Headway Swindon has a competent team of staff and volunteers to support its work. We employ staff from a range of different backgrounds who can bring different skills and interests that help us to deliver a wide range of activities to our clients. Employees are well qualified and our care team are all progressing through, or have achieved, a certificate in Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy.
Chief Executive Officer – Jane Weston
I joined Headway Swindon in March 2014 with my first challenge being to find us new premises and organise the move of 67 clients, 12 employees, many volunteers and lots of furniture and equipment. We are now happily settled in our lovely new home in Dorcan, where we have been able to welcome an additional 22 clients and organise a greater variety of activities. My focus now is on ensuring we can continue to grow and develop the service to meet the needs of our clients, carers and the local community.
Service Development Manager – Sonia de Blaquiere BSc (Hons)
I have been at Headway since 2007. I have a Certificate in Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy and a level 3 award in Leadership and Management. I have many years of experience with brain injury and working with health care professionals. My responsibilities include developing the service in line with our business plan, being the first point of contact for new clients, Volunteers, placements and information to support carers and families. Engaging with the community to promote education and prevention of brain injuries.
Client Support Manager – Sheryl Edwards
I joined Headway in September 2010 after working as a specialist teaching assistant. This taught me that any achievement, no matter how small, is cherished as a golden moment and increases confidence to tackle the next step forward. My job at Headway is to manage a team of Support Workers and run the Headway Swindon centre on a day to day basis. I am passionate about supporting our clients to achieve their individual goals, and encourage my team to tailor the work to suit the interests and abilities of each individual.
Marketing & Fundraising Co-ordinator – Catherine Brown
I joined Headway Swindon in September 2014. Prior to Headway I worked in various marketing and fundraising roles and have used these skills to increase the awareness of Headway in the local community, and to increase our income through grants, functions and individual donations. We have lots of exciting fundraising events coming up this year and I am looking forward to raising lots of money to help more people affected in the local area.
Clerical Assistant – Laurel Simpson
I joined the team in Sept 2016 to take on a lot of administrative duties including bookkeeping, marketing and fundraising support, contacting suppliers and keeping records. I am usually the first voice you hear on the phone, and am busy in the background keeping everything organised. I enjoy working with vulnerable people and often help clients and join in activities.
Support Worker – Julie Stevens
I joined Headway in 2012 and enjoy working with the clients and organising theme weeks for the centre to follow topical events such as Wimbledon, the Olympics, and the Diamond Jubilee. I have a particular interest in speech and language and am actively developing this service within Headway.
Support Worker – Maria Marvell
I come from a care background and joined Headway in February 2014. I like to spend time looking at work that suits the interests of my individual clients, so that they are more motivated to join in. I am currently developing education courses on brain injury to help our clients.
Support Worker – Irene Foreman
I joined Headway as a volunteer in September 2013 having previously been employed in a residential setting, working with people with other neurological conditions. I love to organise a singing afternoon for the clients, getting out all of our musical instruments and encouraging everyone to take part.
Support Worker – Sandy Mutch
I became part of the Headway Support Team in July 2015. With a background in Early Years Education I like to help people to improve and reach their full potential. I have a particular interest in arts and crafts and am working on some ideas to bring some new art projects into Headway.
Support Worker – Sarah Tuck
I joined Headway in September 2015 after having undertaken a variety of roles assisting both adults and children. I enjoy meeting new people and finding out about them so I can help them to succeed. I particularly enjoy the one to one work with clients with complex problems who need that little extra support and understanding.
Support Worker – Lindsay Grayson
I joined Headway in March 2016 after taking a career break to raise a family. I was immediately struck by the supportive atmosphere and welcome that I received and work hard to ensure that anyone new to Headway feels the same. Having 3 dogs of my own I was particularly excited when Headway Swindon decided to get a therapy dog and will be using the dog to help clients to overcome communication and other issues.
Support Worker – Ryan Woodman
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with both the clients and the staff back in November and December last year as I worked at Headway Swindon temporarily. In March 2017 I became a permanent member to the Headway family feeling accepted by everyone, making me feel as if I had been working here for years. I am excited about what the future holds working at Headway Swindon and I am keen to learn more about brain injury.
“Brainy Dog” – Chase
I joined the Headway Swindon team in October 2016 as a therapy dog to help the clients. After a brain injury people can lose their friends and become very lonely and isolated, so my job is to be a friend to everyone and to give lots of love and cuddles. I am also learning some tricks that I can perform with my new family, that will help with communication skills and dexterity.