Living With Brain Injury Exhibition Opens at Museum

An art exhibition, coordinated by the brain injury charity, Headway Thames Valley,  entitled “Living with Brain Injury” was opened on Thursday evening at The River and Rowing Museum. 

The exhibition, which was due to be exhibited over two years ago but was postponed due to COVID, consists of individual pieces and group collaborations from Headway Thames Valley clients, their family members, and professionals working in neurorehabilitation and aims at providing an insight into what brain injury is, what living with a brain injury is, and how Headway Thames Valley supports people to continue achieving great things following their brain injury. 

Headway Thames Valley, located on Greys Road, supports over 200 families that have been impacted by brain injury living in the Thames Valley. The organisation provides support and services to those with an acquired brain injury, their families, and carers. The organisation also provides numerous activities that aim to help people to regain lost skills, learn something new, build confidence and independence, provide practical advice on returning to work, establish routines, and deal with new challenges.

Jamie Higgins, General Manager of Headway Thames Valley, said he hoped “many people can come along to learn about brain injury because all clients said that their lives would be better if people understood more about brain injury and therefore learn a bit about the charity and the work we do.” 

Rebecca Evans, an Art Therapist working with the charity, said  “The beauty of art is that it is all about expression and a wide variety of work is undertaken at the centre, working with the clients in an environment that allows people to meet and talk and regain their confidence.”

Margaret Neal and Kim Milan, both Trustees, expressed how this exhibition is about positivity and explained how brain injury is not very visible and what the charity tries to do is to regain a positive attitude to living with brain injury. 

Chairman of Headway, Tom Satterwaite said he was ”blown away by the artwork and the fantastic work the clients have done.” 

Tom also spoke at the event and applauded the work of Trevor Powell, the previous Chairman and Founder of Headway Thames Valley. Trevor who is an expert in neuro-rehabilitation, having written numerous books and has been granted a lifetime achievement award by the British Psychological Society has retired from his role but went on to say he would still be very involved with the Charity.  Tom thanked Trevor for his work and emphasised “that many people’s lives are better off because of him.”

The exhibition will be open for viewing from 10:00 – 16:00 20 July – 18 August at the River and Rowing Museum.

If anyone would like more information about the charity please click the following link: 

https://headwaythamesvalley.org.uk/about-brain-injury-2/

 

 

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