20 years of Headway

Thursday 12th March 1998. Headway East London first opened its doors with just one staff member, a single volunteer and three brain injury survivors. Operating out of a spare room at a disability centre, the charity starts life as a modest operation in an area of London crying out for more support for brain injury survivors.


The next few years flash by: welcoming new friends and saying goodbye to others, moving premises, expanding services, battling austerity and the lack of understanding aboutbrain injury, and hosting more than a few celebrations.

Fast forward to today. The charity now works with and supports around 650 brain injury survivors and family members a year; offering therapies, advice and advocacy, community and family support, and a day service that welcomes over 170 members each week. We’re pursuing more creative projects than ever, and look forward to what should be our most successful year yet.

There have been many changes to get to where we are now. But our vision remains the same as it was in 1998: to build a society where people with brain injury are valued, respected and able to fulfil their potential to lead full, active lives.

To mark our 20th birthday, we have planned a series of events, celebrations & fundraising challenges and we need your help. We are nothing without the support of our staff, trustees, volunteers, members, families, corporate partners and fundraisers; and this year, as we aim to push our work and growth even further, we are calling on our extended Headway family to join us. Let’s create positive change together!