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
"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"
"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"
"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"
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
"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."
"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"
"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"
"With support parents cope better so the child has a better recovery"
"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"
"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"