.org.uk.

We thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

As we are sure many of you are aware, measures are being taken in all businesses and organisations to minimise the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The health and well-being of our service users, carers, staff and volunteers is paramount and many do fall into the vulnerable category, 
and so we want to minimise the risk where possible of any chance of the virus being brought into our day centres.

We are of course taking every measure possible to keep the risk to a minimum, following official guidelines we have currently been provided with. It is, for this reason, we feel it appropriate to postpone all public fundraising events, client outings and any public speakers/outside visitors coming to our day centres with immediate effect until we have received official confirmation that the virus risk has been minimised and are able to return to business as usual. This includes the GALA DINNER, AFTERNOON TEA and AGM. For those who have made payments for the Gala dinner or afternoon tea could you kindly contact us via email at folkestone@headwayeastkent.org.uk

We thank you for your understanding and will update you as and when we know more and are able to reschedule our events.

Many thanks
Headway East Kent team

On Tuesday 7th April 2020 three musical supporters have organised a Charity Music Night in aid of us – Headway East Kent!

There will be a variety of music performed ranging from classic pop to acoustic power pop.  This event is open to all and will be held at The Fountain, Seabrook, Hythe from 7:30 – 10:00 pm.

Why not pop along and enjoy an evening out with friends, all while supporting a very worthy local charity.

Thanks, Pete, Nick, Catherine and the Astral Travellers, your support is very much appreciated!

Check out our Christmas newsletter, filled with the latest achievements, celebrations and forthcoming events in December, and into 2020!

Headway East Kent 2019 Christmas Newsletter


On the weekend of 28th & 29th September, Amy Kerley (Canterbury Facilitator), Kevin 
Marlow and Charlie Welch, (both dedicated volunteers also at Canterbury) undertook, 
and successfully completed an Olympic length Triathlon!

It apparently all started several months ago as just an idea, when as a group, they were discussing 
something they could do as a team that would challenge them and allow them to work to their strengths. 
It was thanks to one Canterbury clients suggestion, that they thought it would be a great idea for for 
the trio to take part in a team triathlon. This wasn’t to be any ordinary triathlon though, it would have 
to be an Olympic length triathlon!! Broken down it works out as a 40km (24.8 miles) bike ride, 10km (6.2 miles) 
run and a 1.5km (1 mile) swim.

Thinking that this seemed like a great idea, between the three of them they made the decision that 
Kevin would complete the bike ride, Amy was to undertake the swimming portion of the challenge and 
Charlie opted to tackle the run.  

As we are sure you are aware on the weekend in question the weather was somewhat unpleasant with
strong winds and rain.  So, as we all know, safety comes first. Kevin kept a close eye on the 
weather forecast and made the decision to complete his cycling part of the triathlon on the Saturday, 
making sure he was there to cheer on his team members the following day. 

On Sunday 29th September 2019 the trio successfully completed their Olympic Length Triathlon, and between 
them raised approximately £700 thanks to all their wonderful supporters, friends and family.



Fantastic achievement well done team Tri Tri Tri Again!!! 

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