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Building Better Opportunities at Headway Shropshire

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Headway Shropshire is taking part in a Building Better Opportunities Work Placement Project which is being joint funded by The Big Lottery and The European Social Fund.

The project is available for people who are unemployed or economically inactive and the aim is to improve Participants employability within the care sector by completing a 12 week work placement, Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 3.30pm (flexibility available) within our Rehabilitation and Reablement Centre. Participants will have an opportunity to:

          1. ·    Learn new skills
·    Gain experience and knowledge
·    Build on their confidence

·    As well as undertaking training related to Health and Social care.

During the 12 weeks Participants will work alongside our experienced and qualified support staff as well as having a dedicated mentor overseeing the project. Participants will learn valuable skills and experience within the care sector by:

  • ·  Completing all necessary paperwork
  • ·  Completing E-Learning in 10 different subjects
  • ·  Delivering Person Centered Care
·  Supporting Clients in activities within the Rehab Centre
·  Delivering Personal Care

The project started on the 18th of January 2017 and will carry on taking five participants for 12 week placements throughout the next couple of years.

For more information or to take part in the project please contact:

Harriet Beardsley

Hattie.beardsley@headwayshropshire.org.uk

01743 365271


The project has received funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014/2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.  For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.


Headway Shropshire Volunteers

Monday, June 06, 2016

At headway Shropshire we are very fortunate to have some amazing volunteers who dedicate their time and skills to our charity every week throughout the year.  This week is Volunteers Week 1-12 June and as a thank you we have taken our volunteers out to lunch this afternoon.

Headway Shropshire Garden Project

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Headway Shropshire garden has had a make over with help from a team of volunteers from BT and Nikki from Top Notch Gardens. A bank of earth has been removed to widen the pathway to the top of the garden, all fences and rails have been painted, a fence has been built at back of garden, weeding of paved areas and planting of herbs, vegetable and trees. The garden now looks amazing and can be enjoyed by the clients at the centre throughout the year.



We are very grateful to all the local businesses who donated all the item to enable the project to go ahead.

Love Plants at Salop Leisure

Woodland Timber

The Plant Centre, Ludlow

Top Notch Nurseries

Boys Boden, Shrewsbury

Travis Perkins

Wickes

Powys & Marches Stone Supplies

Severn Trent


 

Through the Eyes of a Volunteer

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Find out what it’s REALLY like to be a volunteer in the Rehabilitation Centre here at Headway Shropshire as Michael, one of our fundraisers, talks to Sally, a long-serving volunteer in the Headway Shropshire Rehabilitation Centre...



So Sally, how long have you been a volunteer at Headway Shropshire?


I think it’s 17 years this year.


And what sort of things have you done here?


Well, we used to come in and do everything – anything – you know, if washing up needed doing, and then it was suggested ‘Well why don’t we use your talents?”, so I do cognitive work because I was a primary school teacher – reading; I’m not so hot on the numbers, so it’s mostly reading, and cognitive exercises, that sort of thing. And at the moment I’ve have two clients that I work with one morning each week.


One is aphasic, so he has difficulties reading and talking; and the other one reads very well, but her sight’s been poor, and she doesn’t remember it, so she’s got memory problems but she can read very well in fact.


So do you find that you tend to read the same things more than once to help it sink in?


Well, my one client’s reading though a favourite series of books at the moment. She just wants to re-read them all because she’s read them before, but doesn’t remember any of them. But she’s getting better at remembering, because I’ll go back two or three pages, ‘Oh yes’, she says, ‘I remember that, and then he does so-and-so’, and I say ‘So you see you ARE beginning to remember’.


As for the other client I work with, he has great difficulty with speaking and gets very frustrated, and I’ll say things like ‘Well, try and go round a different way, instead of trying to do it the way you’re doing it’, and it works sometimes.


We also chat quite a lot of the time. His wife’s got a book that she sends with him, where she writes down what he’s done during the week, so it’s something to talk about from home, which I think is good.


So over time then, do you notice a progression?


Well there certainly has been with him, yes. When he first came he stood and watched for ages, but I’ve noticed we have another chap who comes along who has a similar problem, and they are now talking to each other, and a year ago they weren’t. So he’s more relaxed.


You say a year ago they weren’t talking to each other?


Not in the way they are now.


Is that the timescale you find is common for seeing progression?


No, everybody’s different you see, it’s very difficult to put a timing on anything, because every brain injury is different.


So from the clients’ point of view, what would you say are the main benefits of coming here?


I would think a lot of it is social, to start with anyway, because some of our clients are living alone, or they’ve got problems at home, and I think the social side is very important. I used to say to the manager here, ‘I haven’t done much today’ and she’d said, ‘Yes you have – social interaction’, and that’s just as important. Often if clients don’t feel like doing any activities, they still want to have chats, especially if they’ve no-one at home to chat to, and even if they’ve got a wife or a husband they’re probably out anyway, so they’re on their own all day.


Do you find you have to push the clients much to get them involved in doing things?


No, you can’t do that. You can’t make clients do things. It often comes from them, when they want to do something like reading or something like that. Then the volunteer organiser will approach me and say how about doing something with so-and-so, and I’ll say ‘yes, fine’ and we go from there.


There was one chap, he’d never painted. His wife was an artist, and he said, ‘Oh no, I just do the frames’ (because I think he was a joiner or carpenter). He’d never painted before and yet he did the most beautiful watercolours, which is one of the most difficult things to do, and I thought, if he hadn’t come to Headway, he’d never have done that.


Apart from the activities, do you think on the social side that confidence increases as people attend?


Yes, I think it does, as people get to know each other. There’s a chap who comes on a Tuesday, and I can remember his face when he came in, as if to say ‘What on earth am I doing here?’ So you find at first that some people have a hard time accepting it, but he soon settled in!


And what can you say to people to give them comfort and support in that situation?


It’s difficult. We talk, and I’ll say, ‘What happened to you?’ and ‘What did you do before?’ and things like that. And then I can say, ‘Well, you’ve done that, and nobody can take that away from you.’


What’s the most rewarding thing about being a volunteer at Headway?


I think making friends really. There are a lot of lovely people. Not everybody gets on with everybody else; that’s life. It is rewarding when you see improvements, like when a client says, ‘I can’t remember a thing I read last week’ and then she starts reading and she says ‘Oh yes, I DO remember this!’ and you think – well things are beginning to improve. There’s always something, or you make someone laugh, that sort of thing.


What sort of advice would you give to someone if they are thinking of becoming a volunteer at Headway Shropshire?


Well one thing I would say is – do it, and don’t come and go, because we’ve had people who have come and not stayed, which is difficult for the clients, because they really like continuity.


Also, one of the problems with aphasia, which a lot of brain-injured people have, is that if they’re around people who are talking like we are, by the time they’ve got it sorted in their heads, you’re onto the next thing! So it’s important to speak more slowly, leave pauses. You have to think about that.


And how do you see things developing here in the future?


Well, more money is always needed. But it’s really nice to see that the atmosphere in the building is positive and happy, and that’s something that has survived despite all the challenges and changes over the years.


Well, thanks Sally for your time and for a very detailed insight into Headway Shropshire “through the eyes of a volunteer”.

Do you have what it takes to be a Volunteer?

Friday, May 15, 2015

What We Offer


At Headway Shropshire, our volunteers enjoy the unique and fulfilling experience of working with brain-injured people. It’s a volunteering opportunity like no other.


If you want to give something back and contribute to our work with people who have acquired brain injuries, here are some of the things that you might become involved in as a volunteer:


  • - Helping out with activities where we have a need, such as painting with client, assisting in the woodwork room, helping a client to cook a meal in our kitchen.
  • - Playing board games or helping with reading.
  • - Engaging our clients in conversation or spending time listening to someone.


We will never expect you to carry out tasks like first aid, personal care or moving & handling – our specialist staff is always on hand take care of those things.


What We Need From You


First of all, we can only accept adult volunteers over 18 years of age. Secondly, we can’t accept clients or their relatives as volunteers because, as you will understand, we need to protect the confidentiality of our other clients.


Secondly, our brain-injured clients need continuity. They need to know that you will be there for them on the same day each week. For our clients, many of whom live alone, our Rehabilitation Centre is a real lifeline. It hits them hard when a volunteer comes for a week or two and then leaves just when they’re getting to know each other. 


For these reasons, we always ask for a commitment that is fair to our clients:


- You’ll work at the Rehabilitation Centre from 10am until 3pm on an agreed day each week.
- You’ll commit to at least three months with us.


If that sounds good to you, take a look at how to make it happen:


The Process


The first step is to get in touch! Then, a member of staff will call you to check a few of the basics, for example that you are an adult and can make a commitment to three months, one day each week between 10am-3pm. If all is well, we’ll then agree a date and time for you to come in and see our Rehabilitation Centre where all of our volunteering work takes place.


During the visit, we’ll talk you through everything and show you around.


After the visit, we encourage you to wait a little while to consider carefully whether this kind of volunteering role is for you.


If you still want to go ahead, there’s a little paperwork to do. We’ll ask you to complete an application form and provide two character references. You will understand that we have to protect our vulnerable clients.


If your application and references are OK, we will arrange for you to make a start!


You will get all the support you need so that you can give of your best!

We Need Volunteers Right Now!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Headway Shropshire Rehab Centre offers activities for people with an Acquired Brain Injury and it’s these activities that make a real difference to the quality of rehabilitation that we can offer. Volunteers play a vital role in helping us to provide the activities that our clients need, whether it’s artwork, games, reading or simply engaging in conversation. 

Volunteering at Headway is fulfilling, rewarding and fun – you get to see the results of your work in the faces of the people you are helping.  
We need more volunteers right now. Can you help?

We are looking for volunteers who:

- Are aged at least 18 because of the complex needs of our clients  
- Can make a regular commitment to work in the Rehabilitation Centre between 10am and 3pm, on the same day each week, for at least three months  
- Can work as part of a team  
- Are sociable and positive  
- Will respect disabled people’s identity, individuality and confidentiality  
- Will abide by our policies and procedures  



We can offer you:

- A unique and fulfilling volunteering experience  
  • - The opportunity to learn about Acquired Brain Injury  
  • - A friendly, welcoming and fun environment  
  • - Travel expenses up to £15.00 per week  

 

To safeguard our clients, all volunteers are interviewed, complete an application form and provide two character references. If you would like to volunteer at Headway Shropshire please phone on 01743 365271(Monday-Friday 9.00am-4.30pm) or email: volunteers@headwayshropshire.org.uk 


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Headway Shropshire

Holsworth Park

Oxon Business park

Shrewsbury

Shropshire

United Kingdom

SY3 5HJ

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.