MATRIX Neurological celebrated its official launch on Tuesday 6 October 2015 in The Cleveland Suite at Jurys Inn (formerly known as The Thistle) in Middlesbrough.
The event enabled the trustees to thank their supporters and, hopefully, helped those attending to understand a little more about our charity and how a brain injury affects the lives of children, young people and their families.
We were able to host the event in such lovely surroundings due to the financial support of Irwin Mitchell LLP. A big thank you to them for their belief in us.
Guests heard the background to the charity and an overview of the impact of an acquired brain injury on everyday lives. This highlighted the lack of on-going support once a child is discharged from hospital and went on to explain how the charity aims to provide innovative, dynamic services to make a real difference to the lives of children and their families who are living with the effects of a brain injury.
Our Chair, Jan, explained our journey so far and what we have achieved. She acknowledged the huge level of support we have received from a wide range of organisations and individuals which has enabled us to reach this point and thanked them for their valued support.
Here are a few photos from the evening with lots of smiling faces!
As we had some technical problems on the night guests were unable to hear Callum’s thank you to those attending. As Callum has just started his physiotherapy degree at York St John University he sent over a video to play. To view Callum’s video please click here.
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
"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."
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
"Positive and coordinated neuro-rehab interventions for children and young people is prove to bring health improvements; improve independence; a decline in the need for sheltered living; decreases vulnerability; decreases drop-out rates in schools; decreases youth offending"
"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"
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increased their learning disability; and had a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"
"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"
"Often families don't have the financial capability to access services. We need to rethink how we delivery neuro-rehab services to children and young people"
"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"