Headway Cambridgeshire launches National Lottery funded project


Headway Cambridgeshire, the brain injury charity, has received a grant of £59,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to look back at the way people with brain injuries have been treated since the mid-19th Century. The project, ‘Making Headway’, will also research the history of the site where the charity is based.


The Ida Darwin site in Fulbourn was named after a pioneering local activist who was one of the first people to understand that people with mental health problems were individuals with individual needs. She helped to change the face of social care from the prevailing view that those with mental health problems were “feeble-minded” to a far greater understanding amongst care givers of the complexity of the issues.

Headway Cambridgeshire has been working with local people with brain injuries since 1989. The Making Headway project intends to take the hidden histories of these individuals with brain injuries in Cambridgeshire and make them heard, seen and understood.

The project will be run by a mixture of Headway clients, staff and volunteers and will consist of collecting oral histories, making a film and curating a travelling exhibition.

Making Headway is being launched on 22 October 2015 at 7.00 pm at the Museum of Cambridge as a fringe event for the Cambridge Festival of Ideas and Headway invites anyone interested in either helping with or hearing about the project to attend.

Austin Willett the Chief Executive of Headway Cambridgeshire says: “The most exciting thing about Making Headway is that it will give a voice to people who have remained voiceless over the years and to a large extent still are. It is through hearing the stories of individuals with brain injuries and looking into the context of their care that we will see both how far we have come and how far we still have to go in ensuring everyone receives receive the best treatment possible.”

Places are limited so please reserve your place:

Contact us at events@headway-cambs.org.uk or telephone Kate on 01223 576550.

Please note that if you pre-book, entry to the event is free. However, anyone who attends on the evening without pre-booking, may need to pay a small entry fee.


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