About Us

Headway Oxfordshire is here to improve people’s lives post-brain injury and ensure that families and carers are better able to cope within their caring role.

Established in 1982, Headway Oxfordshire has over 30 years’ history of supporting those affected by acquired brain injury. We understand just how complex living with the condition can be and often how wide-ranging the effects are. This is why we provide individual initial assessments to tailor the support that we offer to meet your needs and aspirations.

Our Activity and Rehabilitation Centre in Kennington offers a range of activities such as Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Arts and Music Therapy and more to enhance socialisation and promote rehabilitation back into everyday community life.

We also offer community support across the whole of Oxfordshire to help those who live in remote areas or cannot access our centre or simply require further support at home.

We actively promote awareness of brain injury by offering training to professionals and by running awareness raising events within schools, colleges and universities.

Our Mission

Headway Oxfordshire aims to:

·         Provide support services to those affected by brain injury (including stroke and some other neurological conditions) across the county of Oxfordshire.

·         Advocate on behalf of those affected by brain injury in relation to local and national strategic initiatives.

·         Provide information on brain injury to those interested parties and promote awareness to the general community at large.

·         Raise funds in support of those affected by brain injury in Oxfordshire.

Our Vision

That everyone in Oxfordshire affected by a brain injury should receive prompt, adequate and personalised advice, information and practical support to assist rehabilitation, maximise recovery and independence.

Every Oxfordshire resident that acquires a brain injury (and/or their carer) will be made aware of our services and have access to our support.

Those affected by brain injury will be supported to adjust to a changed life, be as independent as possible and be able to cope (long term) with their condition.

Our Values

Our ethos will be open, positive and inclusive and will be built on values of respect, equality and fairness. We are committed to equal opportunities practice and ensure that our policies and procedures are not directly, or indirectly, discriminatory.

Accessibility – We will endeavour to provide support services to anyone affected by ABI in Oxfordshire, who is otherwise excluded from statutory service provision due to eligibility criteria.

Purposefulness – Our services will be meaningful and purposeful to meet the needs of those affected by ABI – i.e. they will supplement formal rehabilitation, increase health, wellbeing and independence.

Service User Centred – Service users will be key partners in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of our services and their personal journey through them.

Equality – Headway Oxfordshire will promote equality of those affected by ABI within the community and when engaged with our services. As an employer and service provider we will be inclusive regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, faith or disability and will provide training on equality and diversity as part of our training remit.

Quality – Headway Oxfordshire will ensure that our service provision is of a high quality and seeking to continually improve – in that we will (as a minimum) meet the Headway (UK) standards and contractual requirements associated with grant givers or contracting bodies.

Fairness – All service users and staff will be treated with respect and dignity. Their views will be listened too. Our complaints procedure will be clear and easily accessible. As an employer Headway Oxfordshire are committed to providing a supportive working environment and promoting the personal and professional development of our staff.

Our History

1982

Our Origin

Headway Oxford (like many other charities) was born out of a real world identified need. A small group of 10 people who’s loved one’s were affected by ABI came together once a month to give talks, share experiences and support each other. Before this, no support was available in Oxford for those with brain injury or their carers

1988

Growing Up

Our group evolved into an official Headway group. Headway Oxford (as we were then known) was based within the Rivermead Rehabilitation Centre, in Oxford City. Patients were referred to Headway Oxford by the resident social workers or occupational therapist, to increase socialisation and peer support opportunities.

2002

Moving House

We moved to our present address of Bagley Wood Road, Kennington. The property was a functioning church hall building belonging to the Portsmouth Diocese and we rented a part of the hall and set up a Day Service 3 days per week.

2009

Management

In 2009 our present CEO joined Headway Oxford. This was at a time where there were big changes coming in to play in Adult Social Care and our new CEO knew that the organisation needed to thoroughly reinvigorate, expand it’s support offers and futureproof itself. We set about reviewing all aspects of the organisation, developing new projects and services and recruiting new members to the team. Our landmark Community Support Worker project came in to being, a starting point for a more meaningful and interconnected relationship between the hospitals and community provision for ABI.

2011

Reaching Out

We changed our name from Headway Oxford to Headway Oxfordshire, to better reflect the geographical extent of our developing service provision and support our overall expansion. By this time, our day services were opening to 5 days per week.

2014

Constitutional Change

As Headway Oxfordshire grew and income increased, the CEO and Board felt it prudent to review the constitution. In a bid to better manage risk, protect our Trustee’s and simplify our reporting requirements, we opted to change our constitution to the newly available Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) status.

2015

Buying our first Home

After lengthy negotiation with the Diocese, local parish committee and parishioners, we managed to buy the property we are presently in and expand into all available areas of this site. This gave us the room to significantly increase the numbers of people we could support on a daily basis and make improvements and alterations to the building and the resources within.

2016

Loss of statutory contract and sailing under our own stream

In 2016 Oxfordshire County Council implemented swinging cuts to local services in a bid to save money. Headway Oxfordshire was one of a small number of organisations who had ALL of their statutory contract funding cut. The replacement option for those seeking specialist support for ABI was deemed (by OCC) to be the Personalisation System. Due to the good governance, management and foresight of the organisations senior management team, we had readied ourselves for this challenge and were able to utilise our new found space, resource and professionalised support services to meet the needs of those in receipt of “personal budgets”. This included our new Personal Assistant Service, which was launched in this year.

Major development of our property and resources

Also during this year, Headway Oxfordshire committed a significant amount of our designated reserves (funds specifically raised and reserved for this purpose to the development of the property and the resources and services therein). We added additional buildings to the site, to give us yet more room for breakout groups, team meetings and office space. We improved all of the facilities within the original building, creating a useable kitchen, café, improved reception and toilets etc.

2018

Still Developing and Professionalising our Offer

2018 saw Headway Oxfordshire continuing to develop new resources and professional services with the provision of a new and extremely well resourced specialist gym. The gym was equipped with numerous specialist pieces of equipment that would allow those with significant disability and/or mobility issues to engage in meaningful exercise and physiotherapy.


2020

Response to Covid 19

We were very quick to respond to the lockdown situation, putting in place a host of alternative support services within just 1 week. Digital services that replicated (as best as possible) much of the work of the Activity and Rehabilitation Centre outputs. We provided emergency food parcels to those in need and weekly wellbeing calls to the most vulnerable. Our team were simply fantastic in their commitment and resolve to continue to support our service users.

2021

Further Building Developments and Carbon Reduction

Despite the onset of Covid 19, we invested considerable funds in improving the buildings still further. This included a new highly insulated roof, reskinning and insulating the outer building, new double glazed windows all round, separating the interior space in to distinct areas for Gym and Activity Rooms, improving access and egress and also ventilation. All of these works have improved our ability to meet the needs of individuals whilst still observing social distancing measures and has significantly reduced our carbon footprint as an organisation.

Just like many other charities, we rely on community fundraising to enable us to maintain the high level of care we provide to individuals, their families and carers. You can also view our events.

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