Tuesday (January 19th) saw ITV Meridian Tonight visit Headway Oxfordshire‘s centre in Kennington to get the charity’s reaction to Oxfordshire County Council’s proposed £69 million budget cuts that is likely to affect Headway’s vital service which supports around some 260 acquired brain injured survivors.
Our very own founder Andrew Baker set up an online petition last November – ‘Save Our Headway – Brain Injured Will Battle Against the Cuts‘ – which has so far gained over 300 and growing signatures – with concerns to the county council’s plans which would Headway Oxfordshire‘s service as a brain injury support charity severely reduced. This has already gained great support from the local media with publicity from Oxford Mail and the Didcot Herald as well as the Oxford Mail, BBC Radio Oxford and Oxfordshire Guardian, over the weeks.
Reporter from ITV Kate Bunkall came in to interview both chief executive officer Jamie Miller as well as member and fundraiser Andy who has been attending Headway’s Activity & Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) for 4 years on the big impact the support service has had on his life and the loss he would feel if the services they provide had to be cut or diminished.
The “Big Society” says Jamie which PM David Cameron promised with such fanfare before the general election is in fact the very “Big Catastrophe”.