Headway Cambridgeshire

Headway Cambridgeshire provides a range of support to people living with the effects of brain injury. This includes an information, advice and guidance service, an independence service to work towards specific goals and specialist rehab sessions at two regional hubs – one in Peterborough, and one in Fulbourn, near Cambridge.

In 2014 the Clothworkers’ Foundation awarded Headway Cambridgeshire a grant of £15,000 towards the cost of replacing old exercise equipment to give more fitness opportunities to people with an acquired brain injury.

At the dedicated rehab gym in Fulbourn, people with acquired brain injuries work in small groups with a specially trained instructor to improve their fitness. Both staff and gym users felt that the gym was offering only limited opportunities and would be able to achieve more with a better range of equipment. They wanted to see “more disabled-friendly equipment” and “more up-to-date equipment.”

Headway Cambridgeshire has been able to purchase a set of hand weights and barbells, a seated stepper machine, an accessible recumbent bike, a rowing machine, a weights stack and a leg-extension machine. The weights stack can be used at any height and has a range of other adaptations to make it ideal for wheelchair users, as well as offering more challenging apparatus including a pull up bar to improve strength in the upper body. The full range of equipment also improves strength in the lower limbs and overall fitness.

The new equipment is now up and running and people living with the long- term effects of brain injury are already benefitting.  At the official opening, the Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Gerri Bird (a wheelchair user herself) cut the ribbon and the story made it into the local newspaper. 

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