Headway News, May 2021

  • 4 May 2021

The days are getting darker as we are getting into winter, but that doesn’t mean we need to start hibernating. It’s good to keep active and to make the most of the daylight hours to keep the winter blues at bay.

At Headway we are pleased to see all of you who regularly come along to support choir, art, tai chi and Friday Friends, as well as those who attend our group support sessions. We are always here to welcome newcomers, so keep an eye out for friends, who may be living with a brain injury but who feel shy about coming along.

On May 22nd we are celebrating Headway, by having a Hats for Headway Gala. This should be a lot of fun as well as an opportunity for us to raise awareness and to raise funds. Headway does not receive any significant government funding so we rely on seeking funding from charitable organisations as well as from donations. If you would like to help us with fundraising via regular donations or by holding a fundraising activity, we would love to hear from you. Donations can be made through our GiveALittle portal. Any donation over $5.00 is eligible for NZ charitable gifting tax credit.

We are also holding a fund-raising sausage sizzle at Mitre 10 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington, 29th and 30th May. We’d love to see you there as ambassadors for Headway – and tell you friends and family to come along too.

Best wishes

Local MP Visit

Early in April the Art group at Headway House house had a visit form local MP and ACT Party leader, David Seymour. David took some time to chat with the members who had the chance to share their stories, have a few jokes an share their thoughts on the benefit of the activities that Headway house offer them. It was a very positive morning.

Alison Retires

On Friday 23rd April we hosted a special cocktail party event at Headway house to give Alison a fitting celebration from the community. 

The Headway community shares a special place in the heart of Alison McLellan. As one of the key personalities responsible for Headway to form and evolve over the past 40 years, Alison has been there at every step of the journey. It’s been quite a ride for Alison and her retirement farewells have been going for the last few months. Being a finalist in the Ryan Senior New Zealander of the year 2020 was a great honour, but the opportunity for her to share stories and time with the community at Headway House in April was a lovely evening for all, despite the rain.

Thank you Alison, for all you have done – your care, Support and desire to help others has been felt by so many in the past, present and will continue to serve many into the future. You are our special lady and the doors are always open for you to visit.

What's On at Headway House?


Spread the news and share with your friends... Hats For Headway Day Saturday 22nd May 2021... 
Hats For Headway is a fun and creative way to support people affected by brain injury to maintain a connected and supported life.

Each May we create Hats For Headway as fun way to help fundraise for us.

At Headway House, 207 Manukau Road, Epsom we hold daily activities and support groups for any person in Auckland affected by brain injury. These activities and services re free of charge to anyone in our community. We need your help to ensure we can keep operating these services.

Hats for Headway is an opportunity to wear a hat, take photo share it to our Social media pages @HeadwayAuckland and make a donation via the GiveALittle Donation page.

Your support is greatly appreciated and will help us to continue our current programmes of Art group, Tai Chi, Singing, support groups and much more. Thank you!


New date - mark your diary-  Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th MAY 2021
- at MITRE 10 Lunn Ave - from 10am until all sausages are sold (or 3pm)


Saturday 22nd MAY 
An open day for all in the Headway community, friends, whānau and anyone in the wider Auckland community to find out how Headway House may be able to support and help you or someone you know that is affected by brain injury.

Come and join the fun - Wearable Arts Hat Parade - so start decorating and creating some fun hats to parade!

The House will be open for friends, whānau and general public to come and see what we do. A sample of activities will be running including:

  • 10.30 and 11.30 - have a go at Tai Chi with Pauline
  • 11am and 11.45am - Performances by Headway Harmonies
  • 12pm - Hats For Headway Parade of the Hats - Come with your own decorated hat creations. Prizes for the Best Wearable Arts Hat Creations.

So book it into your diary, start creating hats, share with friends and whānau and we look forward to seeing you on the day. 


Headway Harmonies

There were a great number of singers coming along now and we look forward to seeing you all come back once the doors open again. New singers are welcome too, so bring a friend and enjoy the music.

Tai Chi for Wellbeing

May be done standing or sitting down, is relaxing and helps calm the mind, also social and fun. This form of Tai Chi was developed by Dr Paul Lam who initially developed 'Tai Chi for Arthritis and falls prevention', and works well with any physical ability. 

Come to class wearing comfortable clothing (easy to move in) and bring a bottle of water.

We would like to start a Knitting - Crochet group. Please let us know if you:

  • are interested in coming along.
  • can help with providing some wool, knitting needles and crochet hooks.

We will trial our first drop in session at Headway House on WEDNESDAY 9th June. Please email michelle@headway.org.nz

Support Groups

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Group caters for any person with brain injury, both men and women. Held at Headway House, please feel free to come along.
Held on the FIRST and THIRD Wednesday MONTHLY. 

Our North Shore Women's Group meets monthly on the FIRST Thursday at 10am.

Our Women's Group meets monthly on the SECOND Thursday at 10am.

The Spouses' and Carers' group meet on the FIRST Wednesday of each month at Headway House and welcome you to join for an evening of shared friendship and support. New visitors always welcome!

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