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’.
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
"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"
"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"
"Parent-supported interventions after pediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
"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"
"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."
"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"
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increases their learning disability; and has a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"