Author Archives: Ann Dale


Volunteers Urgently Needed!

August 3rd, 2016

We urgently need volunteers for our Family Support Project. The role is to provide practical domestic support to families who have a child living with the effects of an acquired brain injury. This will include practical tasks such as light housework and/or shopping and help make life a little easier for parents who may be […]

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Welcome to Our New Family Support Worker

July 19th, 2016

Matrix is delighted to welcome Naila Arif, our new Family Support Worker. Naila joined us recently and is busy getting to know the families we are currently supporting. Her role is to help and support families and ensure that parents are aware of their rights as carers. She is also building contacts with local GP […]

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Introducing Matrix Volunteers

July 19th, 2016

We now have 4 new volunteers who are part of the Matrix team. Nicola is our Admin Volunteer who has succeeded in organising our office and keeps up on our toes! She is happy to get involved in all aspects of our work and is a calming influence in the office. Sven recently joined us […]

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Volunteers needed

June 14th, 2016

We are now looking to recruit volunteers for our new Family Support Project. We are looking for friendly, reliable people who can provide low level practical support to families who have a child living with the effects of a brain injury. This may include practical tasks such as light housework or small amounts of shopping. […]

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Family Support Worker Vacancy at Matrix

April 18th, 2016

  We wish to recruit a Family Support Worker to provide a range of support services to parents and carers of brain injured children living across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland. 30 hours £22,000 pro rata. This is a fixed term contract The Family Support Worker will provide advocacy, emotional and learning support to families […]

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Carers’ Launch Event

March 1st, 2016

We wanted to thank Karen Harwood of the South Tees NHS Trust for inviting us to attend their Carers Launch event. The launch was held in the Atrium of James Cook University Hospital on Monday 8 February 2016 and enabled local charities and other organisations to promote their carers services. The event also enabled hospital […]

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Recruiting soon!

February 15th, 2016

Matrix Neurological is delighted to announce we have been successful in securing funding from the South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group from their Community Innovation Fund. This funding will enable us to recruit a family support worker who will provide advocacy and support to parent carers of children living with a brain injury. They will work […]

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We need volunteers!

November 25th, 2015

We are particularly interested in current or retired teachers, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.  We also need experienced admin support volunteers. So if you have a few hours spare and want to help contribute to our innovative work please get in touch for an informal chat. All volunteers will receive an in-depth induction, training appropriate to […]

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Awarded Project of the Month!

November 16th, 2015

We are delighted to announce that we have been chosen as ‘project of the month,’ for October, by the Tees Valley Community Foundation and have been given a financial contribution to our running costs. It is wonderful to have the important work we are doing acknowledged as ‘exceeding expectations’ and receive £1000 to further support […]

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Comic Relief to fund new support group for parents

November 5th, 2015

We are delighted to announce that we have received funding from Comic Relief, through Tees Valley Community Foundation, to fund an innovative learning support group for parents who are living with the effects of their child’s brain injury. The BIG for Parents Project will enable us to engage with families that are affected by a […]

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"Parent-supported interventions after paediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
Eric Hermans; Netherlands
"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"
Andrew Ross; former Chief Executive of the Children's Trust
"With support parents cope better so the child has a better recovery"
Andrea Palacio-Navarro; Spain
"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
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"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"
Claire Willis; Australia
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
Deborah Andrews; New Zealand
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
Caron Gan; Canada
"Our 10 year study proves that family-led home-based neuro-rehab interventions deliver the best outcomes for children and young people"
Lucia Braga; Brazil

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.

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