A CHARITY which helps people affected by acquired brain injuries is to open a new support centre in William Street.
Thanks to funding from JP McManus, Headway has acquired the former AIB at Upper William Street. Now, the charity hopes to transform the three-storey building to an educational centre and office use.
Services manager Louise Carey says a city centre move will give the charity more visibility – and make its facilities more accessible to the general public. Currently, it operates at Steamboat Quay on the Dock Road.
“We wanted a place which is accessible to clients so they can walk to different facilities. William Street will be more accessible. Not many people know about Headway and what we do. So we will be [on the] high street, Headway will be visible and people will know what we do,” Louise said. At present, Headway supports between 60 and 70 clients with acquired brain injuries, with services including rehabilitation, psychological support, training and employment.
The charity is seeking to change the use of the old bank – which closed in 2012 – and will find out if its planning application is successful next month.