‘’Making a difference makes me proud’’ In 2006 I became an inpatient at The Royal Liverpool Hospital. I had been having excruciating headaches for months and also I had lost a lot of feeling in my left hand side. I couldn’t use my arm very well and my walking was very strange with a limp. After having a CT Scan I was told I’d had a stroke. I was devastated. I was due to have my 34th birthday that week and I thought ‘I can’t have had a stroke, only old people have strokes’. I really thought my life was over. I left hospital 2 days later with a leaflet on Ischaemic strokes and was told that a physiotherapist would visit me, which was great, but when I asked for help I was told that the only help available was for older people not young people. At that point I felt totally alone in the world. I realised I would need help to live my life again and began searching the internet for organisations and came across The Brain Charity. As the years went on life got harder and harder. I was still experiencing debilitating migraines for which I was back and forth to my neurologist to try different medications. I was eventually diagnosed with chronic and hemiplegic migraine. This kind of condition makes it extremely difficult to stay in work as I was always ill and I was medically retired in December 2014. IImmediately after New Year I asked at The Brain Charity if I could start volunteering and I began the very next day. I love every single minute I am at the charity it feels like home to me as everybody is so welcoming and warm, it’s just amazing. I really wanted to help people like myself who are debilitated and disabled by migraine so I decided to set up my own group at The Brain Charity. In Feb 2015 the group was born.
“I love every single minute I am at the charity, it feels like home”
I love being able to support people in the same boat as me, and knowing I can make a difference to other people makes me proud. I hate the conditions that I have but I am glad I can put my experiences to good use for other people. I’m grateful every day for the opportunities The Brain Charity has given to me and the new lease of life I have been given here.
Expenditure has risen, as planned, alongside income with significant investment in the delivery of services and investment in our building - most noticeably the commissioning of our new lift. As always, we are totally indebted to our amazing team of volunteers who work in all areas of our organisation from supporting people at The Walton Centre, offering counselling and running key communications activities. We estimate that they have committed over 15,000 hours of volunteering at The Brain Charity over the course of the year amounting to an extra £105,000 of extra resource to the charity.
Sponsorship £234,875 Grants £154,084 Trading Income £133,901 Donations £73,962 Fundraising & Events £31,639 Investments £10,301 Other £2,416
Total Income £641,178
Providing Services £182,221 Premises Costs £135,062 Trading Activities £126,025 Infrastructure £120,582 Social Security, Pension & HR £47,569 Raising Funds £29,528 Professional & Investment Fees £12,205 Fixed Assest gain £(31,280)
Total Expenditure £621,912
The Brain Charity is registered as a charity (No: 1114999) and a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (No: 5741930) Registered office: The Brain Charity, Norton Street, Liverpool, L3 8LR T: 0151 298 2999 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are 10 million people in the UK living with a neurological condition which has a significant impact on their lives.
The Brain Charity
Health & Wellbeing have been high on our agenda with Zumba sessions, Boccia, Tai Chi and a weekly walking group all being made available to our service users over the last year. We have a policy of never charging our clients for any of our services and we are proud to be able to continue to stand by this.
Donations to the charity, our fundraising events and our income from grants have all increased this year making it a record year for fundraising. Our investments in both fundraising and communications have really helped and we are pleased to report that our trading income is also higher due in part to our café’s rise in popularity.
Kim Hughes, Volunteer
2016-2017 has seen another busy period of growth for The Brain Charity with the organisation now able to offer many more services such as stress and relaxation therapies, arts based activities and physical exercise classes. We are also really pleased to report that we now have more capacity within several of our existing services such as our Information & Advice and Counselling.
Once again we have had a very successful year with our accounts showing a significant rise in income and expenditure. We are delighted to say that our charity is growing and therefore able to help more people.
Over one million people (2% of the UK population) are disabled by their neurological condition. The Brain Charity offers emotional support, practical help and social activities to anyone with a neurological condition and to their family, friends and carers. Carolyn
Despite the growth in services and the amount of support the charity delivers, many of our activities still carry a waiting list and this is despite little or no promotion of the help on offer. This points to the fact that there are huge levels of unmet need within the community fuelling the charity’s ambition to grow. With support from the Postcode Lottery, our café has begun to offer a menu of healthy eating created specifically with foods that help to maintain a healthy brain. And, even more exciting is the launch of our very own specially blended loose leaf tea range with a mix of ingredients specially developed for people with neurological conditions.
The Brain Charity offers a range of services within our Centre on Norton Street, Liverpool such as Counselling, Carers Advocacy, a Community Café and Employment support. Alongside our face to face support, we also offer a national telephone and e-mail Information and Advice service.
Each year 200,000 children have an acquired brain injury. It is our ambition to develop our work for children and young people and to be able to offer face to face services in more places so there is no longer a need for anyone to face their problems alone.
Most recently, we have also had the privilege of welcoming eight new young people into paid positions within the charity, funded through ESF. Several of these young people were facing extra barriers to work and we are pleased to report that they have made a fabulous start working in a wide variety of roles across the organisation.
Approximately 850,000 people in the UK care for someone with a neurological condition. National reductions in health, social care and welfare benefits funding have resulted in an increase in demand for our services over the last three years. We have seen our waiting lists increase significantly particularly in the areas of counselling and welfare benefits advice.
Business, Finance & Resources Manager
We work with hundreds of people each month that are directly affected by these cuts and our own research shows that the issues caused by these reductions, such as poverty and social isolation, are further exacerbated by deep-rooted feelings of discrimination, loneliness and worry about the future. Sue
As the only national charity which supports individuals with any neurological condition, including the rarest of conditions, we are the only place to turn to.