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During lockdown, we have definitely been making the most of getting to grips with our gardens here at Headway East Kent.

As you will see from all the wonderful photos, some of our talented clients have hand-decorated pots, the Dover group have been having fun with their very own ‘runner bean race’  whilst others are having a competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower…so watch this space and be sure to check back in and see how the ‘growing is going’!

Well, a big hats off to you all!

We had so many fantastic #HatsForHeadway photos sent to us and shared on social media, thank you all!!

With everyone’s support and generosity, £107 was raised as a result.

Here is a selection of some of your wonderful selfies, fantastic job everyone, thank you!

  

 

 

 

Well, we never would have imagined using such technology as Skype in order to run our day centres – but here we are! 6 weeks later and we have all definitely mastered the art of the virtual world!

Ranging from quizzes, singing and relaxation sessions, we have kept connected, and certainly kept those spirits up, and the team have been super proud of all of our Headway members and how they are managing through these unprecedented times.

They have all been very creative with crafts, and messages for others and we love to see it, keep up the great work!

 

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