A Derby charity has moved to a new home in the city to enable it to develop its work supporting and providing activities for people with a brain injury.
Innes England secured the let of 61 Canal Street to Headway Derby, which will use the building to house the admin arm of the organisation as well as a base to run the services the charity offers to citizens.
Headway Derby had previously been based in two separate premises in another part of the city. The charity wanted to bring all elements of the organisation under one roof to offer a more flexible service.
Paul Clarke, service delivery manager for Headway Derby, said: “In our previous premises we shared with other organisations which meant our services users were limited on the time they could attend appointments.
“We needed one larger property to enable us to be more flexible with the services we offer and it made sense to have everything in one building. We are settling in well and have had a very positive response from our members who have welcomed the structured service we can now provide.”
The two-storey building in Canal Street is within walking distance of the railway station and the city centre and includes 15 on-site parking spaces.
Tim Richardson, associate director at Innes England, handled the letting. He said: “This property had previously been used as offices but had consent for educational delivery use on the first floor. This meant that it provided flexible accommodation, which is what Headway Derby was looking for.
“I’m happy we have been able to secure the right property and now the charity can develop the important services they provide to people in Derby city centre and surrounding area.”
Facilities for service users include a dedicated art room, computer room, baking room, quiet/reading room and improved staff and boardroom facilities including meeting/training rooms.
As well as offering activities for people with a brain injury, Headway Derby gives support, advice and information to carers, families and friends of people with a brain injury, and to health and social care professionals who may be supporting someone with a brain injury. It aims to raise local awareness about brain injury and the need for accident prevention.
Headway Derby is the only organisation in Derby that specialises in providing this specialist care.
Formed in 1994 as a local registered charity, Headway Derby is affiliated to, but independent from, the national charity Headway – The Brain Injury Association.