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.
"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"
"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"
"Participation in teen sports and normal activities leads to improved quality of life for children and young people post brain injury and helps to maximise outcomes"
"Parent-supported interventions following pediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
"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."
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate 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"
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increased their learning disability; and had a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"