Award Winner for Leadership

On a sunny afternoon on 6 March 2020 we attended the Inspiring Women Awards at The Wilton Centre in Redcar.  The Inspiring Women Awards were created by Anna Turley, M.P. and Redcar and Cleveland Council to honour the memory of Mo Mowlam, M.P.

Afternoon tea was enjoyed by almost 100 people and we were entertained by the female singing trio, The Lipsticks.

We were delighted to learn that our Founder and CEO, Jan Rock had been nominated for an award.   She received a ‘Special Award for Leadership’ in recognition of her tireless charitable work for children and young people living with acquired brain injuries and their families and for founding Matrix Neurological five years ago.

Jan said, “It was a wonderful surprise to receive the award and a huge thank you to the Awards Panel for recognising the hard work of the whole team at Matrix.”

Congratulations to all the 2020 winners!


"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
Shari Wade; USA
"Parent-supported interventions after pediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
Eric Hermans; Netherlands
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
Dalton Leong; Chief Executive of the Children's Trust
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increases their learning disability; and has a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"
Andrea Palacio-Navarro; Spain
"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
"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
"Families and professionals spend time focusing on the negative aspects of ABI. Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
Roberta De Pompeii; USA
"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
"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 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