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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

26th March 2020 at 8 pm #clapforourcarers

We hope many of you will join us in taking a minute at 8 pm tonight to show our appreciation and support in thank all those on the frontline working tirelessly to battle COVID-19 for us all.

Those include charities, volunteers, shop assistants, health care workers (at all levels), pharmacists, call centre staff and small businesses etc.

**Please do it from a safe place such as your garden or opening a window DO NOT congregate in a social/public gathering to do this, it can and should be done from the safety of your own home.**

Stay safe everyone – we can beat this!

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 💙

As we are sure you are aware there have been many different pieces of advice being shared about with regards on how to stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak – which can become very confusing. 

Our recommendation is you follow the advice from the NHS website which can be accessed by clicking on the following link; COVID-19 stay at home advice

Here you will find the best-recommended advice and further links to the 111 coronavirus service and getting medical help from home.

Stay safe, and where possible stay at home, this will help keep you safe and help the fight to stop the spread.

Thank you

The Headway East Kent Team

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

Oh yes, it’s ladies night…and oh what a night it was! A fantastic night full of fun and laughter and lots of bargains!

Back by popular demand we once again held our third (and by far the best to date) Ladies Night at Folkestone on Friday 6th March 2020.  With 60+ guests in attendance, corks were certainly popping and glasses were clinking!

We kicked off the night with an auction of a wide selection of new and preloved designer ladies wear – swiftly followed by the bargain rails being unveiled! 

Thank you to all our wonderful guests for your support, for all those who so generously donated the amazing items for the event, and to all who helped give their time to help set up and model – as a result we raised an incredible £2,163.20 cheers 🥂 ladies.

See you in November!