We now have 4 new volunteers who are part of the Matrix team.
Nicola is our Admin Volunteer who has succeeded in organising our office and keeps up on our toes! She is happy to get involved in all aspects of our work and is a calming influence in the office.
Sven recently joined us and is an absolute whiz with IT and is proving to be a valuable member of the team and is busy helping us establish safe, secure working computer systems.
Moseline has only just joined us and her expertise is in book-keeping and finances and will help us keep up to date with our accounting and financial systems.
Last, but not least, is Samantha who is set to join us next week. Sam will act as a Volunteer Befriender and support Naila, our Family Support Worker, and whose role is to provide emotional support to the families we are supporting and be a friendly listening ear’.
"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"
"Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
"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"
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
"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"
"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."
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
"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"