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The Brain Charity can also help anyone with a neurological condition, their family and carers at this time.

If you need help, please get in touch: Email The Brain Charity or call us free on 0800 008 6417 (Monday-Friday: 9am-4.30pm)

Directions project at The Brain Charity funded by the European Social Fund

Do you need employment support?

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 friends or job too.

You may have found you are no longer 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.

While discrimination and a lack of skills, experience and opportunity may be holding you back, we find low confidence is the major barrier in our service users entering or re-entering the workplace and this is what we aim to address first.

What is the Directions Project?

The Brain Charity’s employment service is provided as part of the Directions Project, which was launched to support more than 2,000 unemployed people in the Liverpool City Region build confidence, develop skills and explore pathways to employment.

It is a partnership of 15 different Merseyside organisations which 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

What help does The Brain Charity 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.

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 external partners. These include:

  • Flexible individual support and personal mentoring to help you access volunteering, work experience or employment opportunities
  • 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
  • Benefits advice and advocacy for people balancing employment with a caring role
  • Free, in-house one-to-one counselling to address any specific emotional or psychological barriers like anxiety, PTSD or lack of self-belief
  • Guidance around health expectations in the workplace, such as pain management, fatigue issues and comfortable working environments
  • 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

How do you take part?

To enrol in the Directions Project, contact project co-ordinator Diane Richardson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0151 298 2999.

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