updated January 2019

Looking for Health Information Online: How do we how who to trust?
https://tinyurl.com/yb968bvl (guidance from University Hospital Aintree)

  • NHS - Information on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living.
  • Cochrane Library - a collection of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.
  • NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) - provides guidelines for the NHS
  • Healthwatch England - The national consumer champion in health and care.
  • Patient Information Forum - Campaigns to ensure that health information is central to high quality, patient-centred care.
  • Patient UK - Provides non-medical people in UK with information on health and diseases.
  • Healthline.com - provides trusted health information, free tools, news and doctor-reviewed resources.
  • NICE Evidence - aimed at NHS staff but still useful for in-depth information

There are lots of different causes for headaches. They can be caused by problems such as stress, colds, eye strain, or side-effects of medication.

But sometimes headaches can be a symptom of a neurological problem. Some neurological conditions may have symptoms of chronic, persistent or severe headaches - these include Cluster Headaches and Migraine, Subarachnoid Haemorrhage (SAH), and head injury.

If you keep having problems with headaches you should get in touch with your doctor.

More information

The A.B.C. of Headache Our library in Liverpool has many information resources on pain, and on conditions which cause headache and pain. This includes a copy of the bookThe ABC of Headache edited by Anne MacGregor and Alison Frith. Or look for this book in your local library.

The Carer's Handbook: Essential Information and Support for All Those in a Caring Role

Virtual cuppa for carers organised by Mobilise: carers having regular supportive chats online

April 23 Coronavirus guidance from CarersUK

Coronavirus: Temporary carer’s allowance easements in response to cv-19 outbreak (Disability Rights UK)

COVID-19: Supporting autistic people and people with learning disabilities (Social Care Institute for Excellence)

Carers Week June 8-14 2020: Making caring visible

A carer looks after a loved one who needs help with daily living. They don't do this as a paid job. It is important to remember that carers have rights too, including young carers. These pages list links to where you can get lots of information and advice:

The Brain Charity delivers the Carers Advocacy service for residents who live within the boundaries of Liverpool City Council. By the way, Liverpool CVS has a free interactive online parenting guides for Liverpool residents.

Supported By B.B.C. Children in NeedThe Brain Changer Arts Project

Thanks to generous funding from BBC Children in Need, The Brain Charity is providing dance and art workshops for children and young people, with Physiotherapy Through Dance and Occupational Therapy Through Art.

To find out more or suggest a child who might benefit from The Brain Changer Arts Project, fill out the form below and we'll be in touch.

If you would like to also receive general updates about the work The Brain Charity does, tick ' please send me everything'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus: Liverpool Adult Learning Service have paused all of their classes at the Charity for the time being. Thus includes our English, Maths, Creative Writing, Photography and Computer Classes.

I.T. skills course

Find out about using the World-Wide Web, email, Microsoft Office, 'apps', 'tablets', and how to access free online services in 'the Cloud'.

This weekly course is free if you're on benefits. Check our events diary for dates and times.

Those who already have some computer skills can come and learn about new developments in I.T. and refresh their skills.

If you would like to attend this group please let us know by calling us on 0151 298 2999 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Provided by Liverpool City Council Adult Learning Services

At The Brain Charity's libraryOur national enquiry service offers information and advice on any aspect of living with a neurological condition.

If you want to know more about a neurological condition, if you are looking for support groups in your area, or need advice on any aspect of living with a condition, then contact our Information and Advice Team. Our information and advice team are experienced in dealing with a wide range of enquiries and are available to provide you with information that will assist you to understand the practicalities of living with, or supporting somebody with a neurological condition.

Library and Information Centre

The library at our national centre in Liverpool holds a huge range of books, leaflets and other items on hundreds of different neurological conditions and specialist, up to date information. We have information on many rare conditions.  And you can look at our library's catalogue on the web - the catalogue is free for anyone to look at.

As a result of a grant from North West Housing Services, we have been able to purchase books as part of the Reading Agency’s Reading Well scheme for people with long-term conditions. 

These are books recommended by health professionals and by people with long term conditions, and include titles such as Rebuilding Your Life after Stroke and Mindfulness for Health, and titles for carers such as The Carer's Handbook and The Selfish Pig’s Guide to Caring. 

We can provide information in alternative formats on request.

Your passport to reading:  Libraries Week, 5-10 October 2020

At The Walton Centre

If you are visiting The Walton Centre as an outpatient or if you are staying there for treatment, we have staff on-site who can offer you practical help, information and emotional support.

Other information and advice services

We have also put together some useful links to websites which have information on a wide range of neurological information and general health topics, plus medical search engines, and self-help organisations.

reading well ss

Proud to be a PIF member. Patient Information   Matrix quality standard for information advice and guidance services. Approved by the Guidance Accreditation Board

  • Motivation, willingness and enthusiasm are often the most important qualities that a potential employer looks for in a candidate; studies have shown that a majority of businesses would be more interested in hiring someone who exhibited these qualities rather than someone who did not demonstrate them but possessed more skills.
  • Make sure you research the employer as thoroughly as possible. Company websites are your friend here: familiarise yourself with the business’ history, its values and its aims.
  • On the day of your interview it is important to be smart and punctual.
  • You may want to apply for a Disabled Person’s bus pass to ensure you are able to get to the interview easily and on time.
  • An employer is not normally allowed to ask questions related to your health and disability before they offer you a position.
  • You are under no obligation to disclose your disability during the interview process.
  • According to the 2010 Equality Act, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a candidate on the basis of their disability.
  • Prepare for the job interview beforehand. You may want to rehearse some key phrases.
  • During the interview, you will want to be confident and polite: speak clearly, make eye contact with your interviewer. They will likely be impressed if you ask questions about the job or the company, since it demonstrates a genuine interest. When the interview is over, offer them a handshake and thank them for their time.
  • Common job interview questions include:
    “Why did you apply for this role?”
    “Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses.”
    “Can you give us an example of when you demonstrated [a particular desired skill]?
    It is important to be as prepared as possible for any questions the interviewer might ask you, but don’t let yourself be thrown by anything unexpected, and don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if you don’t fully understand a question.
  • Questions you could ask at the end include:
    “How is staff performance measured and evaluated?”
    “What kinds of training could I expect to receive as an employee?”
    “What development opportunities are there within the company?”
  • If you are unsuccessful, it can be useful to ask the employer to provide you with feedback. This will help you to review what went well and what didn’t, so you can be even more prepared for the next opportunity.
    Don’t let yourself get disheartened!

Visitors reading books on library landingOur Library and Information Centre provides information to anyone with a neurological condition, their family, friends, health and social care professionals.

We have an extensive library of resources on a wide range of neurological conditions, patient information, information for carers, as well as information raising awareness for health & social care professionals. Items available in the library include books, reports, newsletters, DVD's, autobiographies, journals and magazines, as well as material produced by organisations which support people with specific neurological conditions.

  • You can see what's in our library and information centre by looking at our online catalogue - you don't need a password or anything, anyone can have a look.

We also have a collection of materials covering the various issues and aspects of living with a neurological conditions such as accessing welfare benefits, managing physical pain, finding the right mobility aids, holidays, insurance and getting the health and social care support you need.

No charge is made, nor membership required, for you to use our library. Some of our stock is for reference-only - however, there is a large amount of materials which can be taken away free of charge.

We can make information available in alternative formats on request.

There is free wi-fi and access to the Internet. We also have two public access computers. Information is also available on our website.

Lots of information is now available on the Internet. If you are not confident with computers or IT – our team can help you to access the information that you need.

Photocopying facilities are available for a small charge.

Contact us

  • In person - the library is open 9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
    The centre and the library are fully accessible for people with disabilities.
  • Telephone – 0151 298 2999
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Your passport to reading:  Libraries Week, 5-10 October 2020

 
 


Supported by: Northwest Housing Services

Coronavirus: Liverpool Adult Learning Service have paused all of their classes at the Charity for the time being. Thus includes our English, Maths, Creative Writing, Photography and Computer Classes.

Everyday mathsWould you like to improve your maths skills? Maybe you need to re-learn, or learning maths at school was difficult for you, or perhaps you want to learn more and build on the skills you already have? Whatever the reason, we’re here to help. We run a course that is tailored to your individual needs and run at a pace that suits you so that you can achieve the results you want.

All teaching takes place in a relaxed and calm environment with the emphasis on individual learning - you don’t need to worry about comparing yourself to your other classmates or putting your hand up to answer a question, it's all about what works best for you, and our teachers have lots of experience in teaching those who find maths a difficult subject.

The course aims to provide you with an Entry Level to Level 2 Certificate in Maths which gives you relevant mathematical skills that you can use in your day-to-day life. The course is suitable for all ages, and is run by the Liverpool Adult Learning Service - anyone is welcome to come along. The class takes place on a Friday, 9.30-12.00. It's very popular though, so you will need to book a place by calling 0151 298 2999.

Liverpool Adult Learning Service

updated January 2019

Looking for Health Information Online: How do we how who to trust?
https://tinyurl.com/yb968bvl (guidance from University Hospital Aintree)

  • NICE Evidence Search - provides access to selected and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health.
  • Cochrane Library - databases of high-quality research evidence.
  • MedLine Plus - a database produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  • Medscape - U.S. site. A clinical reference features up-to-date, searchable, peer-reviewed medical articles.
  • PubMed - Provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, provides free and simple access to abstracts in healthcare and science-related topics.

The Brain Charity's library at our centre in Liverpool includes many books and other resouces for parents and carers, including the Contact charity's book The Helpful Guide for Families with Disabled Children. There are some books for children and young people too.

You can find more advice and support if you follow some of these links:

Finding support

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The Helpful Guide for families with disabled childrenCharities

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Thanks to generous funding from BBC Children in Need, we are providing free dance and art workshops for children and young people, with Physiotherapy through Dance and Occupational Therapy through Art and Craft.

Effect of coronavirus on people living with dementia

Huge steps have been taken music-based therapy for people with dementia in recent years. You may have seen programs like ‘Our Dementia Choir’ with Vicky McClure or the Alzheimer’s documentary ‘Alive Inside - a story of Music and Memory’ - which show the amazing effects that music can have on people living with dementia.

Singing dementia workshopWhy does music help? Findings show that musical memory regions in the brain seem to be preserved, even as dementia progresses, and that music activates the brain across different pathways from those of speech. In our music-based dementia therapy workshops in Liverpool we have seen that people can recall lyrics to songs even when they have lost the capacity to speak in full sentences, or that people with no verbal communication at all start to engage in these therapy sessions, responding to the music by nodding along and tapping their feet.

Dementia support at The Brain Charity in Liverpool

It’s not unfair to say that living with dementia can be frightening, isolating and often bewildering. Being in a group of people - for anyone - can sometimes be an anxiety provoking experience. But through our music-based dementia therapy workshops, we see that joining in with the music – with the beat or the lyrics – is infectious, and once participants have joined a session, even the shyest want to return! We have a wonderful team of singers, dancers, professional speech & language therapists and physiotherapists who welcome participants and make sure that they have a safe and enjoyable experience.

In the workshops, we sing and move to fun, up-tempo pop songs and slower melodic tunes. We are happy to take musical suggestions, and our team of session leaders make sure that every taste can be accounted for!

The Brain Charity runs two workshops specifically for people with dementia in Liverpool:

Physiotherapy for dementia through dance

Speech & Language Therapy for dementia through singing

 

dementia project at The Brain Charity 32330We are starting to see first-hand the incredibly beneficial effects. Not only does music have the possibility of triggering memory and transporting people to particular moments in their pasts, it evokes emotion – raising heartbeat and stimulating endorphins and other feel-good chemicals in the body.

According to a 2018 commission on Dementia and Music, there is now “…emerging evidence to suggest that music may help to delay the onset of dementia and improve brain function and information recall”. At The Brain Charity, we look at the positive effects of music on communication and mobility. We are constantly working with our service users, occupational therapists and other experts to find the best exercises - not only to aid people in their dementia journey, but to make the journey as joyful as it can be.

How to book a place

To find out more about The Brain Charity's music-based dementia therapy workshops in Liverpool This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call The Brain Charity reception on 0151 298 2999 and ask to speak with Kym. If she's not available, please leave your details and she’ll get back to you as soon as she can.

Thank you to Quilter Cheviot Investment Management for making these music-based dementia therapy workshops in Liverpool possible.Sponsored by Quilter Cheviot

 

See Also:

updated January 2019

Looking for Health Information Online: How do we how who to trust?
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Now watch on YouTube

occupational therapy through art and craft girl with painted hamdsThese free workshops pair the skills of an occupational therapist with a dedicated arts and crafts leader to lead crafts sessions.

Crafting activities assist with dexterity, hand-eye coordination and memory. The workshops are held in a friendly and fun environment and no prior experience is necessary.

All of our experienced workshop leaders are DBS checked and will ensure that the sessions are run in a safe and professional manner.

Each programme runs for 12 weeks in a specific location with hour-long weekly workshops. Parents and carers are welcome to join too.

Previously, each programme of hour-long weekly workshops ran in a specific location, with most taking place in schools in Liverpool.

Due to Covid-19, the project is running via safe, private Zoom video sessions instead.

To book a place or enquire about the workshops contact The Brain Charity on 0151 298 2999 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Supported by B.B.C. Children in Need. Registered charity.The Brain Changer Arts Project

Thanks to generous funding and support from BBC Children in Need, we are providing free dance and art workshops for children and young people, with Physiotherapy through Dance and Occupational Therapy through Art and Craft.

Coronavirus: Liverpool Adult Learning Service have paused all of their classes at the Charity for the time being. Thus includes our English, Maths, Creative Writing, Photography and Computer Classes.

Photography courseIf you'd like to learn to take better pictures, then give our new photography course a try!

Check our online events diary for dates and times.

Most people will be eligible for this course for free if you're on benefits.

To book your place: email our information team or call them free on: 0800 008 6417

Free 12-week dance workshops for people with dementia

For people living with dementia, keeping active can be increasingly difficult as the condition progresses. If you, or someone you know, experiences dementia, you’ll know that the possibility of a fall can cause real concern.

Physiotherpay through dance for dementia workshop at The Brain Charity in LiverpoolThe Brain Charity in Liverpool, together with a specialist team of physiotherapists and dancers, have developed a set of integrated exercises which are beneficial for mobility and which aim to retain independence for as long as possible. Our physiotherapy through dance workshops for people with dementia in Liverpool focus on maintaining participants’ balance and flexibility, to minimise the risk of trips and falls in the future.

At The Brain Charity, we know that not only is it important to remain engaged in social activities – the advantages of staying as active as possible are profound. And now, new research into the benefits of music on health and wellbeing show that participating in music-based therapy activities has positive effects on mood, decreases anxiety, but moreover – stimulates different areas of the brain.

As dementia progresses, conversation can become increasingly challenging. When we listen to music, or song, this lights up different areas of our brain than we use by talking. In our dance workshops for people affected by dementia we encourage carer-participant engagement through movement and dance - bringing joy back into communication.

What to expect

  • You will be warmly welcomed into a group of people who are experiencing dementia and memory problems.
  • We’ll be dancing together for about one hour.
  • All bodies are welcome! Dancing is as gentle or as enthusiastic as the participants like.
  • No prior experience necessary!
  • Dance workshops are co-run by professional dance instructors and a qualified physiotherapist.
  • Refreshments provided at the end of the session.
  • Carers are welcome and encouraged to join in.
  • The program will run for 12 weeks to maximize the benefit of the therapy.

Dementia support at The Brain Charity in Liverpool Dance

How to book a place

If you know someone who you think would benefit from our dance workshops for people with dementia in Liverpool, please simply get in touch and we will try to place you on the next available workshop session. 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call The Brain Charity reception on 0151 298 2999 and ask to speak with Kym. If she's not available, please leave your details and she’ll get back to you as soon as she can.

Thank you to Quilter Cheviot Investment Management for making our Physiotherapy through dance workshops for people with dementia in Liverpool possible.Sponsored by Quilter Cheviot

 

See Also:

Now watch on YouTube

Physiotherapy through danceThese free workshops pair the skills of a neuro-physiotherapist and a professional dancer to design and deliver dance routines in which the moves are based on wide-ranging and high impact physiotherapy exercises. 

Dancing improves motor control and balance. As physical exercise it can reduce stress and increase serotonin levels; a hormone which is linked to our feelings of wellbeing and happiness.

These workshops aim to improve mobility in a safe and fun environment.

All of our experienced workshop leaders are DBS checked and will ensure that the sessions are run in a safe and professional manner.

Each programme runs for 12 weeks in a specific location with hour-long weekly workshops. Parents and carers are welcome to join too.

Previously, each programme of hour-long weekly workshops ran in a specific location, with most taking place in schools in Liverpool.

Due to Covid-19, the project is running via safe, private Zoom video sessions instead.

To book a place or enquire about the workshops contact The Brain Charity on 0151 298 2999 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Supported by B.B.C. Children in Need. Registered charity.The Brain Changer Arts Project

Thanks to generous funding from BBC Children in Need, we are providing free dance and art workshops for children and young people, with Physiotherapy through Dance and Occupational Therapy through Art and Craft.

If a loved one has a condition which means they are not able to manage their own financial affairs or make decisions for themselves, you can support them by taking on this kind of responsibility for them. If you are granted Power of Attorney, you can act on someone else's behalf. If you are appointed someone's Deputy by the Court of Protection, you can make decisions on their behalf.

Here are some factsheets about the process and how to apply:

You can also apply to become an Appointee to manage DWP payments without Power of Attorney:

At The Brain Charity we can recommend solicitors who can provide specialist legal advice.

Help For Carers

Practical help when you need it most

Living with a neurological condition can throw up endless challenges and they might sometimes leave you feeling like you have a mountain to climb.

Money problems are often at the root of many people’s worries and this can be born out of losing your job or being refused the welfare benefits you need.

Finding the equipment you need, knowing where you can find a specialist lawyer or even just figuring out the best place to go on holiday can be a mine field.

To help you with these and other practical problems we have set up a range of services:

Don't forget, our A-Z of conditions includes information about Autism, Dementia, Fibromyalgia, and Migraine and Cluster Headaches, as well as many other neurological conditions, and where you can find more support if you have one of those conditions.

  • And our website includes a section on Brain Resources with details of online multi-media information and resources to help you keep your brain healthy.

  • Employment is not solely about income. It also provides daily structure, a sense of purpose, and contact with other people – invaluable things for sufferers of disability.
  • With there being more than seven million disabled people of working age in the UK (18% of the working population), businesses cannot afford to ignore this vast pool of talent.
  • Studies in fact show that employers who are disability-smart (not only being aware of the needs of people with disability, but actively recruiting them) and embrace diversity tend to perform better and cultivate stronger, more lasting customer relationships than those who do not.
  • The internet is a fantastic resource for potential jobs nowadays. You can find a number of useful job search engines, such as Universal Jobmatch, Indeed, Reed, CV Library and Monster, amongst others.
  • LinkedIn is a helpful facility for contacting employers, since you can create a profile that explicitly advertises your past employment history, you skills, and what types of job you are searching for.
  • Companies are also increasingly using social media to source new employees, with vacancies advertised on Facebook and Twitter. Be aware that some employers may explore your social media profiles, so review your profile and privacy settings.
  • Don’t have access to the internet? Your local library will be able to assist you.
  • Look out for the ‘disability confident’ symbol on job adverts, also known as the ‘two ticks’ symbol! This symbol demonstrates that the employer is committed to hiring disabled people, and that you will be guaranteed an interview if you meet the basic conditions of the role. More information can be found on Disability Confident, or at your local Jobcentre.

updated January 2019

Looking for Health Information Online: How do we how who to trust?
Looking for Health Information Online: How do we how who to trust?
Download this leaflet https://tinyurl.com/yb968bvl (guidance from University Hospital Aintree)

Support

  • Contact - Charity giving support, advice, information for families with disabled children.
  • NHS Service Search - Search by postcode for local NHS services.
  • Carers UK - The voice of carers - the only carer-led organisation working for carers.
  • Carers Direct - a national information, advice and support service for carers in England, with a helpline.
  • Counselling Directory - a resource for those looking to find a local counsellor, or to get general information on counselling and its uses.
  • Health Talk Online - personal experiences and stories of of health issues and illness.
  • Self Help UK - provides a database of over 1,000 self help organisations, patient support groups and charities across the UK that provide support, guidance and advice to patients, carers and their relatives.

Free NHS-approved apps

Well-being

The importance of finding a specialist solicitor

Over the years we have recognised that many of the people seeking our help are, at one time or another, in need of legal advice and support. It can be extremely hard to find a good quality, reliable solicitor with the specialist expertise needed to support you with a difficult or complex problem.  As a result of this, The Brain Charity decided to assess a number of specialist law firms working within the field in order that we could identify those which we felt would be able to offer our service users a really high quality service.

Qualified and caring legal professionals to support you and your family

Legal Advice at The Brain Charity

We’ve chosen to recommend Potter Rees Dolan Solicitors and Fletchers Solicitors, both leading North West companies with a national reach, and we are confident that they will have the knowledge, skills and customer service levels that you need and should expect. We can assure you that both and Fletchers and Potter Rees Dolan are understanding, friendly and above all excellent within their chosen specialist areas.

Power of Attorney and Court of Protection issues

It is very distressing when a loved one is so unwell that they are not able to manage their own financial affairs or make decisions for themselves anymore. The legal specialists we recommend can guide you through this process step by step explaining how the system works and what needs to be done at each stage. 

legal advice at The Brain CharityMedical Negligence

When we are ill or injured it is the medical profession that we turn to for help. Most of us have the highest levels of trust in their judgement and expertise. However mistakes can, and sometimes do, happen. If you have suffered because of the actions of someone in the medical profession then please seek advice from one of our solicitors to see if they can help.

Serious Injury

If you or a loved one have been injured in a case such as a road traffic accident, a criminal assault or an accident at work it is really important that you seek out specialist legal support to help you make a claim for compensation and for any future rehabilitation costs. This can be a very complex area of the law and so it is important to seek out the right help and to get it in place as soon as possible. Both Potter Rees Dolan and Fletchers offer a no-win no-fee service, and will support you and your family throughout the process.

Our preferred law firms may also be able to help you in a variety of other areas including: Wills and Probate, Cosmetic Negligence, Employment & Family law etc.

We can assure you that both Fletchers Solicitors and Potter Rees Dolan Solicitors are understanding, friendly and above all excellent within their chosen area of expertise. They pride themselves in giving a first class service and will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for each and every client.

There is no requirement for you to speak to or use the legal specialists we recommend, but please get in touch using the details below if you would like us to help you contact our legal team:

Tel: 0151 556 3376
or   0151 298 2999 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fletchers Solicitors

Potter Rees Dolan: Serious Injury Solicitors

 

 

 

 

Free 12-week dance workshops for people with dementia

Speech & Language Therapy through Singing for dementia workshopHaving difficulty speaking, and feeling frustrated at losing words, can be a daily experience for people living with dementia. At The Brain Charity in Liverpool we regularly work with Speech & Language therapists and have now developed a new set of singing-based exercises for people with dementia and carers.

During our singing workshops for people with dementia, we use different interaction techniques to allow all participants to communicate, regardless of how much they can articulate, or how well they can sing! After the workshops, participants express an improvement in their mood and excitement at joining in the following week.

The effects of singing on the brain are, by now, well acknowledged by research. At The Brain Charity, we know that the positive impact of singing activities can’t be underestimated for people living with dementia. Not only does getting involved in our singing workshops for people with dementia in Liverpool empower participants to use their voices, it provides the opportunity to engage in various exercises and techniques that strengthen the muscles of the mouth too.

Dementia support at The Brain Charity in Liverpool singing

How to book a place

If you – or someone you know – would benefit from taking part in these singing workshops for people with dementia in Liverpool, please simply get in touch and we will try to place you on the next available workshop session. 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call The Brain Charity reception on 0151 298 2999 and ask to speak with Kym. If she's unavailable, please leave your details and she’ll get back to you as soon as she can.

What to expect

  • You will be warmly welcomed into a group of people who are experiencing dementia and memory problems.
  • We’ll be singing together for about one hour.
  • Different possibilities of singing are welcome! And we love including participants favourite songs in the workshops.
  • No prior experience necessary!
  • Singing workshops are co-run by professional singing instructors and a qualified speech & language therapist.
  • Refreshments provided at the end of the session.
  • Carers are welcome and encouraged to join.
  • The program will run for 12 weeks to maximize the benefit of the therapy.

 

Thank you to Quilter Cheviot Investment Management for making these singing workshops for people with dementia in Liverpool possible.Sponsored by Quilter Cheviot

 

See Also:

Supported by B.B.C. Children in Need. Registered charity. Thanks to generous funding from BBC Children in Need, The Brain Charity has launched The Brain Changer Arts Project - free workshops that harness the power of the arts to help hundreds of young people with neurological conditions.

The fun, innovative and rewarding sessions, which are currently running as online video classes, provide Physiotherapy through Dance and Occupational Therapy through Art and Craft.

These activities stimulate multiple parts of the brain - dancing improves motor control and balance, can reduce stress and increases serotonin levels while crafting activities assist with dexterity, hand-eye coordination and memory.

The fun workshops are open to children of any age, from any part of the UK and with any neurological condition, as well as their parents and carers.

Physiotherapy through Dance Occupational therapy through Art and Craft

To find out more or suggest a child who might benefit from The Brain Changer Arts Project, fill out the form below and we'll be in touch.

If you would like to also receive general updates about the work The Brain Charity does, tick ' please send me everything'.

 

 

Universal Credit (UC) is the new welfare benefit for people of working age who need help with housing and living costs.  Universal Credit is combining six existing welfare benefits into one new one.  This includes replacing jobseeker’s allowance, tax credits, and housing benefit. This new benefit is ‘means-tested’, so your income and savings need to be below a certain amount before you can claim it.

Important: You can only apply for Universal Credit online
www.gov.uk/universal-credit/how-to-claim
If you’re not on the Internet, you can go online at The Brain Charity’s information centre in Liverpool, or at your local library or your local Jobcentre.

If you need help applying, you can call the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 5644, Textphone: 0800 328 1344. Monday-Friday, 8.00am - 6.00pm. Calls to these numbers are free.

UC is usually paid monthly, but you should be able to request for it to be paid fortnightly.

You won’t get any payments for five of six weeks after you’ve applied for Universal Credit. The DWP should ask you if you’ll need any help during this time before you get your first payment of UC.

The DWP can give you an advanced payment to tide you over while you’re waiting, but this would just be a loan.  You won’t have to pay any interest on this loan. The DWP will take back re-payments out of your UC every month for a few months, until you have paid back all of the loan.  You have to contact your local Jobcentre to ask for an advanced payment.

Problems applying

It can be difficult just applying for Universal Credit, but you can get benefits advice from The Brain Charity, and from these organisations listed here.

Problems with accessibility

Problems with sanctions

If you're deaf or hard of hearing you'll always get an interpreter at a tribunal. If you can't understand English, you might be able to get an interpreter from your local council.

Coronavirus: The vast majority of our Information & Advice Officers and Assistants will work from home.

One member of the Info & Advice team will be on the premises each day to pass on any messages and to mail out hard copy information to clients from the Library.

Benefits advice

At The Brain Charity we know that many people with a neurological condition can find it difficult to find their way through the welfare benefits system, particularly if they have not had experience of it before. We also know that this can be very difficult if someone has difficulty reading, writing or concentrating for long periods.

 Our Welfare Benefits service is there to help you with the following:

  • Finding out what benefits you are entitled to.
  • Supporting you to apply for those benefits.
  • Helping you to appeal against a decision to reduce or remove your benefits if they have been wrongly taken away.

If you would like help from our welfare benefits service, please call The Brain Charity on 0800 008 6417.  We will take your details and arrange for one of our advisors to speak to you.

Alternatively please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your telephone number and we can call you back to talk about it.

The Brain Charity's Employment Support Service is also on hand to offer help and advice on employment issues, retraining, or finding meaningful alternatives to work.

Useful links

This is a video from the DWP about PIP:

A word cloud of neurological conditions

Understanding Your Brain link: Summary of guidance from the Association of British Nurologists around coronavirus and neurological problems (Brain & Spine Foundation, May 2020)

A neurological condition is any condition that affects the brain, spinal cord or nervous system. Some neurological conditions appear suddenly, such as brain injury or stroke; some you are born with, such as epilepsy; and others develop over time, such as multiple sclerosis.

Your brain and nervous system control every part of your body, so a problem there can have many serious consequences.

There are 10,000,000 people in the UK living with a neurological condition which has a significant impact on their lives.

Over 1,000,000 people (2% of the UK population) are disabled by their neurological condition.

Approximately 850,000 people in the UK care for someone with a neurological condition.

What is the difference between a neurological condition and a psychological condition?

A neurological condition (or neurological disorder) is a medical problem affecting the brain, the spinal column, or the nervous system.

Neurological conditions are not the same as psychological conditions, which are problems with feelings and emotions. But neurological disorders can cause problems with memory or thinking, or lead to mental health issues like anxiety and depression. For this reason The Brain Charity also offers counselling for those who feel they need it.

Brain scans

The Walton Centre M.R. scannerYour doctor might arrange for you to have a CT scan or an MRI scan (sometimes called fMRI). You will be just have to lie still for a short while on scanning table, while a special gadget uses magnetism to take pictures of your brain. It is not like an X-ray, it doesn't use radiation. Image: The Walton Centre.

More about neurological conditions

If you need help living with your neurological condition, we offer counselling and other emotional support at our centre in Liverpool.

Guidebook for Young Carers (Children who provide care)If you are under 18 and you care for someone then you are a young carer. If you're over 16 you may be entitled to Carer's Allowance. Carers have rights too, including young carers.

June 8th: Channel 4 News is doing a survey on the experiences of Young Carers during lockdown.

 

 

Here are some links about the rights of young carers and the support that is available.

Links

Our library includes information for children and young people, including the Guidebook for Young Carers (Children who provide care).

Help for carers