Welcome to HAD


A charity helping older and disabled people to lead an independent life
The Woodside Centre, The Commons
Welwyn Garden City
Hertfordshire
AL7 4DD

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Congratulations to Thomas, he's back behind the wheel!Thomas Marshall, from Shetland, started driving six years ago when he was 17. Unfortunately, last year on 30​th October 2018 he suffered an accident at work – falling 20ft off of a roof – sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury and other physical injuries. Now, a little over a year later, Thomas is on the road to recovery! Here's what he had to say about passing his test at our Welwyn Garden City assessment centre. Plus he also offers some essential advice for those looking to get back behind the wheel after a serious injury…

Firstly, thank you taking your assessment with HAD. How did you find out about us?

Research on the internet, speaking to HAD and the DVLA.

Why did you choose Welwyn Garden City as a location to take your assessment?

My dad lives in Welwyn, so I had a few driving lessons here whilst I was learning to drive. Driving in Shetland is very different to driving on the mainland!

How did your assessment go? How do you feel?

My assessment went really well, especially as I had not driven for a year. It felt really good getting behind the wheel again!

Please could you tell us more about the experience – were you nervous? Was it fun? Exciting?

I didn’t have any nerves once I had met the Occupational Therapist (Jane) and the Driving Assessor (Mark). They were so friendly and they went through the process with me so I knew what to expect. It was really fun showing off my driving abilities!

Please could you tell us more about your own personal journey behind the wheel: when you started driving and how your disability may have affected this journey, and what you've done to overcome this…

I started driving six years ago when I was 17. Unfortunately last year on 30​th October 2018 I had an accident at work. I fell 20ft off of a roof and sustained a severe traumatic brain injury and other physical injuries, which have since healed. The reason that my driving licence was revoked was because with TBI’s your cognitive functioning can be affected – which is key for driving – for example, coming to a junction and being able to process if there's a car coming from the right, being able to change gears and look in your mirrors etc.

How has the injury impacted on your life, also, do you have a positive message for others who have sustained a head injury?

I am a qualified Joiner. It has affected my life quite significantly. I'm still not able to work, I have to rely on people to give me lifts (as the bus service where I live is unreliable) and my relationship with my three year old son has changed.

I went from working 50-60 hours a week and being a dad on a weekend to not working at all and at the present time no longer having my son come and stay with me.

I think getting my licence back will help improve my relationship with my son. I will be able to take him to the park like we used to every weekend.

Would you recommend HAD to your friends, if so, why?

Yes, all of the staff are really friendly from the moment you arrive at HAD. They make sure you understand the process before you start and put you at ease.

Finally, do you have any advice for someone who is looking to get back behind the wheel?

Just try to be patient, it is frustrating having your independence taken away but it does get easier with time. I applied in April 2019 to get my driving licence back and it is only now, November 2019, that I have taken the assessment. The main thing I would say is don’t doubt yourself, be confident in your abilities and if you're not sure of something then ask.

Returning to driving? HAD can help you gain greater independence behind the wheel. For details of our current fees, please contact us on 01707 324 581 or email customerservice@hadnet.org.uk
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Congratulations to Thomas, he's back behind the wheel!

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Happy Friday Guys & Girls, we’d love it if you could please help us out!

As you know, HAD’s continued growth comes from customer recommendations.

Also, we understand the vital role we play in the local community, so rest assured, we will continue to offer help & advice to those who need it for many years to come!

With this in mind, we’d really appreciate it if any of our followers could help our charity in a BIG way… it only takes a few seconds but it’s absolutely massive for us!

Facebook has a new feature & it literally takes seconds.

We’d really appreciate it if you could do the following:

Go to the middle right of our page
Scroll across to β€˜COMMUNITY’
Click ‘INVITE FRIENDS’
Click β€˜ALL’
Wait 10-15 seconds for the invitations to send – you may need to do it twice if you have a large friends list.

If you leave us a link to your business page we will happily do the same!

Thanks & have a great weekend!

Team HAD! πŸ’šπŸ’™
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Happy Friday Guys & Girls, wed love it if you could please help us out! 

As you know, HADs continued growth comes from customer recommendations. 

Also, we understand the vital role we play in the local community, so rest assured, we will continue to offer help & advice to those who need it for many years to come!
  
With this in mind, wed really appreciate it if any of our followers could help our charity in a BIG way... it only takes a few seconds but it’s absolutely massive for us!
 
Facebook has a new feature & it literally takes seconds.
 
We’d really appreciate it if you could do the following:
 
Go to the middle right of our page
Scroll across to β€˜COMMUNITY’
Click INVITE FRIENDS
Click β€˜ALL
Wait 10-15 seconds for the invitations to send - you may need to do it twice if you have a large friends list. 

If you leave us a link to your business page we will happily do the same! 

Thanks & have a great weekend!

Team HAD! πŸ’šπŸ’™
Hertfordshire Action on Disability is feeling happy at The Westmill Community Centre.
Hertfordshire Action on Disability

Calling all Kids in Herts! Love dancing? Try these classes!

Our good friends at Imagination Arts are super excited about their new timetable at Westmill Community Centre, Hitchin!

All their dance classes specifically designed for those with an SEN/Disability!

They are taking bookings for places so get in contact quickly to avoid disappointment! Limited places available! Contact: info.imaginationarts@yahoo.com

#dancing #hitchin #hertfordshire #children #fun #imaginationarts #Sen #disabilities #mobility #had
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Calling all Kids in Herts! Love dancing? Try these classes! 
 
Our good friends at Imagination Arts are super excited about their new timetable at Westmill Community Centre, Hitchin! 

All their dance classes specifically designed for those with an SEN/Disability! 

They are taking bookings for places so get in contact quickly to avoid disappointment! Limited places available! Contact: info.imaginationarts@yahoo.com

#Dancing #Hitchin #Hertfordshire #Children #Fun #ImaginationArts #SEN #Disabilities #Mobility #HAD

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#TeamHAD would like to say a big THANK YOU to all our friends for helping us achieve 900 followers on Facebook… here’s to the next 900! 🎊 🎊 🎊

Have a great day everyone! πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰ David Sims93Dan WaterfieldADJulie Ritchie Lawrence, DaviMark ThackerayteSarah Turnere Ritchie, Paul Bishop, Bethany McNeil, Driving Mobilityy Garrisson-Mehmet, Bethany McNeil, Driving Mobility

#thankyou #driving #mobility #HADability #Facebook #friends #followers #lovewhatwedo #HertsAndMinds #WelwynGardenCity #Stevenage #harlow #hitchin #hatfield #EquipmentCentre #DrivingCentre #hertfordshire #charity #had
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#TeamHAD would like to say a big THANK YOU to all our friends for helping us achieve 900 followers on Facebook... heres to the next 900! 🎊 🎊 🎊

Have a great day everyone! πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰ #HappyHADers

Sean Lawrence, David Sims, Dan Waterfield, Julie Ritchie, Paul Bishop, Mark Thackeray, Sarah Turner, Amy Garrisson-Mehmet, Bethany McNeil, Driving Mobility

#ThankYou #Driving #Mobility #HADability #Facebook #Friends #Followers #LoveWhatWeDo #HertsAndMinds #WelwynGardenCity #Stevenage #Harlow #Hitchin #Hatfield #EquipmentCentre #DrivingCentre #Hertfordshire #Charity #HAD

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Well done #teamHAD ! πŸ‘πŸ‘

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HAD could not exist without support from the local community and valued volunteers

volunteers

We are always looking for volunteers on a regular or occasional basis. We have expansion plans throughout the whole organisation but we need your help to turn our dreams into reality.

fundraising ideas

Run an event where you have all the fun with your friends and family, whilst supporting HAD and all the work we do for disabled and older people. We will help you with tickets, posters, leaflets and even ideas about events you could hold.

events

Come and join us at an organised HAD fundraising event. They are always relaxed and fun so we promise you won’t be disappointed!

donations

By using Gift Aid you can make your donation worth more. For every pound you give to us, we get an extra 25 pence from the Inland Revenue.

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