Support Us

Headway East London's range of essential services is reliant on the generosity, dedication and imagination of our supporters.

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Parallel London 2017

Become a Friend

Friends of Headway East London are people who support the charity by making a regular donation.

By becoming a  Friend you will not only help fund the services we provide but you will also become an important part of the Headway East London Community.

Friendship at HEL

“Headway East London is a community where people come to be with friends that they have made there. You cannot tell the staff from the volunteers or members - it is certainly not an ‘us and them’ establishment, which adds to its atmosphere.” Volunteer


All Friends will receive:

  • A welcome pack & Submit to Love pin badge designed by a member
  • Regular recipes from our kitchen and updates from the centre 
  • Invitation to join us for lunch cooked by members at the centre
  • Early bird invitation to supper events Headway EATS


Whether it's signing up for a sponsored challenge or holding your own event, fundraising is a fantastic way to support Headway East London and can be a great personal achievement. Events are taking place all around the UK; from fun runs to skydives, there’s something to suit everyone!

Sponsored challenges

Team HEL Parallel 2017

Have you always thought about running a marathon? Or perhaps cycling is more your thing? 

From dancing to diving, check out our range of exciting fundraising events for you to get involved in this year!


It costs £90 for a member to attend Headway East London each day. We are asking supporters to think of any way they can to raise £90 with the aim to raise enough for a whole year for one member! How about making and selling arts and crafts, baking cakes and keeping silent for a day?! Click on the link below to start fundraising for the campaign.

Other ways to fundraise

From donating a percentage of your eBay sales to Headway East London, handing in your old mobile phones and foreign and old currency - even online shopping can help us raise valuable funds! Check out some of the options below...

Fundraising Tips

If you need any help or support with your fundraising our Fundraiser, Rosy, is available for tips and advice or to simply chat about ideas and inspirations. You can give her a call on 020 7749 7790, or email her at

Headway East London Shop

In 2017 we opened our first online shop, selling gift products and merchandise which has been designed by our members. All profits go back into the charity - helping to support more people affected by brain injury.

What's for sale?

We have a great range of items on sale including:

  • Greeting cards
  • Tote bags
  • Badges
  • Notebooks
  • Oyster / travel card holders

We sometimes also stock limited handmade items made in our art studio workshops (including handprinted tea towels and notebooks). 

Shop now

Find the full list of products and make your purchase on our Etsy shop linked below. 

If you're looking for something in particular or have any questions about our products you can email the art studio on

Corporate Partnerships

Headway East London are lucky enough to work with a number of corporate partners. A great deal of our success is thanks to the strength of these partnerships. Click here to view a list of a corporate supporters and discover the ways to get involved below...


A past Art Exhibition at Barclays, Canary Wharf

Sponsoring one of Headway East London's exciting projects and events can help enhanced corporate image and customer awareness and well as providing positive PR and to relevant new and shared audiences.

Some of the options available include Supper Clubs, Occupational Projects and even Christmas Parties! If you would be interested in sponsoring something, please contact Rosy on 020 77490 7790 to arrange a meeting.

Charity of the Year

"Supporting HEL is different; we felt connected and understood the impact of our fundraising" Fika, Corporate Partner 2014

Taking on Headway East London as your Charity of the Year is a great way to participate in volunteering and fundraising activities whilst boosting team morale, improving communication and having fun! We can provide fundraising advice and support throughout the year and offer places in popular events such as the RideLondon 100.  Previous organisations have taken part in a wide variety of activities ranging from dress down days to climbing mountains, cycling and running marathons as part of their year supporting Headway. 

Volunteer & Pro Bono

Corporate volunteers at work in the garden

Could you provide a space for an art exhibition or fundraising events?

Perhaps you could provide volunteers for an outing or project and help fund the trip?

Previous examples include trips to London Zoo, The Snow Centre and projects include building pizza ovens or helping in the garden.


A Corporate Workshop in action

Are you looking for unique artwork for your office? All of our artwork is for sale and proceeds support our members to develop their confidence and skills in the art studio.

We also offer exciting Corporate Art Workshops which act as fantastic team building days for organisations.


Do you have one day a week to spare? Are you interested in art/cooking/music/gardening/socialising? Would you like to meet new people in a relaxed and fun environment?

Volunteers are vital to what we do here at Headway House. Working alongside our staff team, you will help to run activities in our Day Service whilst also spending valuable time with our members.

If you’re interested in learning more about brain injury or the complexities of living with a disability this is an excellent opportunity. About a third of our volunteer group have had a brain injury themselves and bring valuable personal experience and understanding to their roles.

What will I do?

As a volunteer you can get involved in a huge range of activities going on at Headway House. From helping in the art studio, to assisting in the kitchen, or taking part in a discussion group – you have the opportunity to support members both one-to-one and in groups.

No special skills or knowledge are required. You’ll receive an induction and support is always on hand. We also hold regular volunteer meetings and training sessions.

Have an interest you’d like to share with us and our members? We’re always open to new ideas, so if you have something you want to try please let us know

Want to find out more? Have a read of our role description below.

How do I apply?

  1. Read through our Role Description and Recruitment Information documents
  2. Download and fill out the Volunteers Application Form (Word version)
  3. Email it to or post to Sheryl Buabin, Headway East London, Timber Wharf, 238-240 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AX
  4. We’ll be in touch to acknowledge receipt of your form and send some further information. 
  5. If your application fits our criteria you will be invited for a visit and informal interview.

Please note due to the nature of the work, we can only accept volunteers over the age of 18. 

This page is intended for people who wish to volunteer at the Headway House. If you wish to offer your professional services, become a trustee please use the contact form. We also offer limited student placements within the fundraising and communications department. 

If you have any queries or concerns we can talk you through the process. Contact Sheryl Buabin on 020 7749 7790 or email