Who we are
Headway Oxfordshire supports anyone in the county who has been affected by brain injury - the person themselves and their family, friends and carers.
Brain injury strikes people of all ages, from all walks of life and in a variety of situations. Damage may be caused through trauma - road, domestic, industrial, sporting accidents, or assaults - or through stroke, tumour, haemorrhage, infections, such as meningitis or encephalitis, or other neurological conditions.
Headway Oxfordshire supports those affected by brain injury to understand and adapt to the changes in their lives, promoting maximim indepencence within the family and their local community. Other people can see and often understand the limitations caused by a physical disability, but difficulties with thinking skills and behavioural changes are often misunderstood. As well as the physical problems common problems may include: difficulties with attention and concentration; loss of memory and difficulty in learning new skills or relearning old skills; personality changes and changes in family dynamics which may cause relationship difficulties, behavioural problems such as impulsiveness, lack of awareness and, particularly, loss of confidence.
"I started to see exactly why it was called the 'invisible disability: here was something so tiny, but with such potentially massive consequences for your life if you can't do it - ..... losing your train of thought when the wind blows or the phone rings, and the world is falling away from your feet as you fight to remember what and where you were."