Youth Philanthropy Initiative Scotland

Thanks to the team from Ross High School; Kirsten, Sarah and Fay for all their hard work in producing an excellent presentation about Headway East Lothian and living with an acquired brain injury. We received a cheque to the value of £3000 from YPI Scotland and hope to have the girls along to our Awards evening on Wednesday 7th September at the Doughty Centre, Haddington to show them how much we appreciate their efforts.

The girls made this video as part of their presentation, please have a look.

Headway East Lothian presentation

Head Injury Information Day

A FREE event for professionals and for people affected by all types of acquired brain injury and head injury, including families and carers.

For further information click here – Head Injury Poster

Headway UK and Headway East Lothian believe that charitable fundraising should be conducted within an ethical framework.

At the end of last year there were many disappointing reports in the national media about the alleged fundraising methods of some of the biggest charities.  The national coverage of these issues in the media has damaged confidence in the voluntary sector.

Headway UK works within a set of ethical fundraising principles. These are as follows:

  • We do not employ third-party agencies to cold call and pressurise people in their own home!
  • We do not employ ‘chuggers’ to accost people as they go about their daily lives.
  • We will provide people with all the support they may need should they choose to take on a fundraising challenge for Headway.
  • We will never give the ‘hard sell’. If we have to convince people that we’re worth supporting, we’re not doing our jobs!
  • We promise not to bombard people with excessive mailshots.
  • We believe that people should have complete control over how much information they would like to receive from Headway.
  • We respect people’s privacy and will never share or sell their details or personal information to any other agency.
  • Every donation we receive helps us to go that one step further to improving life after brain injury!

These fundraising principles are visible on the Headway website

Save the Date – Head Injury Information Days

Free information events for professionals and for people affected by all types of acquired brain injury and head injury, including families and carers.

SaveTheDate – Head Injury Information Days

Pair are scaling three well-known hills

Two intrepid women are getting ready to climb three of the east of Scotland’s most well-known hills, as a thank you to a charity which helped one of them overcome a severe brain injury. Read more in the articles below.

Headway East Lothian – Volunteers Required

Headway East Lothian SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) supports adults over the age of 18 with an Acquired Brain Injury, their families and carers through the provision of peer support groups, access to advice and information, weekly meetings, and the provision of therapeutic activities aimed at increasing members’ health and wellbeing.
There are many opportunities for volunteers to become involved in our groups.

The Board of Directors is actively seeking new members to boost the skills base; IT skills, effective communication, business management, human resources, financial awareness and experience of other charity work are an advantage but not essential.

We also have opportunities for those who would like to assist in the day to day running of sessions; organising or providing transport to and from meetings, arranging speakers and activities either through 3rd parties or with other members of the staff team. Interests in the arts & crafts, exercise, relaxation, talking and listening are all welcome.

This is a great opportunity for those who have a professional interest in brain injury, rehabilitation medicine, psychology or the applied therapies such as occupational, speech and language and physiotherapy.

Working with Headway can be a useful tool to other professions and a great learning experience. We offer full induction training, PVG applications, expenses are provided and the opportunity to take part in nationally accredited training through Headway UK. We welcome applications from all age groups and streams of society and are pleased to be part of the Saltire Awards for younger volunteers. Volunteering with Headway East Lothian can be very flexible; from a few hours each week to a few hours each month. As our groups grow with an ever increasing demand for our services so does our need for committed volunteers.

For further information and an application pack please contact Joyce Cattanach, Development Officer on any of the details below.

Joyce Cattanach
Development Officer
Headway East Lothian
c/o The Bleachingfield Centre
Countess Crescent
EH42 1DX

Affiliated to Headway – the brain injury association

Together we can improve life after brain injury

Join us on Sunday 7th June 2015 at 2pm and support Headway East Lothian.  This event will take place at The Thorntree Inn, High Street, Cockenzie, tickets are available from Irene, Joyce and The Thorntree Inn.  For further information call 07895193974.Headdway East Lothian


Christmas Card and Calendar Competition

Headway East Lothian, Development Officer, Joyce Cattanach receives £300 for the Headway East Lothian Group for the Christmas Card and Calendar Competition.

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Alba Surridge and Jeanine McNaught, joint winners of the Christmas Card and Calendar Competition, the winning design will represent July/August in the Calendar Competition.  Each of the winners receive a £50 gift card.

East Lothian Alba & Jeanine c

Winning entry by Alba Surridge and Jeanine McNaught representing July/August in the calendar competition.

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Brain injury charity welcomes new concussion rules

footballLeading brain injury charity Headway has welcomed new rules on how Premier League football clubs deal with head injuries.

Jersey introduces cycle helmet law

New law will save children’s lives, says brain injury charity