Sharon helps raise awareness of Headway Devon

PUBLISHED: 15:32 04 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:32 04 March 2013

Councillor Sharon Pavey joined staff, volunteers and clients at Headway Devon's support group in Honiton to find out more about the charity's work.

Councillor Sharon Pavey joined staff, volunteers and clients at Headway Devon's support group in Honiton to find out more about the charity's work.

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Local Councillor Sharon Pavey visits Headway Devon to see the work the charity does in Honiton to help those with brain injuries.

A Honiton town councillor is hoping to raise more awareness of the work of a local charity that helps support those with head injuries in the town.

Last Friday, Councillor Sharon Pavey visited one of Headway Devon’s support groups at St Michael’s Day Centre.

The group helps those with brain injuries, which can be caused by head injuries, strokes, brain tumours and illnesses like meningitis, to meet people and take part in activities to help them re-learn lost skills and develop new ones.

The charity, which has been running for nearly 18 years, also provides vital respite opportunities for carers. Cllr Pavey said: “I first heard of Headway after a family member had a stroke last year and Headway supported their recovery.

“As a councillor representing Honiton Town Council, I do think it is very important to find out more about charities like Headway that work with local people who really need their support.”

She added: “It was particularly interesting to hear about the restorative justice programme Headway run for young offenders.

“The offenders come to Headway to talk to people who are dealing with the long term issues associated with being assaulted and receiving a head injury.”

Holly Keating, who is a fund-raiser for Headway Devon, said: “Unfortunately, there is very little public understanding about brain injury and the long-term effects that it can have, which means many people with brain injuries struggle with their difficulties for months or even years before getting in touch with Headway Devon.”


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