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Headway Black Country

Headway Black Country offers a range of support services to adult survivors of acquired brain injury and to their families and carers. These services seek to support well-being and independence and help both survivors and their families adjust to and manage the often complex effects of brain injury.

Acquired brain injury (ABI) covers all situations in which brain injury has occurred since birth. It includes traumatic brain injury (TBI), tumour, stroke, brain haemorrhage, encephalitis, to name a few.

Our approach, for survivors and carers, combines specialist knowledge and understanding of brain injury with activities and services that enable recovery, independence, understanding and learning. In this way we can support the independence and well-being of those affected and help prevent or delay the need for intervention by more intensive services.

We provide the following services to adults affected by ABI across the Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton) with locations at Dudley, Willenhall and West Bromwich:

• Outreach Support – working within hospitals serving the Black Country and with survivors and families through home visits.
• Advice Services – with our partner Citizens Advice Dudley, to offer fast track support on a range of practical financial and other matters.
• Counselling – to assist survivors and their carers with the emotional consequences
• Specialist Brain Injury Life Skills Service – offering a wide range of Life Skills sessions for survivors supporting rehabilitation, independence and social opportunity
• Carer Support, Peer Support and Social Groups – informal groups to facilitate peer to peer support and social opportunities
• Information and publicity – to survivors, families, carers and professionals
• Advocacy and signposting to services not provided by ourselves