Aims of Headway Bristol

  • To provide early and ongoing support for the brain injured their families and carers.
  • To assist the brain injured to return to community and independent living and engage in productive activity to reach their potential, whilst at the same time supporting the carers and families.
  • To raise awareness of the range and duration of the needs of people with brain injuries and to increase public and professional awareness of the presence and activities of Headway Bristol and at the same time participate in activities that will help to reduce the incidence of brain injury.
  • To promote improved communication with and between other organisations or agencies involved in the assessment, rehabilitation and community re-entry, of those with brain injuries.
  • To monitor and improve the financial status of Headway Bristol.
  • To undertake and support ongoing evaluation of the role of Headway Bristol and the services it provides.

Who can access our services?

Headway Bristol is one of over a hundred autonomous groups across the UK providing long-term support to brain injured adults, their families and carers.
Affiliated to Headway UK, we are a registered charity run by a dedicated team of professionals, relatives and volunteers.

Our services are available to adults over 18 years, with a confirmed diagnosis of a brain injury.

Headway Bristol defines brain injury as a non-degenerative injury to the brain that has occurred since birth. It can be caused by external force or by metabolic derangement. The term ‘Acquired Brain Injury’ includes traumatic brain injury, such as an open or closed head injury, and non-traumatic injury such as those caused by vascular accidents, hypoxia and toxic substances taken into the body through inhalation or ingestion and any invasive surgery or treatment for tumours. Currently the term does not include brain injuries that are congenital or produced by birth trauma.

Some adults who are unable to mobilise independently and cannot weight-bear, or those with high personal care needs and unable to manage their own continence, will need to be supported by their own personal care worker.

For more detailed information on our acceptance criteria or to arrange an assessment, please contact our Care Manager on 0117 3403771

Attendance at the day centre must achieve at least one of the following:

  • Personal development
  • Behavior management
  • Reducing isolation
  • Social interaction
  • Peer support
  • Respite for carer




Headway Bristol needs to raise over £100,000 every year in order to maintain and develop its services. See Fundraising section for more information, or make a donation in one of the following ways.

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