Welcome to Headway Derby’s new website. Through this site we aim reach out and communicate with you regularly; and especially during this unprecedented period where we are all staying home to protect the NHS and save lives.
Last week we published an update to our members (clients), stakeholders, colleagues and anyone else that might be interested in what we’re doing to keep you safe and supported; we thought that would be a great place to start with this blog…
Third Sector National Response
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) gave evidence to a Gov select committee on Tuesday 31st March 2020, claiming that charities, like Headway Derby are being affected massively by the novel Coronavirus (Covid 19). Their stark warning came with an estimated loss across the charity sector of £4 billion over the current trading quarter; as a direct result of the coronavirus crisis.
The suspension of ‘paid for’ services, the closure of centres and shops and the cancellation of strategic fundraising activities like the Virgin London Marathon have forced a critical situation among a sector that already lives predominantly hand to mouth, despite being part of the solution rather than a problem to be rectified somewhere down the line. Charities like Headway Derby form a critical, non-clinical pathway between public and health sectors to the communities where our most vulnerable, disadvantaged and isolated citizens live.
So far the UK Gov haven’t been able to reach a decision on how the not for profit sector can be helped; and we fully support the work of NCVO in bringing this agenda to the fore.
REVISION: The Gov have now introduced a £75m package of support that charities can apply to over the coming weeks. There are no confirmed grants as yet and no guarantee that every organisation applying will be successful.
Headway Derby’s Response
We’ve closed the centre to save lives; it’s that simple.
This means we aren’t physically seeing any members or their loved ones/carers, nor receiving any member fees at the moment. The much anticipated charity fundraising events like the fantastic Black Tie Ball, the Beau Jangle Parachute Jump and the Virgin London Marathon have also been postponed.
However, despite the challenges we are facing to maintain some level of personal support to our members, and the demanding financial environment our closure has created, we want to communicate to all stakeholders that Headway Derby is #ClosedNotClosed
Over the last two weeks the team have spent time keeping in touch with members and their loved ones, offering support, providing links and numbers to agencies that can help with shopping, medicine etc, provide a listening ear, and offering advice and comfort where we can.
Many of our members are feeling very very anxious and isolated right now and we are taking whatever steps we can to reduce this and help maintain some level of healthy interaction and activity.
This service has been entirely free of charge and we’ve supported over 100 people in some way through this time. Alongside this we’ve developed a new range of activities so we can stay ‘Together from Home’ until we can all return again. These activities are being piloted from today and include weekly:
– ‘Together at Home’ (Virtual Member Days) ~ bursting with activities from arts and culture through to planting patio baskets, bringing nature into our gardens/window boxes and baking on a budget; delivered through Facebook, zoom and hard copy (sent by post) resource packs and materials.
Main Event: Tuesday mornings – with support throughout the week
Delivered by: Headway Derby Gurmit and Emma Headway Derby, Sara, Rowan, Chris, Ruth, Joy and Headway Derby Rebecca
– Inspirational Women ~ meeting through private zoom and WhatsApp sessions offering support, friendship, a safe space to discuss life, relationships, coping strategies, self-esteem, moods, anger management, neuro-fatigue, health and well-being and new hobbies/activities.
Main Event: Thursday mornings – with support throughout the week
Delivered by: Headway Derby Rebecca, Julie and Diane
– Dance and Movement ~ helping the BI community to stretch, breath and connect with one another through dance and physical activity from their chair delivered through private zoom sessions.
Main Event: Thursday afternoons 1.30pm 2.30pm
Delivered by: HeadwayDerby Sara
– Rediscovering My Brain ~ Aim accredited education programme through zoom and resource packs and materials covering a portfolio of developmental themes including motivation, emotional resilience and community life.
Main Event: Monday am and pm sessions, with additional top up group support (when needed) on Thursday
Delivered by Lyn Headway Derby Emma Headway Derby and Diane
– 121 Connection ~ through text, calls, whattsapp and zoom. Checking up on people, discussing their week and helping to form strategies and plans for the week ahead.
Main Event: Fridays
Delivered by: Rebecca, Lyn, Gurmit and Emma
– #Springintoaction ~ month long exercise and activity campaign encouraging brain injured people to engage in movement and actions that could improve mood, circulation, energyu levels and overall health and well-being
Main Event: Daily
Delivered by: Emma Headway Derby
To complement this, we have:
– Set up new social media pages that are private, where colleagues, members and loved ones can independently seek and offer help to one another in a safe space; as well as receiving coordinated, guided activities and conversations to stimulate physical, emotional and cognitive well being.
– Set up new social media profiles (as seen in the descriptions above) to help members find us easily without compromising professional boundaries.
– Introduced monthly Newsletters with updates, news, activity ideas, quizzes, links to useful websites, mindfulness activities, word-searches, meet the team articles and photographs, recipes and art and culture themes to name a few.
– Provided all staff with work phones and computers to support them whilst the work safely from home (previously not all staff required these as adequate resources were available in the centre).
All of these activities align with the charity’s Mission and Theory of Change; TO IMPROVE LIFE AFTER BRAIN INJURY.
So, when we’re asked what Headway Derby’s response to Covid19 is, we’re confident that we are doing rather a lot to save lives, stay connected and keep supporting our members through this worrying time.
Thank you for your ongoing support and belief in us, it’s truly humbling. Should these pilots run successfully we will be looking to continue them, for those people affected by brain injury who can’t get out (post Covid19) but want our support; and we are seeking funds at present to that end.
If you want to refer someone to any of these services please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Whilst the services are being made available freely to existing members, if a new member has the means to fund their care pathway with Headway Derby, the charity would be very grateful. We will not turn anyone away if they do not have the means to contribute to their support though!
N.B. Next Rediscovering my Brain education intake commences in May 2020: subject to funding.
Call to Action
If want to support this work through a personal or corporate donation to Headway Derby you will play a direct role in helping to improve life after brain injury across Derby, Derbyshire and East Staffordshire, and provide hope to those most isolated brain injury survivors even further afield.
If this is something you are interested in, here are the details.
Thank You for taking the time to read this.