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.
"NHS clinicians struggle with what intervention to priorities in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation due to limited clinical time and the complexity of needs. Children, clinicians, parents and schools all have different neuro-rehabilitation priorities"
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
"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"
"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."
"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 would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
"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"
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
"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"