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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!


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

T: 07860 226682 or 01227 783002

Once again thank you for all your support so far!

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; 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

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

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!



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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