As part of the Ernst & Young induction week, twenty accountancy trainees will give the Headway Centre for people with brain injuries in Jersey, a makeover to mark ten years since the facility was set up by the charity.

In addition to the formal office based induction, the trainee accountants, armed with paint pots and brushes donated by their new employers will experience at first hand the firm’s commitment to the wider community when they spend Thursday 13th October re- decorating the Headway centre.

Jackie Hankin, People Manager at Ernst & Young, said: “Like many businesses, we want to be responsible and contribute to the communities in which we live and work. Supporting Headway is just one example of this commitment and we are all absolutely delighted that our efforts can make such a huge difference during this important anniversary year. We are pleased to be given the opportunity to play a key part in re-decorating a centre which plays such a pivotal role in providing support to local families.”

She added: “This is an induction week with a difference and this activity offers an excellent opportunity to encourage effective teamwork among our new associates during their initial week with us, while also reinforcing our community spirit.”

Ray Cooper, Chairman of Headway, said: “This is perfect timing for us as it marks ten years since we first opened a Headway Centre. The centre is now incredibly popular and has gone from being open just two days to six days a week. This has taken its toll on the building so it is now desperately in need of a makeover. We rely hugely on the help of volunteers for support and fund raising so we are very grateful to Ernst & Young for their energy and enthusiasm in helping to make this happen.’

The Headway Centre at Le Coie opens and operates a minibus service for members six days a week, offering rehabilitation and support to around 125 members.  Services provided from the centre include Family and Carer Support, Counselling, Advocacy, Home Life Skills, Rehabilitative Workshops, Crafts, Dao Yin, Meditation, Alternative Therapies, Hypnotherapy, Swimming, Social Events and Outings.

The centre costs 250,000 a year to run and only receives a grant of £28,000 from the Health and Social Services Department. The shortfall has to be made by fundraising and donations.