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.


"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
Shari Wade; USA
"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
"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
This is the best support plan we have ever seen that will deliver the best outcomes for this young person.  The costings are 'spot on' and realistic'.  Direct Payments Team.  
Child 1 - Aged 14 and 3 years after a traumatic brain injury
2019 2020 Change
REASONING 301/800 426/800   +  125
MEMORY 181/800 304/800   +  123
ATTENTION 463/800 573/800   +  110
COORDINATION 47/800 309/800   +  262
PERCEPTION 158/800 374/800   +  216
"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
"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
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
Vicki Anderson; Australia
"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
"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

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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