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We are here to enable survivors of Acquired Brain Injury and their families to 'Make headway to a better future' by putting them in touch with each other, and by advising them about the various resources which would support them and help them to move forward along the road of rehabilitation.

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Occupational Therapy Workskills

In March 2009 we initiated a skills development pilot project where 10 members were chosen to participate. The focus of the project was to teach the members various craft skills which they could use as a income generating tool.

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We are relaunching our Stroke Group.  To read more, click the link below. 

Read More:  Stroke Group Awareness

Mission Statement
Offering support to acquired brain injury survivors and their families.


Headway-Natal is a non-profit organisation assisting survivors of acquired brain injury which can be caused by strokes, near drowning, motor and cycle accidents, assaults and even infections such as meningitis and encephalitis.  We also provide assistance for their families and carers. 

Our centre was established in Westville in 1997 and we offer affordable therapy and activity programmes to facilitate rehabilitation.  A full assessment and screening is given to each individual and a programme of therapies worked out according to his/her needs.  Headway is open to all race groups and for persons 18 years and older.
 Direct services such as Physiotherapy, Hydrotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Dietary Control and Therapy Support Groups are provided to the KwaZulu-Natal area.  We have seven Therapists based at Headway. As part of its Outreach Programme, Headway has been supporting Zimele Molweni for some 7 years, sourcing funding for transport, a feeding scheme, a therapist, teacher training and salaries.  For more information on Zimele Molweni, see the Outreach page.

Our finances and ongoing efforts at fundraising projects, expenditure always exceeds income and we have to rely heavily on sponsorships, fundraising and/or donations.  Without funding it would not be possible for Headway-Natal to continue to offer its unique services and we welcome any assistance in this regard.

The FAST Test

The FAST test is an easy way for everyone to remember and recognise the signs of stroke.  FAST stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time to act.

Face - Check their face.  Has their mouth drooped?

Arms - Can they lift both arms?

Speech - Is their speech slurred?  Do they understand you?

Time - Is critical!  If you notice any of these warning signs, act FAST.

Call your emergency medical services or get to a hospital immediately.

Think FAST.  Act Fast.  Stroke is a medical emergency.

World Stroke Campaign

1 in 6 people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime.

The World Stroke Campaign (WSC) provides education and support for stroke survivors, families and healthcare professional involved in stroke treatment, management and rehabilitation. The primary focus of the WSC is the annual World Stroke Day (WSD), promoting stroke awareness to the international community and working towards pushing stroke to the forefront of the global health agenda.

For more information visit their website http://www.worldstrokecampaign.org/.