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!


"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
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
Shari Wade; 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
"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
"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
"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
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab centres. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
Vicki Anderson; Australia
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
Deborah Andrews; New Zealand
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
Deborah Andrews; New Zealand
"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

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