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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"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
"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"
The Children's Trust; United Kingdom
"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"
Andrea Palacio-Navarro; Spain
"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
"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"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
Lucia Braga; Brazil
"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"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"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"
Cathy Jonson; Rehab without Walls; United Kingdom.
"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
"Positive and coordinated neuro-rehab interventions for children and young people is proven to bring health improvements; improve independence; reduces the need for sheltered living; decreases vulnerability; decreases drop-out rates in schools; decreases youth offending"
Eric Hermans; Netherlands

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 Community Funded Charity Excellence Lottery Funded