The project will provide over 265 hours of Art Therapy and Photography to people affected by brain injury helping to improve well-being and reduce isolation. The funds raised will enable us to deliver the project over a period of four to six months.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (900591)
“Out in the real world you sometimes feel that you’re the odd one out, but you come to Headway Thames Valley and feel like a normal person.”
"I like painting and drawing. It gives me a sense of independence, to create something from my imagination. What I do with paintings is, I turn them upside down to get a new view or perspective to see the materials from another angle. The arts bring a sense to my being of my uniqueness."
Brain injuries do not discriminate – they can happen in seconds to people of all ages in a variety of situations but the effects can last a lifetime. There are many possible causes: accidents, tumour, stroke, cardiac arrest, post viral infections such as meningitis. The impact can include: loss of independence, loss of employment or life role, increased stress and breakdowns in family relationships, low self-esteem and lack of confidence, anxiety, depression, poor memory and fatigue.
Headway Thames Valley is a community and social network that brain injured people come to belong to. Our primary aim is to enable people to access experiences and environments which help to break down barriers and improve skills. The project aims to help clients to learn new skills as well as improving clients' moods and self-esteem, encouraging the brain's capacity to repair itself and function, helping to improve attention, awareness, boost well-being and reduce isolation.
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