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!


"Restoration of anatomical functions and relationships must be done within 2 months of brain injury"
Eyzyon Eisentein; Israel
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
Deborah Andrews; New Zealand
"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
"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

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