Darlington Building Society AGM

April 30th, 2015

MATRIX Neurological was invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of Darlington Building Society on Thursday 23 April and the event was held at Middlesbrough football Club’s Riverside Stadium.

Darlington building society prides itself on being a community focused organisation and supports local charities in a number of ways, including cash donations which are accessed through the Tees Valley Community Foundation. MATRIX received a donation of £1,ooo to help with the setting up of the charity. This was a great help to us and we felt very lucky to have been awared this grant. The AGM offered an opportunity for the cheque to be presented to the trustees and for MATRIX to thank both the Darlington Building Society and Tees Valley Community Foundation for their tremendous support to our new charity.

Photograph courtesy of Keith Taylor


"Often families don't have the financial capability to access services. We need to rethink how we deliver neuro-rehab services to children and young people"
Vicki Anderson; Australia
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
Cerebra; United Kingdom
"Participation in teen sports and normal activities leads to improved quality of life for children and young people post brain injury and helps to maximise outcomes"
Claire Willis; Australia
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
Deborah Andrews; New Zealand
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"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"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"Positive and coordinated neuro-rehab interventions for children and young people is proven to bring health improvements; improve independence; reduces the need for sheltered living; decreases vulnerability; decreases drop-out rates in schools; decreases youth offending"
Eric Hermans; Netherlands
"Different 'experts' involved in paediatric neuro-rehabilitation come from different organisational cultures which causes conflict and has a negative effect on the outcomes for the child."
Barbara O'Connell; Ireland
"Parent-supported interventions after paediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
Eric Hermans; Netherlands

OUR MISSION: To work to remove inequalities for children & young people affected by acquired brain injury; and provide effective support to their families that makes a real difference.

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