Category Archives: Advice and Info

Save the date – HSWL Christmas party

You are all invited to the HSWL Christmas party, which will be held at the Hand and Racquet, 25-27 Wimbledon Hill Road in Wimbledon is now booked for Saturday 9 December 2017 from 1pm – 4pm. Join us for an early festive celebration with a Christmas menu, decorations and crackers. 

Need some help or advice?

7789_DropInSession202_ContentImageHSWL offer a monthly drop-in service after our Balham day group meeting offering information, support and advice to anybody with an acquired brain injury, families and their carers.
Things we can help with include:

  • Advice on aspects of ABI
  • Advice on how to access services
  • Reassurance and support
  • SignpostingAdvice and support around benefits, help completing forms
  • Help finding leisure and voluntary opportunities

The next drop-in session is on Tuesday 5th July from 11:30 am at Balham Library.

TBI and Depression research study – a call for volunteers

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to long-lasting difficulties not only physically but cognitively. Around a third of individuals with TBI will develop major depression, limiting recovery and causing significant long term problems. Researchers at the Traumatic brain injury unit, Imperial College London, are currently trying to understand the causes of depression following TBI in the hopes of improving treatment and intervention. They are seeking individuals aged between 18-65 who have experienced a traumatic brain injury and have either gone on to develop depression or not.

They are therefore interested in reaching out to brain injury survivors who may be interested in taking part. These could be people with or without depression following their injury. The study involves a brief screening visit (lasting approximately 1 hour) and then a single study day where participants would complete some cognitive tests as well as an MRI and PET scan.

Read the full information sheet on the study

Members who may be interested in taking part, or who have specific questions about the study, should contact Amy Jolly at or by telephone on 0207 594 8064.

February Group Meetings

Wimbledon Group Meeting

Tuesday 10th February, 7:30-9pm
Drake House, St Georges Road, Wimbledon, SW19 4ED

The February meeting will have a focus of “Relaxation”. What is Relaxation? Why is it important and how can you do it?
Stress is part of everyday life and a natural reaction to change and adjustment to many life changes. After a brain injury there are many factors which can add to this burden of stress.
We will talk about different ways to manage stress with a focus on relaxation techniques. Hope to see you all there!

Croydon Group Meeting

*NEW TIME* Wednesday 18th February, 7:30-9pm
*NEW VENUE* Harris Academy Purley, Kendra Hall Road, South Croydon CR2 6DT

“Grow your own” Come along and sow a variety of herbs, peppers, chilis and tomatoes. You will be given tips to look after your seeds at home.