Headway Bristol

Improving Life After Brain Injury

Sophie and Rich – Westonbirt Arboretum Half Marathon in aid of Headway

“In 1986 at the age of 19, Dad was involved in a car accident that changed his life. He suffered severe brain trauma and was in a coma for over two weeks following the accident. Initially it was not known whether he would survive.”

You can read more about Rich’s amazing story and how he has progressed over time since his brain injury, on their just giving page, where you can also donate: https://www.justgiving.com/page/sophie-bowen-1713373447822

At the start of this year Sophie also got into running and they decided to run a the Westonbirt Arboretum Half Marathon together on the 23rd June 2024 to again, raise money for Headway.

Who Are We?

Headway Bristol is a Independent, Non-Profit Charity. We have over 40 years of experience in helping survivors of brain injury live as independently as possible. We provide social and cognitive rehabilitation for adults with brain injury. We offer support and respite for their families through the services that we offer at our centre and through one-to-one outreach sessions.

We support across Bristol, North and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire. We individually tailor programmes that are designed to maximise quality of life, independence and self-esteem.

We promote an understanding of all aspects of brain injury, focusing not just on the impact on the individual but also their families and others who care for them. We provide information, support and services for these people too, including assistance to source and access other much needed services. 

Find out more about us:

About Us:

More information about where we come from, our values and our mission.

Our Services:

How we as a charity support individuals and their families with brain injuries through a variety of services catered to their own needs and desires.

Our Staff:

Our staff team are here to support individuals with brain injuries and their families when and as they need. Whether that be through running our services, answering questions or throwing fun events. We are here to help!


We take on student placements as well as accepting volunteers to come in and help our staff to ensure the centre runs smoothly and efficiently.

Our Sponsors:

Great Western Chapter are long standing sponsors of Headway Bristol, and they are continuing to support our charity by sponsoring us further for the year of 2024. In total, Great Western Chapter have donated over £6000 to Headway Bristol over the years.