Headway Bradford aims to offer support and self-help to those whose lives have been affected by brain injury; those who have sustained a head injury, their family members, carers and associated professionals.
As a branch of Headway UK, Headway Bradford shares this Mission Statement:
We’ve had a video made about Headway Bradford by Jenny Eells of BBC Radio Leeds as part of their ‘My Bradford’ project. Huge thanks to Jenny for working with us in such a professional yet informal way to produce such an excellent result. Just click the video to start it playing.
We hold a small library of booklets for further knowledge and understanding of brain injury and issues related to it. In addition we send out newsletters, on a regular basis, to keep people informed of our activities and events within Bradford that may be of interest.
In some instances Headway Bradford may not be the most appropriate organisation to help with specific advice or support and in these situations we will endeavor to “sign-post” you to the most appropriate support organisation either locally or nationally.
We meet on a monthly basis during the day to provide members the opportunity to meet, socialise and take an active part in the support of others. We enjoy a variety of activities including speakers, arts and crafts or sessions free for discussion. Throughout the year we also organise additional social events including day trips and meals out. Our events are warm and friendly and we welcome new people of all ages to come along and give them a try.
We also work at raising awareness about brain injury within the wider community so that more people are informed about the causes of Brain Injury and the challenges that occur as a result.
Headway Bradford is a local branch of Headway UK and is run by a small committee of volunteers who have either sustained a head injury themselves or are a family member or carer. We also have legal and health care professionals who volunteer.
|Charlotte Foster||Pam Drake
||Luiza Kolodziej||Steven Butlin Jnr
Charlotte Foster: Chair
Hi there! I am Charlotte Foster and I am 34 years old. I have been Chair of Headway Bradford since April 2018 after I joined the branch as a volunteer in August 2017. I currently work part-time as a Solicitor specialising in bringing personal injury claims for people who have suffered brain injury and spinal cord injuries in road traffic accidents or accidents at work. I am also a Mum to my two young daughters (aged 5 and 2) which keeps me very busy! In my spare time (what there is of it!) I like to relax by reading books, playing the piano and sewing.
Pam Drake: Secretary
Hello! My name is Pam Drake. I am 72 years of age (2018) and am married to David. We have three daughters and a son, all of whom are adults and have left home. Our three daughters have provided us with four granddaughters and three grandsons between them.
David sustained a brain injury when he fell from our house roof in January 2002, which meant that life changed suddenly and dramatically for us. Although it was very hard at first, David has made a very good recovery, and we are extremely grateful for the part Bradford’s Community Head Injury Rehabilitation Team played in this.
As a committee member, I serve as secretary and also write the bi-monthly newsletter to play my part in keeping our branch running well.
Apart from being involved with Headway Bradford, I like to spend time with our grandchildren, but I enjoy making my own greetings cards and like to do mosaics when I get the chance. I am also involved with my local church and, of course, there’s always plenty of housework to do!
Luiza Kolodziej: Treasurer
‘Hello! My name is Luiza. I graduated from Academy of Economics and Finance. I joined Headway Bradford in November 2017 as a volunteer and since April 2018 I have been the Treasurer. I am very happy for the given opportunity to join Headway Bradford.
I am also Mum to two children – my smallest child is 4 months old. I enjoy spending time with my sweet baby and there is always plenty of housework to do.’
Steven Butlin Jnr: Vice Chair
I am Vice Chair of Headway Bradford. My name is Steven Butlin, and 16 years ago I suffered brain injury following a road traffic accident. I was in hospital for 6 months, and when I came home I could do nothing for myself. Slowly, with the help of the Head Injury Team, Headway and my parents, I began to re-learn how to walk, talk, eat, etc.
Now, in 2013, I am into my second year as Vice Chair and I enjoy every minute of it. I go to seminars, conferences and activity weekends as well as Headway Bradford Social Meetings, and since my brain injury I seem to have discovered the art of conversation. In fact, I never shut up!
|Nadine Thompson||Zubeda Khatoon|
Nadine Thompson: Committee Member
Hi, I’m Nadine. I am a carer for my partner, Mark, who sustained a brain injury in July 2012. I’m also a Mum to five children and a Grandma to one grandchild. Originally from Hull, I moved to Bradford five years ago. Some of the things I love are watching Bradford City, watching Hull FC Rugby and doing crafty stuff. I became a committee member for Headway Bradford in March 2016 and am First Aid trained.
Zubeda Khatoon: Committee Member
My name is Zubeda Khatoon. I am a Psychology graduate and I joined Headway Bradford as a volunteer and committee member in May 2018.
Professionally, I have a keen interest in Neuropsychology and I hope to specialise in this field one day. I appreciate the opportunity Headway has given me, as being a volunteer has allowed me to gain an insight into the complexities surrounding brain injuries, not just for the brain injury survivor but also for their friends and family. Without this opportunity I would not have been able to fully grasp the enormity encompassing brain injuries and I have learnt to appreciate the sheer grit and determination demonstrated by all the members as they work on rebuilding their lives whilst supporting one another in the group.
My first impression of the group was that everybody was “like a family” and having served on the committee over the last few months, I have come to admire the support given by Headway Bradford to all its members.