Award Winner for Leadership

On Friday 6 March we attended The Inspiring Women Awards at the Wilton Centre in Redcar.  The Awards were created by Anna Turley M.P. and Redcar and Cleveland Council to honour the memory of Mo Mowlam, M.P, who was previously the MP for Redcar and did so much for the UK and Northern Ireland.

100 guests enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea and we were entertained by the very talented female singing trio, The Lipsticks.

We were delighted to learn that our Founder and CEO had been shortlisted for an award.  She was given a Special Recognition Award for Leadership, for her tireless charitable work supporting children and young people living with acquired brain injuries and their families, and for founding Matrix Neurological.

Jan said, “I did not expect to win anything, so it was a real surprise to receive this award.  Thank you the Awards Panel for recognising the work of the whole team at Matrix.”

We wish to extend our congratulations to all the 2020 winners.


"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
"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
"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
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
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
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"My colleague was blown away by the tremendous work your organisation is doing for society."  Social Worker
"Participation in teen sports and normal activities leads to improved quality of life for children and young people post brain injury and helps to maximise outcomes"
Claire Willis; Australia
"Often families don't have the financial capability to access services. We need to rethink how we deliver neuro-rehab services to children and young people"
Vicki Anderson; Australia

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.

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