Who we are and what we offer

About Us

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Headway Darlington & District is an independent charity based in Darlington but working with adults with traumatic and acquired brain injury across Darlington, the Dales, Tees Valley and North Yorkshire.

We offer support, advice and education survivors, family, friends and carers in our local area. There are many different causes of brain injury and its effects are complex and wide ranging. We try to support each individual’s circumstances, needs and aspirations with our range of sessions.

We believe that every one of our members has something to contribute to both Headway Darlington & District and their own wider community. We have craft projects, games and group sessions to help every member utilise their skills. We welcome survivors family too as members to help understand and promote awareness and understanding of brain injury.

We also provide information and are planning to offer education to other interested groups and  training to professionals and businesses.

How are we funded?

As an independent charity, Headway Darlington & District is responsible for raising all the money it needs to rent premises, run services and develop new initiatives like our plans for paid staff to further support our members and their families. We are planning to raise £50k over the next year through community fundraising, corporate sponsorship and grants.

Our Members

Our Volunteers

Our Supporters

Our Board

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Our Mission

Is to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury for both individuals and the wider community via support, advice and educational services.

Our Vision

By providing the support, advice and education to our brain injury survivors we hope to improve the outcomes for the individual, the family and the wider society affected by the life changing impact of brain injury. 

Board and trustees

Our board is made up of trustees and committee members.  We are a strong team, passionate about delivering services to address the urgent need and gaps in provision for brain injury survivors.

Amy Crosby

Amy’s father sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2015 and she understands how difficult life can be after brain injury for the whole family.

Amy has now developed what was a personal interest due to her father’s injury into a fulfilling career and works as a brain injury case manager covering the North of England supporting individuals and family through their rehabilitation. 

She works tirelessly to raise funds so that Headway D&D can continue to develop much-needed support services. 

Yvonne Thomson

Yvonne has had many years’ business experience.

Now retired from British Telecom Senior Management, she joined the Headway Darlington Committee in 2017 and is responsible for keeping our finances in order.

Yvonne has a cousin with a brain injury and spending time with fellow members has helped her understand the impact of brain injury on the survivor, family & friends.

A keen walker, she can be found walking the fells in the Lake District with family & friends when time allows. 

Alastair Elliot

Alastair is a personal injury lawyer and joined the Headway D&D Committee in 2017. Having worked with brain-injured clients for many years, he appreciates the needs of survivors and their families and does all he can to support the development of our services to meet those needs. 

When not at work, he likes nothing more than to be out of doors enjoying all that the British weather has to offer. 

Jenny Locke

Jenny is a specialist neuro-occupational therapist and Brain Injury Case Manager with a wealth of experience in brain injury rehabilitation in a wide range of clinical and community settings. Recognizing the unmet needs of brain injury survivors and their families after discharge from hospital, Jenny was instrumental in starting up Headway Darlington in 2013.

She dedicates her free time to volunteering for Headway D&D and runs the “Craft & Create service where members can learn and reengage in therapeutic crafting which works on a variety of skills. 

Elaine Vance

Elaine is a retired Nurse Practitioner with years of experience nursing at a senior level and developing NHS services.

She runs the weekly games session and supports members within the community to overcome obstacles preventing them from moving forward.

Elaine lives in Darlington and loves walking and cooking, which is one of her passions. 

Jenna Learoyd

Jenna works in financial services but her great passion is music.  Jenna sang at our Garden Party in 2019 and is very talented. She heads up our community fundraising and will be looking to utilise her singing and musical talents with Headway Darlington & District. 

Amanda Jackson

In 2020 we welcomed Amanda to the team.  Amanda is a neuro occupational therapist who has worked in the NHS and private sector. 

She brings a wealth of knowledge which will help us to develop the service we deliver.  

Hannah Fitzpatrick

Hannah is a serious injury solicitor and works with many cases where her clients have sustained serious brain injury. 

Hannah will be taking on the role of company secretary and is looking forward to learning more about life after brain injury. 

Victoria Macgregor

Victoria is a physiotherapist who specialises in neurorehabilitation.

With her experience of working with people who have sustained brain injuries she will be looking at how we can develop our service.

Sarah Magson

Sarah is a local solicitor who appeared on The Apprentice in 2019. 

She is passionate about supporting the charity to grow and will be assisting in the development of corporate fundraising and bid writing.

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