Headway East London offers services to brain injury survivors, their families and carers. These include our Day Service, neurological therapies, community support work, advice, advocacy and family support. As the effects of brain injury are long-term, so is our support.

Day Service

Our Day Service, based at Headway House in Hackney, is a community which helps people make the most of their skills, abilities and interests.

The centre is open Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm for 48 weeks of the year, offering activities, outings and therapies, as well as professional and peer support. It also acts as a base for our other services. All members of Headway House have an assigned key worker who is responsible for their overall activity programme and personal plan.

To become a member you will need to complete a Referral Form, have funding secured and have an assessment with one of the staff at the Headway House.

Membership of the Day Service lasts as long as you need it to and as long as funding can be secured.

You can download a factsheet on our Day Service here and see the results of our 2018-19 Satisfaction Survey here.


Preparing for our daily lunch club

"I love this kitchen. It’s simple, it’s not hard for people with brain injury. The biggest thing I've learnt is unity. People work together. I do enjoy it a lot." - HEL member

Food is an integral part of our day, encouraging and supporting survivors of brain injury to learn or re-learn life skills and work together. Members help run a lunch club Monday to Friday, feeding everyone at our centre. We also run baking groups and support members to bring in and develop their own recipes to share.

Our Supper Club 'Headway EATS' treats diners to an evening of delicious, seasonal food; cooked by, served and eaten alongside Headway East London members, families, carers and friends. The event also welcomes members to share their talents for art, music and storytelling in a comfortable environment.

The garden

Our garden runs the full length of Headway House along Regent’s Canal. This provides a peaceful setting for members to relax and socialise outdoors. As well as growing herbs and veg for the kitchen, we have built a cob oven which we use in the summer months. We also host public and private events throughout the year such as our annual family day. 


Our Tuesday choir in action

There are regular music groups in Headway House, where both staff, volunteers and members play and perform together. Our musicians have performed at many events and venues including Headway supper clubs and art exhibitions, the Regional Neurological Rehab Unit in Homerton Hospital and The Proud Archivist. We have also started our own SoundCloud account - showcasing the talents of our musical members.

Young People's Group

One of our recent graffiti projects

We also welcome a group of young adults over 18 and living with a brain injury to our centre each week (usually Fridays). Using peer support, this group lead activities suiting their interests. Recent examples include graffiti workshops, photography projects, skiing, kayaking, sailing and animation workshops.They form part of the community at Headway House, and have access to all activities and services as a member here. 

Writing Projects

Our members come from all over London and have lived extraordinary lives. Who Are You Now? is a writing project that captures some of these life stories. Members, staff and volunteers also regularly contribute to our blog - sharing their interests and experiences. 


A collaborative portrait painting by our members

"The art studio is peaceful, it’s creative. It’s all the things I want in order to have some sanity." - HEL member

Submit to Love Studios at Headway East London is about creativity, collaboration and communication. We encourage both those with natural artistic inclinations and those with little previous experience to explore visual arts. Many have lost previous abilities so discovering a new skill is a great confidence booster and can reinforce the healing process.