Getting you back into employment: the Directions Project at The Brain Charity

Employment and neurological conditions

The impact of being diagnosed with a neurological condition can be devastating, and often means so much more than losing your health.

You may also have lost your independence or job too, and found you are no longer able to work as you previously did.

This can have a huge impact on self-esteem and make you feel you have nothing to contribute to society.

But help is out there, and The Brain Charity can assist you with taking the first steps back on the pathway to education, training or employment. 

What is The Directions Project?

While discrimination and a lack of skills, experience and opportunity may be holding you back from getting a job, we find low confidence is the major barrier our service users face when re-entering the workplace.

This is what we aim to address first, through the Directions Project.

The Directions Project was launched to support more than 2,000 unemployed people in the Liverpool City Region build confidence, develop skills and explore pathways to employment.

What help does the Directions Project provide?

Through the Directions Project, we will give you back the confidence you need to come to terms with your change in employment situation and forge a new path.

Directions will be the springboard from which you can achieve the goals we know you are capable of. You will be able to set your own pace without any pressure.

We can improve your confidence and self-esteem by linking you to a variety of different types of practical and emotional support, available both within our organisation and through partners.

Through The Directions Project:

  • Flexible individual support and personal mentoring to help you access volunteering, work experience or employment opportunities in a suitable working environment for you

Through The Brain Charity’s other services:

  • Free, in-house one-to-one counselling to address any specific emotional or psychological barriers like anxiety, PTSD or lack of self-belief
  • Advice on rights, reasonable adjustments, health expectations, pain management needs and fatigue issues in the workplace for when you are ready to return to work
  • Benefits advice and advocacy for people balancing employment with a caring role

Through our partners:

  • Pathways to training and education if you want to retrain in a new type of work
  • Access to adult education courses in subjects like literacy and maths
  • Practical support with CVs, job applications and interviews
  • Help with business plans, marketing strategies and publicity for clients who would like to become self-employed

Who is eligible for the Directions Project?

To be eligible to take part, you must be:

  • Living in the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, Wirral or Halton)
  • Currently receiving a form of unemployment benefit
  • Aged 18 to 65
  • Have evidence of your economic status
  • Have evidence of your right to live and work in the UK, e.g. a current passport, birth certificate, national insurance number, residency permit or marriage certificate

How do you take part in the Directions Project?

Sign up to the Directions Project

Please enter your details below, and project coordinator Diane Richardson will be in touch. Alternatively, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0151 298 2999. If you would also like to receive general news and updates about The Brain Charity, please tick the box below.

More information

The Directions Project is a partnership of 15 different Merseyside organisations, including The Brain Charity.

It has been part-funded by the European Social Fund, which was established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate economic development.

For more information visit

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