MATRIX Neurological is an innovative lived experience-led charity that supports children and young people who are living with an acquired brain injury; and provides practical and emotional support to their families. We deliver a range of services under three workstreams: Case Management, Children and Young People Support and Family Support. We employ two staff and have several volunteers.
The Board is looking to recruit 2-3 additional Trustees to assist with the management and governance of the charity. Our Board comprises both parents and professionals.
Parent Trustees have an important role to play, as it is imperative that real life lived experiences and views are represented. We would therefore like to hear from any parents of brain injured children who may be interested in becoming a Parent Trustee. This is a great way to increase your skills, make friends and use your own experiences to help improve the lives of others.
People from Professional backgrounds
We are also interested in potential volunteers from professional backgrounds; in particular from those qualified in any of the following professions:
It is not essential that you have any lived experience of childhood and adolescent acquired brain injury; but it would be an advantage.
ROLE PURPOSE FOR ALL TRUSTEES:
These are all volunteer roles, but travel expenses can be paid.
If you can spare a few hours a month and are interested in becoming a Trustee for Matrix Neurological, please contact Jan Rock on:
Tel: 01642 989116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an Application Pack.
"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"
"Restoration of anatomical functions and relationships must be done within 2 months of brain injury"
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab centres. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increases their learning disability; and has a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post 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."
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
"New parenting support intervention showed how parenting style is related to executive dysfunction in children and young people post brain injury. With support parents cope better so the child has a better recovery"
"Different 'experts' involved in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation come from different organisational cultures which causes conflict and has a negative effect on the outcomes for the child."