Headway East Sussex is an independent charity, affiliated to the national charity Headway UK. Set up as a support group in 1988 by a group of families affected by Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) it was initially based at Hurstwood Park hospital in Haywards Heath. In 1992, in order to open a day centre the group moved to Newick, to a property owned by the Leonard Cheshire Foundation. The group became a registered charity in 1998 and when Leonard Cheshire gifted the property to the charity in 2002 Headway Hurstwood Park Company (limited by guarantee) was incorporated.
A 10th Anniversary fund raising campaign together with a successful Big Lottery bid led to the construction of the purpose built annexe in 2005/06. The annexe is equipped for people in wheelchairs and had fully fitted pottery, woodwork and art rooms.
Later projects saw the development of the client gym for physical rehabilitation and the adjacent client kitchen offers cookery and other life skills courses.
In November 2016 we relaunched as Headway East Sussex.
• To treat people with respect and empathy
• To provide choice and opportunity
• To empower people to achieve optimum independence, interaction and social inclusion
To promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and to provide information, support and services to people with a brain injury and to their families and carers.