Established in 1993, The Brain Charity is there to provide practical help, emotional support and social activities for anyone affected by a neurological condition. They are there to support individuals, as well as their family, friends and carers, as well as to fight for a society that is inclusive, compassionate and understanding for those living with a neurological condition. Their mission is to enable anyone affected by these conditions to live lives that are longer, happier, and healthier.
What is a Neurological Condition?
Neurological conditions refer to any condition affecting the brain, spinal cord or nervous system. Some can appear suddenly, such as a stroke or brain injury, while others, individuals are born with, such as epilepsy. Additionally some conditions, such as multiple sclerosis can develop over time. In the UK, there are 10 million people living with a neurological condition that significantly impacts their lives, and over 1 million people are disabled as a result. There are hundreds of neurological conditions, including:
- Brain injury
- Brain tumours
- Motor neurone disease
- Tourette syndrome
Whether it's a common condition, or one that's rare, The Brain Charity is there for every single one.
How Do The Brain Charity Help?
A diagnosis of a neurological condition can be incredibly frightening, and as a result, many will face challenges such as social isolation, employment and poverty. The Brain Charity offers a number of services to anyone affected, from practical support to social activities.
Practical Help - The Brain Charity offers practical services to help individuals living with neurological conditions. This includes employment support, information on welfare benefits, and legal advice.
Emotional Support - The charity also provides emotional support for individuals affected by neurological conditions, as well as family members and carers. This includes counselling, support groups and a befriending service.
Social Activities - The charity deliver a number of their services and social activities from their headquarters in Liverpool, including craft clubs, choir and exercise sessions. Their HQ is also home to their Brain Food Café, a community café providing a safe and welcoming place to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat, as well as providing work experience opportunities. Unfortunately, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of these events, classes and workshops are currently on hold.
Outreach - The Brain Charity have staff based within The Walton Centre NHS Trust and Aintree University Hospital who provide an outreach service to patients who have received a diagnosis or been involved in a traumatic event. This ensures that patients are made aware of the services the charity provides and can access the emotional and practical support they need.
The Impact of Covid-19
At the end of 2020, The Brain Charity had seen a rise of over 50% in the demand for their services, compared to the previous year. Following the long-term mental health effects, unemployment spikes and the rise in Long Covid, it's expected that this will rise even further. With many fundraising events cancelled due to Coronavirus, 2020 has been the most challenging year in the charity's history, however their team of dedicated staff and volunteers worked non-stop to support the clients most in need. They provided practical support such as making supermarket trips and picking up prescriptions, while also working to safeguard their clients' mental health. This included extending the provision of their free counselling appointments, and launching a telephone befriending service for those who were left isolated as a result of the pandemic. Additionally, the charity's mainstream services have been running remotely.
How You Can Help
We are delighted to be supporting The Brain Charity this May. You can cast your vote for them in this month's charity poll to give them a chance of winning 20% of our profits. In terms of how your donations can help:
- £3 gives an individual with a neurological condition a chance to speak to people in similar situations on a virtual coffee morning.
- £5 allows a socially isolated individual to attend one of the charity's weekly online activities.
- £10 will fund a life changing group therapy session for someone with a neurological condition.
- £50 funds two one-to-one counselling sessions for an individual struggling with their mental health.
- £100 pays for two hours of hospital based support, meaning the charity can be there for patients as soon as they receive their diagnosis.
Please vote for The Brain Charity this May and help them be there for anyone affected by a neurological condition.
If you would like to donate or find out more about the charity, you can visit their website: https://www.thebraincharity.org.uk/.