On Wednesday 16th September The Brain Charity held its first Virtual Head Matters Tea Party - dubbed Head Matters Online.
This event was organised to replace our annual Head Matters event which usually takes place in our centre in March as part of Brain Awareness Week. As with many events this year it was moved to online video chat Zoom, so our service users didn’t miss out on all the day had to offer.
Head Matters Online started off with two sessions from practitioners from our Brain Changer Arts Project, funded by BBC Children in Need. The first workshop was a paper flower bunting making class, taught by Emily and focusing on concertina folding. The second session was a lindy hop dance class, run by Leila, where the participants a variety of energetic dance moves and by the end of the hour came together to form a full routine.
Over our lunch hour we had an informal group chat and networking session lead by The Brain Charity’s Information and Advice Officer Janet. Straight after lunch we were guided into the land of verse by Gregory; the group wrote a poem together about what makes them happy.
Next we made heart promises with Lynn from the Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science to mark World Heart Day on September 29. Our staff and service users set themselves goals to help us promote better heart health in our lives.
Our most popular event of the day was a virtual concert from and interview with The Brain Charity’s newest patron Henry Priestman. Musician Henry shared a variety of lockdown performances with those in attendance, spanning songs from across his career which proved to be both entertaining and moving.
The climax of the day was our quiz, curated by our well-seasoned quizmaster and trustee Tim, with a final game of ‘Play Your Cards Right’ to decide the winning team.
All in all, the day went spectacularly well and it was lovely to spend time with members of The Brain Charity community even if it couldn’t be with them physically in our building. We are hoping that our next Head Matters event, scheduled for Wednesday, 17th March 2021, can take place in our headquarters in Liverpool city centre - but wherever it is held we feel sure it will be another success.