Meet the Team

OUR PATRON

We are delighted to introduce the Rt. Honourable Andy McDonald M.P. as our new Patron.  Andy met with us a few months ago and agreed to become our first Patron.  Andy is as passionate about Acquired Brain Injury as we are; and he has taken a huge interest in our work.  Andy now sits on the All Party Parliamentary Group on Acquired Brain Injury Group.  We look forward to working closely with him over the coming months and years.

 

 CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES

 In line with recommended best practice all our trustees, staff and volunteers undergo either an EDBS (with a barred list check) or a DBS Check depending on their role.  They also complete a range of CPD training to update their professional skills and ensure they have the appropriate levels of Safeguarding Training.

 

Jan Rock   

CEO & Case Manager

Jan has lived-experience of acquired brain injury in children, young people and adults.  She has a degree in Public Service Management, Certificate In Lean Organisation Management and is an experienced Prince2 Practitioner.  Jan also has several CPD leadership qualifications and is a frequent speaker at professionally focused Brain Injury Conferences.    Her Continuous Professional Development training includes: Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury; Special Education Needs and Disability; Paediatric neuro-rehabilitation; and Understanding children with SEBCMH issues.  Jan manages the charity day-to-day and she                                                delivers acquired brain injury awareness training to a range of professionals, sectors and organisations.

 

Mary Dryden    

ABI Support Worker   OT 24485 (HCPC registration number)

Mary has a professional background in neurological rehab Occupational Therapy.  As a fully qualified therapist, we were delighted when she gained employment with us in April 2019.  Mary’s role is part-supported by a BBC Children in Need grant to provide 1-1 emotional, rehabilitation and development support to children and young people, through stimulating fun activities that assists with their physical, cognitive, communication or emotional and behavioural recovery.   Mary is a keen sportswoman and also helps out with our Kids-Club.  

 

 OFFICE VOLUNTEERS

Our office volunteers all live locally and provide a range of essential support functions.                               

Christine Sherred  

Administrative Support

Christine helps with a range of important back office functions and is happy to help out wherever we need her.  She also has personal experience of acquired brain injury both in children and adults.

 

 

* New Volunteer Profile coming soon.

                                                      


 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

       

 


"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
Cerebra; United Kingdom
"Restoration of anatomical functions and relationships must be done within 2 months of brain injury"
Eyzyon Eisentein; Israel
"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"
Headway; United Kingdom
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
Recolo; United Kingdom
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
Shari Wade; USA
"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."
Barbara O'Connell; Ireland
"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"
James Tonks; University of London
"Thousands of children and young people living in the UK today without the help and support that can make a huge difference to their lives"
Dalton Leong; Chief Executive of the Children's Trust
"NHS clinicians struggle with what intervention to prioritise in paediatric neuro-rehabilitation due to limited clinical time and the complexity of needs. Children, clinicians, parents and schools all have different neuro-rehabilitation priorities"
Recolo; United Kingdom
"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."
Vicki Anderson; Australia

OUR MISSION: To work to remove inequalities for children & young people affected by acquired brain injury; and provide effective support to their families that makes a real difference.

Council for Disabled Children Charity Excellence Lottery Funded