About The Brain Charity
Why we’re needed
Our most precious memories, hidden dreams and the thousands of subtle differences that make us who we are, are all housed in one amazing, unique and fascinating place.
The human brain is the most complex structure in the universe, and the most important part of who we are. It runs our whole world, moves our body, makes our decisions and even tells us when to smile.
For someone newly diagnosed with a neurological condition, life may become very lonely and frightening. People can lose control of their lives and many face unemployment, poverty and social isolation.
At The Brain Charity, we champion neurodiversity and help anyone affected by a neurological condition to pick up the pieces so they can rebuild their lives and achieve their potential.
Currently, about 40% of our staff members have a neurological condition or are neurodivergent. It is really important to us that the lived experience of our client group is reflected in our employee team.
What we do
There are more than 600 different conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord or nervous system. These are called neurological conditions.
A neurological condition is any condition that affects the brain, spinal cord or nervous system.
The Brain Charity is the only charity in the UK to be here for every single one of them.
Each year, we provide practical help, emotional support, and social activities to thousands of people from all over the UK. We support anyone based in the UK who has a neurological condition, and their family, friends, and carers too.
The Brain Charity opened in Liverpool in 1993 out of the recognition there was no support for patients with neurological conditions in the community once they left The Walton Centre, a specialist neurological hospital serving the North West of England.
We have since grown to a team of 52 members of staff and 53 active volunteers. We are proud to be able to say more than half of our staff team and at least 60 per cent of our volunteers have lived experience of neurological conditions.
The need for our services has dramatically increased since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This is due to the mental health impact of the lockdowns, increased unemployment and more people being diagnosed with neurological conditions like long COVID.
If you would like more detailed information about The Brain Charity, click the buttons below for copies of our latest Annual Report, Annual Accounts and Reserves Policy.