Why we exist

Headway Somerset exists to support individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families.

Acquired brain injury (ABI) includes trauma such as a blow to the head from assault or accident, strokes, haemorrhage, aneurysms, tumour, meningitis/encephalitis and oxygen deprivation.)

in Somerset every year about 3000 people have a hospital admission due to ABI.

Every year an estimated one million people attend Accident & Emergency Departments in the UK following a head injury. It is estimated that around 500,000 people of working age are living with long term disabilities as a result of ABI.

Headway Somerset was founded 30 years ago by the parents of a young woman following her brain injury in an accident.

An acquired brain injury can happen to anyone and happen at any time. When it does Headway Somerset is here to help.

From hospital admission, through to discharge home and at every stage of your recovery Headway Somerset is with you to offer:

  • Information
  • Practical Advice
  • A listening ear and time to talk
  • Specialist services to aid your recovery  – including Rehabilitation Centresone to one support in the community as well as relatives support groups and a volunteer Buddy project to help you link with your community and your interests


Thank you!

  Hi! My name is Sally Holcombe and I have had the incredible opportunity to be an intern for Headway Somerset over the past few months! I have just finished my final year at the University of Exeter where I studied Human Geography and am now looking to enter the...

Talking Headway

Talking Headway

Our new phone line, 01823 215014.  Funded by a family member of someone who uses our services. This line will offer: Information and support, links to local groups and services and can refer people to receive regular friendship calls through our Buddying project...

100 Flowers by Paul Henry

100 Flowers by Paul Henry

A very special thank you to Paul Henry for his 100 day project of flowers during the 100 day lockdown. A truly spectacular image!