Headway East Lothian

Who is this for?

  • adults over the age of 18 with an acquired brain injury

Who provides this?

  • Headway – the brain injury association


Headway is a UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury. There are local support groups, as well as national services for brain injury survivors, their families and carers, and professionals in the health and legal fields.
Headway aims to improve people’s lives after brain injury; tackle social isolation and loneliness; improve levels of self-esteem, confidence, and physical and mental well-being.

Headway East Lothian is an independent charity, run by a Board of Trustees who take their lead from those with lived experience of brain injury and their family carers and provide the activities and peer-group support sessions through the Development Officer and volunteers.

In East Lothian there are 3 weekly peer groups:

Date: Mondays
Time: 1.00 – 3.00 pm
Location: Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre, Haddington Road, Musselburgh EH21 8JJ
Description: Group work with rehabilitation based therapeutic activities, exercise sessions, arts and crafts, outdoor activities. There is a community café for lunch or a snack and to help build socialisation skills. On the 3rd Monday of each month, there is a carers meeting.

Date: Wednesdays
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Location: Community Room, East Lothian Community Hospital, Alderston Road, Haddington EH41
Description: Group meeting with refreshment. There are activities, speakers and entertainment.

Date: Thursdays
Time: 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm
Location: Hallhill Centre, Kellie Road, Dunbar, EH42 1RF
Description: Group meeting and a community café. There are activities, speakers and entertainment.

Other activities include:

  • monthly outings to places of local cultural and educational interest
  • information and advice on brain injury, disability issues, the benefits system
  • telephone befriending scheme with volunteers and peers
  • online support services and weekly activity sessions

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Referrals by third parties

Is there a cost?

No service charge – cost only for refreshments at community venues and specific activities.

Is there a waiting list?


Location information

  • Public parking available
  • Wheelchair access

Opening times

Monday 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Tuesday9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Wednesday9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Thursday9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Friday9.00 am – 4.00 pm

Contact Details

Joyce Cattanach
Headway East Lothian, c/o The Bleachingfield Centre, Countess Crescent, Dunbar, EH42 1DX

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Headway East Lothian Leaflet
(1.61 MB pdf)

Types of support on offer:

Information and advice
Support from someone with similar experience
Support in person
Support on the phone
Support with others

Type of services on offer:

Loneliness/isolated groups
Long term conditions/disabilities
Older people
Social groups

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