Get to Know The Brain Charity And Cast a Vote to Support Those With Neurological Conditions This March

Posted on 28 Feb 2022 by Amy Jackson

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The Brain Charity was established in 1993, and they are offering practical help, social activities, as well as emotional support for those affected by a neurological condition.The charity supports everybody from the families of the affected individuals, the individuals themselves as well as their friends, carers and anybody else who needs it. They are working towards an inclusive society, which is also understanding and compassionate towards those living with the neurological condition.

They have one mission: to enable anyone affected by these conditions to live lives that are longer, happier, and healthier.


What is a Neurological Condition?

Any condition which affects the brain, spinal cord or the nervous system is referred to as a neurological condition. There are over 10 million people in the UK who live with a neurological condition which has a large impact on their lives, and unfortunately over 1 million people are disabled because of the condition.

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.

There are hundreds of neurological conditions, including:

  • Stroke

  • Migraine

  • Brain injury

  • Parkinson's

  • Encephalitis

  • Brain tumours

  • Motor neurone disease

  • Lupus

  • Narcolepsy

  • Tourette syndrome

The Brain Charity is there for every person with any of those conditions.


How Do The Brain Charity Help Those with a Neurological Condition?

Once diagnosed with a neurological condition, individuals are likely to feel extremely frightened, and could face challenges within employment, could feel socially isolated and they may even be at risk of poverty. The Brain Charity provides support including:

Practical Help - Offering practical services to help individuals living with neurological conditions. This includes legal advice, employment support, information on welfare benefits.

Emotional Support - They provide emotional support for individuals affected by neurological conditions, as well as family members and carers, including counseling, support groups and even a befriending service.

Social Activities - The charity delivers a wide range 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. Sadly, 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 on the Brain Charity

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 canceled 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 counseling 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 The Brain Charity

We are delighted to be supporting The Brain Charity this March. You can cast your vote for them in this month's charity poll to give them a chance of winning 20% of our profits.

Please vote for The Brain Charity this March 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:

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