The Brain Charity offers emotional support, practical help and social activities to anyone with a neurological condition and to their family, friends, and carers. There are hundreds of different neurological conditions, including stroke, brain injury, dementia, cluster headaches, and many rarer ones too - we are here for every single one.
Our mission is to enable all those affected by neurological conditions to live longer, healthier, happier lives. We will fight together for an inclusive and just society: a world where stigma, hardship and isolation are replaced by compassion and understanding.
Being diagnosed with a neurological condition can be a frightening and bewildering experience; many people face unemployment, poverty and social isolation as a result.
We offer a range of services within Merseyside & Cheshire including, but not limited to: counselling, welfare benefits advice, adult learning courses, confidence building courses, support groups for different conditions, employment support, carers advocacy, a legal service and supported volunteering opportunities. We also offer a national information & advice service which includes a library open to the public and a national helpline.
The charity was born in Liverpool in 1993 and currently has 40 members of staff and around 80 volunteers.
Over half of our staff team have neurological conditions, as do over 60 per cent of our volunteers.
The Brain Charity's central Liverpool HQ is also home to The Brain Food Café, a community café which offers not just a safe, healthy and welcoming place to eat but opportunities for work experience too. Our main Liverpool centre is also where we deliver the majority of our services, offering a weekly programme of courses and social activities including craft clubs, choir, boccia and other exercise sessions..
To complement this centralised support, we offer several community-based services such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy for people with dementia and children with neurological conditions. We also have staff based within both The Walton Centre NHS Trust and Aintree University Hospital. This 'satellite' and outreach service ensures people are aware of the help we provide when they receive a diagnosis, or are involved in a traumatic event. Our team offer bedside support within the hospital, and ensure people receive the emotional and practical support they need at a crucial time in their lives.
If you would like more detailed information about The Brain Charity, please follow the links below for copies of our latest Annual Report, Annual Accounts and Reserves Policy.