Friday, 24 September 2021

Headway Thames Valley

THE Mayor of Henley Lorraine Hillier was the guest at our annual meeting held at Brunner

THE Mayor of Henley Lorraine Hillier was the guest at our annual meeting held at Brunner Hall in Henley on November 19.

The chairman Dr Trevor Powell reported that the last 12 months had heralded significant change.

General manager Wendy Carlson left because she was moving to Bristol and our administrator retired. He thanked both women for their hard work.

The trustees decided to make some major structural changes as our funding from statutory services was reducing and our financial reserve was running down.

Dr Powell said income raised from charitable resources was around 10 per cent of our total income, which “for a charity housed in one of the richest corners of the country was unacceptable”.

We recruited a high calibre chief executive in Stephen Welch, an office manager and a fund-raising manager in an attempt to take the organisation forward and make us less dependent on statutory funding. Dr Powell said: “Changes create uncertainty but I’m glad to say that Headway has just carried on providing a range of quality services for people with a brain injury in the community. The staff team have been solid, reliable and dependable — thank you so much.”

He thanked all the trustees, particularly Richard Gilby, saying he had worked tirelessly for Headway over the last year, and Barry Webb, who had brought his analytical management skills to Headway and shown a new way forward.

Dr Powell added: “Next year will hopefully be a period of stability and consolidation when the new team bed in and bring us results in terms of improved fund-raising.

“This will allow our skilled clinicians and staff to be free to get on with their jobs of helping all those people with an acquired brain injury and not just those tied to statutory funding.”

The meeting heard that in 2014/15 53 clients attended the day centre in Henley every week for support, activities and physiotherapy and 25 clients suffering with a mild to moderate brain injury who live independently took part in our groups and satellite services in Reading, Newbury and Bracknell. Our outreach workers engaged with 35 clients in the community, providing them with support on a regular basis, and 31 clients attended the 11-week “Living with brain injury” courses.

Headway Thames Valley is incredibly grateful for the volunteers and supporters who enable us to work to improve life after brain injury. The generous donations received from all our donors, whether in the form of community fund-raising, corporate support, donations from trusts or gifts left in memory of loved ones, makes our ongoing existence possible.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters and fund-raisers.

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