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.


"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
"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 centres. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
Vicki Anderson; Australia
"Different 'experts' involved in pediatric 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
"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
"Children and young people have poor social competence post brain injury due to reduced cognition, executive functions, and emotional control. As a result they are twice as likely to have mental health issues in the future"
James Tonks; University of London
"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
"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
"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

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