COALFIELDS MAKES HEADWAY WITH FUNDING Headway Rotherham, the charity that provides information, support and services to local residents suffering from brain injuries, has been awarded just under £10,000 thanks to the Coalfields Community Investment Programme, delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting former mining towns and villages. The funding, which totals £9,994, will allow Headway Rotherham to maintain and expand the services they offer to local residents who are suffering from brain injuries, as well as their wider network of family, friends and carers. Headway uses a wide range of social, sporting, educational and wellbeing activities to improve the health and wellbeing of those suffering negative effects of an acquired brain injury (ABI), providing them with the resources and time they need to successfully rehabilitate. The Rotherham based charity also holds social meetings and support groups for carers and the network of family and friends that surround those that are suffering from a brain injury, making sure they have a space to relax and discuss the problems they face. The monies received from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust will allow Headway Rotherham to help more people in the community and ensure everyone who is suffering negative effects from a brain injury has the assistance they need. Kris Mentlak, Trustee of Headway Rotherham, comments: “Every 90 seconds someone in the UK is admitted to hospital with a brain injury. Recovering from this trauma and resuming some form of normal day to day life can be extremely difficult. The support and programmes that we offer allow people to recover from their injuries and get back on track to leading a normal life once again.” “Brain injuries can also have negative effects on people’s network which includes family and friends. By holding social events and support groups we are able to give them the opportunity to take a break, talk about their own problems and make sure they know that they’re not alone.” Andy Lock, Head of Operations (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “The work delivered by Headway Rotherham is incredibly important and allows those suffering from brain injuries to return to normal day to day life.” “We know that health problems remain a challenge in coalfields communities, but by working with organisations such as Headway we are able to ensure everyone has the support and care that they need.” As the organisation has become a member of Coalfield Community Investment Programme it will continue to be supported by the Trust and will have access to bespoke practical support including access to resources and services such as help with third-party funding applications and bid-writing, to tips on effective promotion and marketing. Delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the Coalfields Community Investment Programme supports organisations and programmes of activity that meet with three key criteria; to address skills, employment or health. The Coalfields Regeneration Trust was established in 1999 and is the only organisation dedicated to supporting former mining towns and villages. Over the years more than 2m people have benefited from support delivered by the organisation. More than 25,500 people have been supported into work, 5,500 jobs have been created or safeguarded, 1.3m people have received the necessary support to help improve their skills and gain qualifications and over 250,000 people have participated in activities that have improve their health.