An adventure weekend in the great outdoors is set to give brain injury survivors and their families the chance to discover new activities and try out a range of therapies, says leading charity Headway - the brain injury association.

Headway in the North East has announced that its annual Look Ahead in the North event, which aims to help those with brain injuries build confidence in returning to an active lifestyle following their injury, will take place between 19 – 21 April 2013.

Now in its third year, Look Ahead in the North was well attended by brain injury survivors and their families from the North East and surrounding areas.

The event is being held at Kielder Water & Forest Park by the Calvert Trust who specialise in activity holidays for people of all abilities. Those attending will have the chance to use the zip wire and try archery, laser clay shooting, climbing and abseiling.

In addition to enjoying the great outdoors, a range of therapy sessions using the hydrotherapy pool and indoor workshops will be on offer throughout the weekend.

Specialist serious injuries solicitors Thompsons

Specialist serious injuries solicitors Thompsons will be running a ‘Benefit Changes Workshop’ to discuss the major changes to the benefit system following the introduction of Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

There will also be a chance to see Edinburgh Fringe Festival comedian Lee Ridley perform his widely acclaimed stand-up act. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Lee is probably the first comedian to use a communication aid and has sought to break down barriers to his disability through laughter.

Ron Payne, whose wife Heather suffered a major brain injury in 2001, is organising the event in collaboration with Headway. Speaking ahead of the event, Ron said: “After hearing such great feedback from people who attended the previous events, we have decided to organise it for a third year. We are determined to make this year the best one yet.

Great opportunity for those with brain injuries

Paul Brown, a representative from Thompsons Solicitors, the firm sponsoring the event, said: “The weekend is a great opportunity for those with brain injuries to push their boundaries and to enjoy new experiences in a controlled environment, while meeting people in similar circumstances.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring Headway’s event for the third year as part of our continued commitment to supporting brain injury survivors and their families.”

Regional coordinator at Headway, Alistair White, added: “A common issue amongst those with brain injuries and their carers is that they often feel they are living in social isolation. This event gives our members and others with brain injuries the opportunity to enjoy social interaction and try new activities which in turn can help develop self confidence.”

If you are interested in attending Look Ahead in the North you can book online at or call Alastair White (0191 283 4562) or Ron Payne (01434 270013) with any queries.