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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

Birmingham University Brain Injury Research Project

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Headway Shropshire has been approached by Birmingham University to ask if we could make you aware of a research project that they are presently undertaking.


They are developing a questionnaire about the spouse’s/partner’s experience of what happens to relationships after brain injury (e.g. traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumour). The purpose of taking part and completing the questionnaire, is that it can be used to study more effectively what happens to relationships after brain injury.


We have agreed to help the university by making those of you who fit the criteria aware of this research, thereby allowing you the opportunity to take part in it, if you wish.


To be able to take part you need to answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:


·         Are you a husband, wife or partner of someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury in the last 10 years?

·         Did your husband, wife or partner have a stay in hospital for at least a week because of the brain injury?

·         Did you live with your husband, wife or partner for at least 1 year before their injury?

·         Are you still living with your husband, wife or partner?

·         Are you at least 18 years of age?

·         Are you able to fill in a questionnaires written in English?


If you fit the criteria and would like to take part in the survey or would like more information about the research, then please contact:


Natasha Yasmin at NXY428@student.bham.ac.uk Or Gerry Riley at g.a.riley@bham.ac.uk

who are conducting the research.


Natasha will also be attending the next carers group meeting on the 15th September 2016 6.00pm – 7.30pm to talk and explain more about the research. Any carer is welcomed to attend this meeting. If you are interested in coming please let Jamie Jordon-Bailey know by telephoning 01743 365565 or emailing outreach@headwayshropshire.org.uk.

Headway Shropshire Summer Fair

Tuesday, August 02, 2016
The sun came out on Thursday and our Annual Summer Fair was a great success.  It was lovely to see clients and their families as well as people from the surrounding businesses.  Feather Perfect brought along a selection of beautiful birds and lots of people enjoyed a falconry experience.  Shrewsbury Sapphires dance troupe added sparkle to the event with both their tiny tots and adults performing for us.  We are very grateful to everyone that kindly donated raffle prizes and items to sell at the fair.  It was our most successful Summer Fair and we are very grateful to everyone for their support.

Interserve Garden Day

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Headway Shropshire would like to thank the volunteers from Interserve Telford that helped to complete our garden ready for our Summer Fair.  The whole team worked really hard to paint the fences, flower beds, bird feeder and sun dial. Due to the recent weather being perfect for weeds our newly planted vegetable and herb beds needed some care and attention.  The bank adjacent to the path has now been laid with new turf and some climbers have been planted at the top which will cover the wire fence over time.  Our clients were also treated to a wonderful selection of sandwich and cakes which was kindly provided by the team.  

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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

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