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Headway Bristol is a charity non profit organisation that offer emotional support, practical help and social activities to those effected by brain injury and to their family, friends and carers. Our amazing fundraising efforts and raising awareness helps us continue to fight loneliness, support people through tough times and reach their potential.

Locations we operate in

Headway Bristol - 0117 3403771

Frenchay Beckspool Building, Bristol, BS16 1LE

Services we Provide


We provide social and cognitive rehabilitation for adults with brain injury and support and respite for their families through the services offered at our centres and through one to one outreach � available across Bristol, North and North East Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. We individually tailor programmes that are designed to maximise quality of life, independence and self esteem. We promote an understanding of all aspects of brain injury, focusing not just on the impact on the individual but also on their families and others who care for them. We provide information, support and services for these people too, including assistance to source and access other much needed services.

What we do

Day Centre

Headway Centre is open Monday to Friday. As well as our main centre at Frenchay Hospital we have an outpost in Withywood that operates every Thursday. The outposts are in line with our policy of making services accessible.

We offer support in a variety of ways such as:

  • Crisis support – We offer immediate crisis advice and support in our centre, on wards or in home visits for families following a relative’s brain injury or admission to hospital.
  • One to one support – Individuals can call to arrange support meetings both within and outside of the Headway centre.
  • Confidential room – The resource library can be used as a confidential room in which to offer support. Please phone with as much notice as possible (at least 48hours) to ensure the room is available.
  • Signposting – We have close links with a number of agencies that can offer a wide range of services, support and advice.

Drop-in Sessions – We have a monthly evening drop-in (first Tuesday of month 7.30pm-9pm).

Social evening – Anyone who has had a brain injury is welcome to attend the social group. This is a great opportunity to get to chat and get to know one another a bit better and have lots of fun.

Outreach & Community

Our Outreach Services enable us to give more intensive one-to-one support to individuals who are working toward a level of independence. This might include helping them to develop social networks in their local community or to re-establish their domestic skills, or it might involve helping them access employment or training.


We offer a variety of services for carers – which can be accessed as much or as little as needed.  Carers can dip in and out as their needs change.

Independent Living Fund

Headway Bristol offers small grants from its Independent Living Fund to those living with an acquired brain injury, to enable them either to preserve their independence or to increase their ability to live independently.

Aims of Headway Bristol 

To provide early and ongoing support for the brain injured their families and carers.

To assist the brain injured to return to community and independent living and engage in productive activity to reach their potential, whilst at the same time supporting the carers and families.

To raise awareness of the range and duration of the needs of people with brain injuries and to increase public and professional awareness of the presence and activities of Headway Bristol and at the same time participate in activities that will help to reduce the incidence of brain injury.

To promote improved communication with and between other organisations or agencies involved in the assessment, rehabilitation and community re-entry, of those with brain injuries.

To monitor and improve the financial status of Headway Bristol.

To undertake and support ongoing evaluation of the role of Headway Bristol and the services it provides.

Where we do it

Serving the brain injured in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset & North East Somerset 

How to access

Contact us

Office: Tel: +44 (0) 117 3403771


Day Centres

Adults aged 18 and over with a brain injury, who meet our criteria and who live in Bristol, South Glos, North or North East Somerset, can attend Headway Day Centres. Places can be self funded or paid for by the PCT or local authority through personal budgets or direct payments. If you are interested in attending Headway or you know somebody who would benefit from our services you can contact the Care Manager on 0117 340 3771.

Headway Helpline

Freephone: 0808 800 2244 for confidential nurse-led advice and support on the effects of brain injury. Lines open Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.


If you are interested in applying for a grant, please look at the guidelines for more details on the criteria – click here to download the guidelines

If you feel you are eligible for a grant and can demonstrate that you fit the criteria, please complete an application form – click here to download the form



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