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Headway South East London North West Kent Ltd (SELNWK) is a registered charity1084323 limited by Guarantee 3982496.


Headway SELNWK is affiliated to Headway UK - the brain injury association charity (no 1025852) Company reg. no (2346893). Headway UK provides support to Headway groups and branches helping to deliver high quality services through guidance on policies, procedures, standards and training. 


Headway UK hosts The Headway Helpline which provides information, advises on sources of support, finds local rehabilitation services and offers a listening ear to those experiencing problems and publishes a range of booklets containing information about aspects of brain injury that will be helpful to those directly  affected, plus professionals, employers and members of the public.


Our Mission is :-


To promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and to provide information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their families and carers.


Our Objectives are :-


• To increase awareness of brain injury and its consequences

• To provide information and support for people with brain injuries, their relatives and carers and concerned professional people

• To promote improved approaches to brain injury screening, acute care, assessment, rehabilitation and social re-integration

• To assist people with brain injuries to return to community living, including access to appropriate accommodation, social outlets, and productive activity


Headway was registered as a charity in March 1980 by a group of Carers and professionals involved in the care of brain-injured people.  The charity rapidly grew by establishment of local organizations, with the principal aim of providing expert rehabilitation and community-based care services. 


Headway Sidcup was established in February 1983 to address the issues for local people and provide a forum for support and the sharing of experiences.  By 1988/89 it became clear that a base was needed. Pam Wells, the chair of the committee and a social worker, managed to secure a building within the grounds of Brook Hospital.  At this time the service became established as Headway South East London/North West Kent. With financial help from the AJAMA trust and several smaller grants, it was possible to fund a 2 year post for the first coordinator.


When the Brook Hospital was closed in 1994 Headway SELNWK moved to accommodation supported by Ox leas NHS trust on the Goldie Leigh hospital site in Abbey wood where one of the services still operates within Bo stall House.

In recent years, the service has developed into a sophisticated organisation, which offers a number of distinct services to survivors of brain injury, their families and carers.


·         Early intervention

·         Community services

·         Social rehabilitation services

·         Carer support and Raising awareness


To refer to any of the above services please contact the referral team. 

Headway UK Helpline - 0808 800 2244