Author Archives: Jan Rock


£80,000 funding award!

January 26th, 2021

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £80,000 from BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures to expand our innovative team.  The new posts will be providing education support to brain injured children and young people through the COVID crises.  Many of our children and young people are already years behind their […]

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We are hiring again!

November 11th, 2020

JOB ADVERTISEMENT We are looking for 2 x SPECIALIST SEN SUPPORT WORKERS, 1 X ADMIN & RESOURCE WORKER & 1 X FAMILY SUPPORT ASSISTANT/BEFRIENDER Matrix Neurological is an innovative charity based in Middlesbrough that exists to help remove inequalities for children and young people living with an acquired brain injury. We also provide practical and […]

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Featured Case Study and Podcast

June 25th, 2020

We were recently featured as a Case Study on the Charity Digital Website and in the Charity Digital e-Magazine.   This led to us recording a Podcast with Charity Digital and the National Cyber Security Centre.  Please see the link below:   To listen to the Podcast:   https://charitydigital.org.uk/podcasts/post-covid-19-resilience-how-to-be-a-more-digitally-secure-charity  

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We are still working!

June 11th, 2020

Our staff are now returning to work in the office whilst maintaining social distancing measures and in line with government guidance.  The office is not yet open to the public and face-to-face support sessions will continue via telephone or video platforms only. Please contact us as normal by telephone on 01642 989116 and email us […]

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We are still working!

March 24th, 2020

Here at MATRIX Neurological we have been planning for the current ‘Covid 19 shut down’ situation for some weeks.  Our key staff are now set up to work from home and are continuing to support our families via telephone, email, Skype, Facetime and Whatsapp. You can contact us via the usual channels.

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TRUSTEE OPPORTUNITIES!

January 23rd, 2020

MATRIX Neurological is an innovative lived experience-led charity that supports children and young people who are living with an acquired brain injury; and provides practical and emotional support to their families.  We deliver a range of services under three workstreams: Case Management, Children and Young People Support and Family Support.  We employ two staff and […]

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TRUSTEE VACANCIES!

April 2nd, 2019

We are currently looking to recruit 2 additional Trustees to assist with the management and governance of MATRIX Neurological, a registered charity and Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).   It is not essential that you have any experience of child brain injury; but it would be an advantage. If you are experienced and qualified in any of […]

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Matrix features on Zetland FM as part of Brain Injury week

May 8th, 2017

MATRIX Neurological founder, Jan Rock, featured this morning on Zetland FM helping to increase the awareness around brain injury as part of the Action for Brain Injury week which started today (8th May 2017) During the interview Jan discusses the support and services offered by MATRIX Neurological and the charities drive and commitment to bringing […]

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Join us for our first Fundraising evening with the brilliant Niall Southall as ‘Elvis’.

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Recruitment now closed to applications.

April 20th, 2017

The closing date for the submission of applications has now passed and we have shortlisted candidates for interview. Watch this space for the introduction the successful candidate.  Who will become our second Family Support Worker to assist families affected by childhood brain injury in the Tees Valley area?

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"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
"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
"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
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
Vicki Anderson; Australia
"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
"Different 'experts' involved in paediatric 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
Child 1 - Aged 14 and 3 years after a traumatic brain injury
2019 2020 Change
REASONING 301/800 426/800   +  125
MEMORY 181/800 304/800   +  123
ATTENTION 463/800 573/800   +  110
COORDINATION 47/800 309/800   +  262
PERCEPTION 158/800 374/800   +  216
"With support parents cope better so the child has a better recovery"
Andrea Palacio-Navarro; Spain

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 Youth Foundation BBC CiN