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Headway Shropshire Summer Newsletter 2017

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Survive the Wild 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Join the ULTIMATE CHALLENGE in aid of Headway Shropshire!

Survive for 24 hours in the wild in a new challenge made to excite and push you to become stronger, daring and push you out of your comfort zone!

Trek in the Peak District, jump into rivers and try activities you never have before.
Become a Bear Grylls of your own in the one adventure you cannot miss.

Set in the Peak District in some of the toughest terrain the UK has to offer, the challenge will start at 10am on Saturday 13 May and finish at 4pm on Sunday 14 May.

An event ideal for individuals who want to push themselves and teams who want to be stronger, work together and learn to help others to achieve the ultimate goal.


Where: Dark Peak, Peak District
When: 13th-14th of May (Saturday and Sunday)
Pledges: You must commit to fundraise a minimum of £300 as an individual or £3000 as a team (of maximum 10 people).
How much: £30 per person for individuals, £300 per team

…and now for the fun part…

What will I be doing?

  • Grade 1 to 2 rock scrambling
  • Abseil 150ft into a quarry
  • Cliff Jump into water from 30ft
  • Navigate tunnels and cave systems
  • Ghyl scrambling
  • Waterfall descent
  • Wild camping
  • Outdoor Cooking – Food from the land
  • Trekking

This first Survive the Wild challenge is being offered jointly by three local Headway charities – Headway Shropshire, Headway Birmingham & Solihull and Headway Worcestershire. By taking part, you will be helping your local group raise both awareness for the vital work we do and much-needed funds towards our specialist brain injury services.

Reserve your place today to avoid disappointment!

Quick FAQs

What’s included in the cost of the challenge?

  • Full safety team
  • Transport throughout the Challenge
  • Parking at Dark Peak in the Peak District
  • Group first aid
  • All meals
  • Challenge finishers T-shirt and medal

What isn’t included?

  • Snacks
  • Personal insurance
  • Transport to Dark Peak

Will I need any equipment?
A full kit list will be sent out once teams/individuals have registered. Sleeping bags, rucksacks and camping mats are required. All safety equipment including helmets, harnesses and wet suits are provided.

I have to drop out of the challenge/I have not fund-raised the pledged amount.
If you have to drop out or have not raised the pledged amount before the day of the event you will be require to complete a payment that covers the expenses the charity has paid for your spot.

Why do I have to pledge to fund-raise?
One place costs us approximately £130 per participant, making the rest of the pledge pure donations for our local charity. The money you fund-raise will not only help us in our mission to improve life after brain injury, but it can also help you get better quality food, sleep or other perks during your challenge. The highest fundraiser or group will benefit of these perks, so it’s in your own interest to increase your fundraising efforts!

Can I not pay the entire cost of the ticket?
Unfortunately running charitable activities means that we need further funding to ensure the people affected by brain injury receive the services we provide. Your fundraising is what will help us achieve our charitable goals and we cannot accept just the full cost of the ticket.

What happens if I do not fund-raise the pledged amount?
You will be given fundraising support from our Headway all the way through, to ensure that doesn’t happen. If for some reason the target is not achieved, we will be in touch with you. We reserve the right to offer your space to another participant.

How will I pay?
Your initial payment of £30 will be via bank transfer or via cheque. The details can be found on the Registration form.

Headway Shropshire Job Vacancies

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Name of Post:                       Community Care/Support Worker


Office Base:        Headway Shropshire, Oxon Business Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 5HJ.


                                    (Working throughout the Shropshire &Telford area)


Salary:                         £7.50 per hour unqualified

                                    £8.34 per hour – Level 2 QCF/NVQ Health and Social Care (Adults)

                                    £8.50 per hour – Level 3 QCF/NVQ Health and Social Care (Adults)


Hours of work:         Full Time and Part Time positions available.

Monday-Sunday inclusive.

Flexible: Additional hours may be required.


Annual Leave:         28 days pro rata


Accountable to:        Registered Manager


Revision of Job        The Job Description can be reviewed following consultation between the post‑holder and the Registered Manager           


Job Summary:          MUST be car owner/driver


To provide care and support to people with an Acquired Brain Injury, thereby enabling them to live within their own communities and to empower them to live as independently as possible.

                                    You will become part of the highly regarded ABICS (Acquired Brain Injury Care and Support) Team, which prides itself in providing a first class, personalised service for our clients.


Additional Information:


Excellent Annual Leave allowance

30p per mile. We pay mileage and travel time between clients.


Main Duties


            To carry out individual programmes with clients based on clients’ needs and strengths.


            To attend to clients’ personal care needs as they arise.


            To assist with keeping clients homes clean.


            To maintain individual client records.


            To assist clients with daily living skills (cooking, cleaning, shopping, budgeting).


            To assist clients with mobility and exercise.


            To initiate activities with individual clients.


            To plan activities and provide structure and choices with clients


            To keep the ABICS Registered Manager and Chief Executive fully informed of any issues arising for clients.


            To offer emotional support to clients.


            To identify risk and risk assess situations.


            To liaise with other organisations and agencies when necessary.


Additional Duties



            To contribute to review meetings about clients.


            Any other duties as reasonably required by the organisation.


            Undertake training as deemed necessary by the Chief Executive.



To apply please send your C.V. and covering letter to Kerry Lord at


Headway Shropshire

Holsworth Park,

Oxon Business Park,




Or email





Person Specification






  •   Car owner/driver

 - First Aid qualification or willing to work towards NVQ II or III in Health & Social Care





  • - Must be able to assist clients with personal care and mobility if required (including clients who use wheelchairs)



  • - Working with people with disabilities in either a professional or voluntary capacity.






  • - Ability to communicate in a professional capacity and retain confidential information.


  •  - Ability to complete forms and reports.




Personal Qualities:

- Able to take initiative and to organise and motivate individuals.
  • - Able to work unsupervised.
  • Patient.
  • - Must be able to organise others and themselves, especially with daily living skills (to enable clients to cook, wash, budget etc.)
    • - Common Sense


  •   - Out‑going personality.
  •   - Good social skills.
  •   - Sense of humour.
  •   - Good listener.
  •   - Competent literacy.
  •   - Caring nature.



Essential criteria will need to be evidenced before offer of employment.


Due to the nature of the work being with vulnerable adults any person appointed will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Scheme enhanced check.

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 19, 2016

Everyone at Headway shropshire would like to wish you a



Winter Newsletter 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mince Pie Morning

Monday, November 21, 2016

Please show your Support for


and organise a


3rd to 10th December 2016

The event can be held in your home with family and friends or at work with your colleagues.

Are you a member of a local group and can organise a Mince Pie Morning in your community.

Please contact Jo on 01743 365271 or email jo@headwayshropshire.org.uk
for posters for your event or for more information.

All money raised will be used locally in our Headway Shropshire
Rehabiliation Centre for clients with an Aquired Brain Injury

Headway Shropshire Calendar 2017

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Headway Shropshire have produced their first Calendar ready for 2017.  Each page features an amazing recipe for you to cook each month.  There is something for everyone from a warm Pumpkin Soup to Stuffed Chicken Breast or Lamb Kofte followed by Chocolate Orange Bread and Butter Pudding. 

Calendars can be purchased direct from our Headway Shropshire Office in Shrewsbury for just £5.  All money will be used to provide activities for our clients in our Rehabilitation Centre. 

You can also find the calendar in the Charity Christmas Card Shop at St Mary's Church in Shrewsbury, which opens on Friday 21st October until the start of December, the shop is open 10.15am to 4pm Monday to Saturday.  The shop will also stock a great range of Headway Shropshire Christmas Cards.  Our team will be volunteering on Monday afternoons so why not pop in and say hello.

University of Birmingham Research Project - Partner with a Brain Injury

Tuesday, October 11, 2016



We are looking for people to take part in a research project about relationships following brain injury.


What is the research about?

How wives/husbands/partners of someone with a brain injury feel about their relationship following the injury, and how this has an impact on how they understand and manage difficult situations that may arise with their spouse/partner.


What will you have to do?

  • Meet with the researcher (myself) for between 45 and 75 minutes
  • Meet at a time and date suitable to you
  • Meet at a convenient and private location, such as your home or a local support/carer organisation  
  • Complete a questionnaire and answer some questions


Am I eligible to take part?

You can take part in this research if you answer ‘yes’ to all of the following questions:

  • Does your wife/husband/partner have a brain injury (including traumatic brain injury (head injury), stroke (including haemorrhagic strokes), brain tumours, brain infections (e.g. encephalitis) and anoxic brain injury (i.e. brain has been starved of oxygen such as by drowning))
  • Did you live together before the brain injury?
  • Are you still living together?
  • Were you in a relationship for at least 5 years prior to the brain injury?
  • Did your wife’s/husband’s/partner’s brain injury happen at least 9 months ago?
  • Did your wife’s/husband’s/partner’s brain injury happen less than 10 years ago?


I am interested, what do I do next?

Please contact Hayley by email: hsk478@bham.ac.uk or telephone:

07809 111 567 (message may be left on answerphone). Please provide your:

  • Telephone number
  • Email or postal address

Further information about the project will be sent after receiving your request.


With many thanks,

Hayley Keeble, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Birmingham

Supervised by Gerry Riley, University of Birmingham

School of Psychology

Frankland Building

University of Birmingham

Edgbaston, B15 2TT

         Tel: 07809111567

Email: HSK478@bham.ac.uk


Autumn Newsletter 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Autumn Newsletter 2016

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Headway Shropshire

Holsworth Park

Oxon Business park



United Kingdom


Tel:   01743 365565

Fax:  01743 365563

Email: admin@headwayshropshire.org.uk

Headway Shropshire is a Registered Charity (No. 1100376) and is a Company Limited by Guarantee

(No. 4884834) registered in England.