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There can be no doubt that the environment impacts upon us and, as such, we’ve been working hard at The Brain Charity to ensure that our counselling room provides our clients with a sense of ease and comfort. Following great work by Katie in our fundraising team, we have been able to refurbish our counselling room: improving the lighting, furniture and adding a calming, yet invigorating colour scheme. A number of people have already commented on the positive impact the new room has had on them, something which we hope continues to be felt by those who come to use our service.

We provide a range of counselling and psychological therapies to people who have experienced or are experiencing a neurological condition. Our aim is to work with people’s individual needs, tailoring our approach to the person’s personality and situation. As well as one-to-one work, we have provided group, couples and family therapy.

Finally, we're very pleased to be able to share some great news with you. We will soon be expanding our counselling service with the addition of a second counselling room. This will allow us to reduce waiting times and further improve our overall service.

 

Brenda and Gordon Milward, two long-standing volunteers at The Brain Charity, have recently been recognised by The Liverpool Echo newspaper as ‘EveryDay Heroes’. They’re quite the double act; Brenda volunteers on reception and Gordon is our resident poet. They are two very modest and down-to-earth individuals who don’t regard themselves as being anything special. As Gordon says, “We just see volunteering as giving something back”.


The duo also help to fundraise for The Brain Charity and we are delighted that they've been recognised for the outstanding work that they do.
You can read all about Brenda and Gordon on the Echo website, or watch their story in our film entitled ‘Who we are’

Gordon’s book of poetry called 'Days of Hope' is also available from our reception priced £3.50.

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 Gordon & Brenda on their wedding day in 1963

 

We recently ran an information day at The Walton Centre to launch our new-look Brain Hub.

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Link Workers Amanda, Joy and Maryam were on hand to offer advice and information to outpatients and hospital staff about the work that The Brain Charity does. We were also joined by Consultant in Rehab Medicine Dr Ganesh Bavikatte, Business Manager for NW Assistive Technology Tia Stone and Sue Curran, Deputy Clinical Business Manager, who all wanted to wish us well with our new set-up.

walton glance dec pics MG 9322 adj 350Having a base at The Walton Centre enables us to have face-to-face contact with patients and their families, friends and carers who are visiting clinics or who have been admitted to the hospital for treatment. The range of services mirrors what we provide at our Norton Street base and we are able to refer people on to whichever service they require as well as give instant help and advice. Sue Love, our new Services Manager, is delighted with the bold new logo and colours: “It makes our presence much more visible and we’re delighted with the transformation. Hopefully people will find it much easier to locate us now.”

The Brain Hub is situated on the ground floor opposite the outpatient self check-in and is open 9-5, Monday to Friday. For more information call 0151 529 8383 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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