Brain Injury Charities Urgently Need Our Help
News article published on: 18th June 2014
Headway’s “Action for Brain Injury Week” occurs each year in the middle of May, and culminates at the end of the working week with “Hats for Headway Day” – a fun way to raise money for the charity by wearing a silly hat to work.
This year – in readiness for ABI Week – Headway commissioned a survey to look into the effect that government cuts were having on key brain injury services. The results are worrying:
Almost half (48%) of people living with brain injury have lost access to vital rehabilitation and support services as a result of cuts to local authority budgets and welfare benefits reform;
70% believe their long-term support needs will increase if they do not have access to the support they need now;
70% are concerned about their ability to cope financially due to welfare benefits reform; and
More than half report a deterioration in their quality of life.
Headway reports that as a result of welfare benefits and other cuts, charities are struggling to cope with reduced support from local authorities, and highlight that 85% of local Headway groups are now concerned about their long-term survival, and 89% of the groups have been forced to use charity reserves and additional charity funds to maintain key services.
Headway has said “the results of our survey provides striking evidence that simultaneous welfare reforms and local authority funding cuts are having a profound negative impact on brain injury survivors, carers and Headway groups and branches.
“In addition to the human cost in the short-term, the long-term implications should be a concern to all in society as reduced access to vital services will lead to more people being reliant on long-term state support. The number of people surviving acquired brain injury and requiring services continues to rise, causing services to become increasingly stretched.”
Osbornes acts for individuals and their families affected by traumatic brain injury, and supports both the national charity, Headway – the brain injury association, and local Headway groups.
This year we raised money for Headway East London. To donate to Headway East London, click here, or text HWAY22[SPACE]£[3 or 5 or 10] to 70070.
To find your nearest Headway group, click here.