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
"NHS clinicians struggle with what intervention to prioritise in paediatric neuro-rehabilitation due to limited clinical time and the complexity of needs. Children, clinicians, parents and schools all have different neuro-rehabilitation priorities"
"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"
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
"Families and professionals spend time focusing on the negative aspects of ABI. Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
"Thousands of children and young people living in the UK today without the help and support that can make a huge difference to their lives"
"When different organisations assess different aspects of a child's neuro-rehabilitation needs, everyone looks at things from a different perspective and highlight needs and conflicting priorities"
"Pediatric neuro-rehabilitation cannot be delivered in isolation. The needs of the child have to be looked at both holistically and within the context of the family unit. Parents need to be empowered to be parents in post-acute pediatric neuro-rehabilitation following brain injury"
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
"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"
"Too often children and young people with ABI are discharged from hospital without specialist brain support that they and their families need to overcome lifelong challenges"