Our members' work

Every brain injury is different. No one story or experience is the same.

Headway East London’s work always aims to give our members the chance to tell their own story. To share their own unique journey in the hope of educating the public and developing a dialogue that helps celebrate what survivors of brain injury can do, despite the sometimes difficult challenges.

During our 20th celebrations we want to continue this work and reach more people than ever, and we’ll do this in a number of ways.

HEADS & TALES (coming soon)

The toss of a coin. A split section action with vastly different consequences.

Brain injury holds many similarities in this respect. Every injury and effect is unique – with its own challenges, trauma, and achievements.

This campaign looks to capture these discrepancies; to educate the public not only on the physical and emotional challenges that many survivors are left with, but to also celebrate and recognise these survivors as people with goals, talents and stories.

HEADWAY MAGAZINE (coming soon)

To visit the Headway East London day centre is to enter another world; cultures collide and friendships are forged through the most unlikely or surprising circumstances.

Each day is melting pot of activity, sounds and smells; members cooking lunch in the kitchen, enjoying a spot of morning gardening, or cracking on with their next art masterpiece in the studio.

With this activity comes discovery; people uncovering new talents, making new acquaintances or picking up a new perspective.

The magazine will be a snapshot of the community and a celebration of everything which makes Headway East London different. It might not always make sense. But it will always be interesting.


Who are we now? It’s a question many brain injury survivors ask themselves after going through such a life changing episode. For many people they will experience great loss (whether that’s occupation, relationships or skills) and all of these can lead to a questioning of identity. The survivors featured in this project, both in front of and behind the camera, have all grappled with this dilemma - this film is their response.

Working with a volunteer filmmaker, this short was the six month passion project from a large group of members from our day centre. Each frame was planned, written, directed and filmed by survivors of brain injury – reflecting their own personal experiences and presenting it in a truly authentic way which also encourages and celebrates their creative talents.

Musicians, artists, chefs, poets, filmmakers; the film introduces a group of people who have forged new roles for themselves whilst acknowledging the ongoing challenges that remain after brain injury. It also reveals the bonds and friendships that can emerge during this journey; looking to the future together as a community united by one unique experience.