boccia at the brain charityIt's like indoor bowls and it's pronounced 'box-yer'.

Boccia is a sport that first started in Ancient Greece (so it's been around a while!) and has now become a Paralympic sport, played by people with neurological conditions. People of all ages and abilities can take part and the game is played in a seated position.

The sport is similar to bowls, but played with light-weight leather balls. The aim is to propel different coloured balls so that they land as closely as possible to a white ball called the 'jack'. You can propel your ball by throwing or kicking it, and if that's not right for you there's also a device that works like a chute that you can use to aim your ball. The game can be played individually, in pairs or teams of three - we tend to play it in teams as it's a lot more fun!

Boccia can help improve your co-ordination and motor skills, and aid concentration. It's a great way of socialising and you don't need any specialist equipment or sports gear to take part. Just wear something comfortable and we’ll provide everything else. Sessions are free and as it's always popular we advise that you book your place on 0151 298 2999. Carers are more than welcome to come along too.

Please have a look at our online calendar to see when you can next play Boccia at The Brain Charity.

Arts and Crafts at The Brain CharityOur very popular craft club meets every Tuesday 10.30 - midday. We have lots of different crafts for you to try including sewing, embroidery, mosaic-making, knitting, and card-making - the list is endless and we always welcome new ideas from club members.

Craft club is a great opportunity to meet new people in a relaxed and welcoming environment. There's no pressure to complete projects, and there's plenty of help available from our craft leader if you're just starting out. Beginners are very welcome as are experienced crafters, we thoroughly believe in teaching and supporting each other and it's probably one of our noisiest weekly activities with all the chatting and laughter that goes on!

Lots of crafters have said that working on craft projects helps with hand-to-eye co-ordination and fine-motor skills and that many new friendships have been made. Craft club members often stay on to enjoy lunch at our café afterwards so they can continue their conversations!

Being Active: An every day guide for people living with an impairment or health conditionThere are lots of reasons why a bit of physical exercise is good for you! You don't have to run a marathon, but it is important to do some exercise to keep healthy - and just a little bit every day will help you. Washing the car, doing some gardening, or taking the dog for a walk is all really good exercise.

We've all supposed to do half an hour's exercise, most days, if we can. You don't have to do it all in one go - you could always do that half an hour in three ten-minute chunks.

Make sure you choose a form of exercise that suits you - it might be walking, or doing housework - something you can just do at home. Talk to you doctor if you're not sure. Start off slowly and build up the amount of exercise as you get used to it.

Regular exercise is good for your heart and circulation, so it reduces the risk of stroke and of dementia. Exercise improves brain function, memory and concentration - it keeps your brain sharp. Amazingly, physical exercise even makes the part of your brain grow that is to do with memory and learning.

Your brain needs a healthy supply of blood to work properly, and exercise really improves your circulation.

And exercise can help you manage pain by releasing those feel-good hormones - which improve your mood as well. Exercise has been shown to reduce stress and depression, triggering the hormones that work as your body's natural anti-depressants.

Get active with The Brain Charity

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 You can find more information in our library.

As many people are ‘shielding’ from coronavirus and not able to meet together in person just now, The Brain Charity has moved many of our activities online.

All of our online activities are free to attend and open to anyone affected by a neurological condition.

Here are some of our regular events:

Virtual coffee mornings

Our virtual coffee mornings provide the usual mix of advice, fun and friendship that you'll find at our regular monthly coffee mornings in at The Brain Charity, but in a fortnightly online chat room.

As well as providing you with any information you might need, these friendly, relaxed groups are a good place to catch up with news and find out about what's coming up at The Brain Charity too.

Virtual coffee mornings are on every other Monday from 10.30-11.30 a.m.

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Saturday night social

Pour yourself a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and pull up a seat for our Saturday night social. Our volunteer Kim welcomes guests to her virtual home every other Saturday and you're invited too!

This online get together is a great place for a good natter about anything and everything and you’re guaranteed a few laughs along the way, so why not let your hair down and join us next time?

Our Saturday night social is on alternate Saturdays from 7-9 p.m.

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Shared reading group

Our online shared reading group offers everyone the chance to enjoy a good yarn from the comfort of their own home. Just grab a brew and drop in in to one of our regular Monday lunchtime meet ups.

The way shared reading works is that the group leader reads out a short story, poem or part of a play and then we discuss the thoughts and feelings it sparks in us. Our group leader, from the reader organisation, is expert in cultivating a safe, creative space where each member feels valued, energised and listened to.

You won’t be expected to read out loud and there's no homework or advance preparation required - you just login* and take part on the day.

Shared reading is on Mondays from 12.30-13.30 p.m.

 

The Brain Charity are adding more online activities to this list all the time, so check out our events calendar to keep up-to-date or phone our helpline for more information.

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Getting together at The Brain Charity

dance for Parkinsons at The Brain CharityYou are not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of people affected by neurological conditions and because they understand exactly what it feels like, you can be sure that when you come in to see us you will be greeted with a warm welcome, a non-judgemental smile and a lovely friendly atmosphere.

It might be that you are fed up with being indoors all the time and want to get out a bit more or perhaps that you fancy trying out something new.

Whatever the reason you decide to come along and see us, just knowing that you are in the same boat as others and that you can lean on each other for support, can, in itself give you a massive boost.

And you never know, you could meet a new friend for life.

Click on the links below to find out more about our social activities:

Coronavirus: All centre-based group activities organised and run by the The Brain Charity will cease until further notice.

April 4th: Our coffee mornings have moved online! Contact us if you want to join in.

Our tea, coffee and company mornings run 10.30-12.00pm on the first Monday of each month (except Bank Holidays).

These mornings are a great chance to get out and about. The building is fully accessible with disabled parking spaces and all facilities at ground level. There's also a lift to the first floor library should you want to visit it afterwards. It's all very relaxed and informal with free refreshments, snacks and interesting guest speakers, there's staff and volunteers on hand as well to offer advice and information if you require it. You can come and go as you please and you don't have to stay for the whole session unless you want to. We aim to have fun and as is usual for The Brain Charity there's always lots of laughter!

Our visitors like being able to meet other people who have neurological conditions, and as one of our regulars says "it's nice to be amongst people who understand what you're going through", many friendships are made at coffee mornings and people often decide to join in other activities that the charity offers such as English and Maths classes, Confidence Building courses, Community Choir, Craft Club, and Walking Club (you can find out about these if you look at our events calendar or call us on 0151 298 2999).

You don't need to book, just come along and join in anytime between 10.30 and 12.00. Our café is open afterwards where you can buy lunch and keep on chatting with friends old and new, so come along and say hello, we know you’ll enjoy it!

The Brain Charity choir formed in February 2016 and is going from strength to strength. Anyone is welcome to come along and join in, we have a mixture of male and female members, and it's a friendly group with no pressure to sing solos - but if you're a budding Adele or Sam Smith we’d be very keen for you to have a go!

Choir practice runs 5.00-6.00pm every other Monday and there's free tea and coffee (or water) to keep those vocal cords lubricated. There's lots of laughter in between the singing and lots of friendships have been formed.

Clinical research into the benefits of singing when you have a neurological condition have shown that it can elevate your mood, improve general health and wellbeing and give your brain a good workout, thus improving your quality of life. Apart from anything else, it's really good fun and it's a great feeling when a song comes together, it's something you can be really proud of.

No need to book just turn up, you'll be assured of a warm welcome!

Delicious Food at The Brain Charity Café

The Brain Food Café is reopening for business, and we can’t wait to welcome you back!

Currently, our café is open for one-hour advance bookings only, from 10.30am until 2.30pm, to allow for social distancing and cleaning between customers. Lunch is served from 12 noon with drinks and snacks available before then. We are taking pre-orders from a reduced menu – including specials like scouse, cheese and onion pie and quiche – to limit food waste. Lunch classics like sandwiches, toasties and baked potatoes will all still be available.

Diners will sit at their own tables, spaced at least one metre apart, and hand sanitiser is provided upon arrival.

We will be offering sandwiches, jacket potatoes, brunch dishes and the delicious daily specials you’ve missed.

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If you would like to enquire about making a reservation, please fill in the form below and one of our team will be in touch to confirm your booking and food choices.. Please note, your table has not been booked until you receive written or telephone confirmation from The Brain Charity. Online bookings must be made before 3pm on the previous working day.

If you’re looking to make a same day reservation, please ring 0151 298 2999 as otherwise your request may not be seen in time.

The Brain Food Café is happy to welcome you back after having been certified Covid-safe following an independent inspection by the Foursquare Group:

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Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 10.30am – 2.30pm 

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Walking is a great way to exercise - it's free, ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels, and one of the easiest ways to become more active and healthier. Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke, and some cancers.

The Brain Charity's walking group

Walking in a group is a great way to start walking, make new friends, and stay motivated. Our beginners' walk is aimed at those who do little or no exercise and who want to start being more active. The pace will be gentle and the aim as always is to have fun and enjoy yourself!

If you'd like to come along, make sure you're wearing comfortable footwear and bring a waterproof just in case - we advise that you wear layers so you can warm up/cool down as you go, and make sure you bring water to stay hydrated. We will walk short distances to begin with, increasing as the group progresses.
Anyone is welcome to join us, please call 0151 298 2999 for more information about routes/accessibility for those who use mobility aids.

Check our online calendar for news of when The Brain Charity's walking group will meet next.