MATRIX Neurological celebrated its official launch on Tuesday 6 October 2015 in The Cleveland Suite at Jurys Inn (formerly known as The Thistle) in Middlesbrough.
The event enabled the trustees to thank their supporters and, hopefully, helped those attending to understand a little more about our charity and how a brain injury affects the lives of children, young people and their families.
We were able to host the event in such lovely surroundings due to the financial support of Irwin Mitchell LLP. A big thank you to them for their belief in us.
Guests heard the background to the charity and an overview of the impact of an acquired brain injury on everyday lives. This highlighted the lack of on-going support once a child is discharged from hospital and went on to explain how the charity aims to provide innovative, dynamic services to make a real difference to the lives of children and their families who are living with the effects of a brain injury.
Our Chair, Jan, explained our journey so far and what we have achieved. She acknowledged the huge level of support we have received from a wide range of organisations and individuals which has enabled us to reach this point and thanked them for their valued support.
Here are a few photos from the evening with lots of smiling faces!
As we had some technical problems on the night guests were unable to hear Callum’s thank you to those attending. As Callum has just started his physiotherapy degree at York St John University he sent over a video to play. To view Callum’s video please click here.
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury. Stressful experiences alter brain development of a child, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
"Children and young people have poor social competence post brain injury due to reduced cognition, executive functions, and emotional control. As a result they are twice as likely to have mental health issues in the future"
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
"When someone has a brain injury, early access to local, specialist rehabilitation is crucial to ensure the maximum recovery and make significant savings to the state in health costs"
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
"Different 'experts' involved in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation come from different organisational cultures which causes conflict and has a negative effect on the outcomes for the child."
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
"Parent-supported interventions following pediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab centres. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
"Brain development is complex and prolonged. Brain plasticity is influenced by a range of factors. Plasticity provides a base for neuro-rehab therapies and treatment"