Our Services

What We Can Offer

Headway Rotherham offers help in a variety of ways to survivors of brain injury, their families and carers.

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Headway Rotherham offers help in a variety of ways to survivors of brain injury, their families and carers

Info and Advocacy

We can provide information and support to people with a brain injury, their families and carers. The type of information and support available is:

Information on Brain Injury

We also have a small reference library and numerous leaflets on many aspects of brain injury.

Sign Posting

We can signpost you to appropriate agencies who can help with any issues you may have.

Appointment Support

We may be able to attend appointments with you, to offer support, and to inform professionals who may not be aware of the problems resulting from brain injury.

Workplace Support

We are happy to go into your workplace to discuss Brain Injury and the impact if you wish.

Other issues which we can support you with are:

  • Benefits
  • Debt worries
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Legal
  • Rehabilitation
  • Leisure/Social activities
  • And more….

If you need help and/or support with any issues, please give us a call on 01709 524100

Meet Our Team

We're here to help

Sadie Bratt

Community Development & Engagement Worker

Tel: 01709 524100   |   Mob: 07925 224461   |   Email – info@headwayrotherham.co.uk

Fran Croasdell

Brain Injury Advocacy & Support Worker

Tel: 01709 524100   |   Mob: 07840 591445   |   Email – headwayadvocacy@outlook.com

Sources of Help

Headway UK

Free helpline 0808 800 2244 or visit: https://www.headway.org.uk/

Headway Sheffield

Tel: 0114 270 2046

Headway Doncaster

Tel: 01302 892956

Headway Barnsley

Tel: 01226 286640

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

0800 1216568 or visit: https://www.irwinmitchell.com/

Rotherham Hospital

01709 820000 or visit: http://www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/

Northern College

01226 776000 or visit: https://www.northern.ac.uk/

Rotherham Council

01709 382121 or visit: https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/

Derby DrivAbility

01773 513235 or visit: https://www.drivingmobility.org.uk/information-centres/view/derby/

Derby Drivability aims to provide a high quality service for professionals and members of the public, to meet the needs of people with wide ranging illnesses/disabilities wishing to drive or travel as passengers. They are part of the Specialist Rehabilitation and Therapies Directorate of Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and do all they can to assist people to keep driving/travel as passengers in motor vehicles.

Swinton Lock Activity Centre

01709 578778 or visit: http://www.swintonlock.org/

A community based Arts, Education and Activity Centre based in an idyllic location by the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation Canal at Swinton near Mexborough.

Free Travel Pass

A Mobility Pass entitles disabled people to free travel on all buses, trams and local trains in South Yorkshire. It can also be used on some cross-boundary services and at any time except for late night services. To find out if you are entitled to a Mobility Pass you can obtain a leaflet from any Travel South Yorkshire Information Centre or visit the Travel South Yorkshire website by clicking the link here: http://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/ENCTSDisabledPeopleInfo/#section1 or calling Traveline on 01709 51 51 51

Winthrop Gardens

Call 07397 039226 or visit: https://www.winthropgardens.org.uk/

High Street Centre – Rawmarsh

The High Street Centre is a dynamic community hub that provides great facilities for meetings, activities, conferences and events, in a local setting and a range of opportunities for local people of all ages delivered by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Find out more via the link here: http://hscrawmarsh.org/


Caring for someone with a brain injury

If you are caring for someone with a brain injury, or have a relative being treated in hospital, then the information should help you to meet the challenges ahead and find the support you need.

Brain injury doesn’t just affect individuals; it can transform the lives of entire families. Depending upon the severity of your relative’s injury and its effects, you may have to make considerable changes to the way you live, such as becoming a part-time or full-time carer.

Share your experiences

Often the best source of support is other carers in a similar situation to yourself. Headway Rotherham hold a Carers Lunch on the first Thursday of the month at various locations around Rotherham. Please see the newsletter for more information via the link here.

Information for carers

Headway’s booklet Caring for someone with a brain injury provides extensive information for carers plus an overview of brain injury, useful illustrations and case studies that bring the information to life (you can download a PDF version via the link here). Brain injury survivors and carers can receive free copies of appropriate booklets from the Headway helpline.


Counselling for Survivors and Carers of anyone affected by Brain Injury

A confidential, friendly, professional Counselling Service is now available to ALL our members whether survivor or carer within our offices at Victoria Park Hall, Rosehill Victoria Park, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, S62 7HJ.

For an appointment telephone Rob Stanton, MBACP, Counsellor on 07961815854.

Counsellor Rob Stanton

“I am a trained and qualified counsellor. I am a member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within
Ethical Framework for Good Practice. During difficult times I know from past experience the importance of having someone that listens, someone who gives you the space to explore your thoughts and share your experiences in a non-judgemental way. I can offer you that person and that space."

What does Counselling Offer?

  • A confidential service you can trust
  • A stable environment to explore your problems
  • Practical support through times of pressure and ever increasing demands
  • A chance to improve employee awareness, morale, physical health, well being and commitment which can help you work more effectively in your work place
  • Helps to reduce absence and sickness days off work through stress related illness
  • A confidential relationship with no pressure from the outside world
  • A chance to develop awareness of yourself and your relationships
  • A safe space where you can speak freely about feelings that are upsetting or worrying you
  • Help to make sense of your problems through exploration of your past
  • A chance to develop your understanding of how and why you feel the way you do at this time
  • Explanation of unhelpful thoughts and feelings affecting your behaviour now

What do I offer?

An initial session for you to outline what brings you to counselling, for me to share with you what I can offer and for the two of us to decide whether we could work together. Contracted Counselling with a qualified Counsellor where we can agree a set number of sessions or we can agree to regularly review our work together to determine how long we work together, sometimes a few sessions will be enough and sometimes more long term work is appropriate, we will always discuss our work and make sure you are in full agreement. I am non judgemental in my approach and will not tell you what to do or give you advice, but will help you to make your own choices to help effect change in your life.


There are no fees payable, this service is free of charge to Headway Members.

Areas of Counselling I Deal With:

Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury | Work Related Issues | Loss of job | Stress | Anxiety | Loss | Bereavement | Low Self Esteem | Separation and Divorce | Challenges Raising Children as a Single Parent | Low Self Confidence | Depression | Relationship | Issues | Trauma | Sexual Abuse | Sexuality Issues | Physical Abuse | Verbal Abuse | Domestic Violence | Personal Development Work | Male Issues | Physical Illness | Injury at Work | Bullying | Harassment | Self Harm

Counselling Can Help If:

  • You are finding it challenging raising children as a single parent.
  • You are experiencing loss of confidence or have low self esteem.
  • You would like to have greater self awareness and self belief.
  • You are having a difficult time with your children and need support to work though your problems.
  • You are going through a difficult time at work.
  • You feel you cannot cope with feelings of anxiety or stress.
  • You feel your marriage or relationship is going through a difficult time
  • You are having difficulty coping with divorce or separation.
  • A loved one has suffered a Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injury for whatever reason.
  • You have survived a Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injury and need support.
  • Your past experiences may be affecting your ability to relate to others or cope with life.
  • You lack confidence, self esteem and direction on your life
  • You feel you would like greater self knowledge and would like to develop your self awareness.
  • You suffer from physical symptoms but don’t know why
  • You are suffering from feelings of loss for whatever reason
  • You have suffered bereavement.


We are able to make available a Family Holiday Cottage in Pickering on a self-catering basis. Many Headway families have used the cottage in the past few years and they were all very pleased with it.

We would like to emphasise that the Cottage is not suitable for those who use wheelchairs or who have difficulty climbing stairs. It is possible to bring one single bed downstairs into the lounge but you will need to do the furniture removing yourselves.There are also several steps from the patio into the small garden at the rear, where there are chairs and a table. The cottage is centrally heated. It is warm, comfortable and well-equipped – but it is not ‘smart’!

The cottage is for use by families who would not usually get a holiday because of low income or other reasons.

There are 3 bedrooms sleeping 6 people in total (4 people in single beds and 2 in bunks) – 2 rooms on the first floor and 1 on the second. The top
floor which sleeps two children in large bunks has lots of toys and games. There is one cot with a mattress but no bedding.

For more information on the cottage and how to book it please open the links below: