Coronavirus: English, Maths and Computer Classes are cancelled for the time being. As far as we know from Liverpool Adult Learning Service they will continue to run Maths & Photography classes for the time being ( Photography, Creative Writing).

We have lots of activities taking place all through the week at The Brain Charity’s base on Norton Street in Liverpool. They are free to attend for anyone affected by a neurological condition as well as their family and carers.

* Advanced booking is needed for the courses marked in red *

Please check our online calendar, or contact The Brain Charity information team for more details.

Monday

Tuesday

  • Craft Club
    Tuesdays 10:30am-noon
  • Physical Exercise at Greenbank
    Tuesdays 11am-noon  - free pickup from The Brain Charity at 10.30am

Wednesday

  • Knit & Natter
    Wednesdays 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Creative Writing
    Wednesdays 1pm-3:00pm

Thursday

Friday

  • Maths Class *
    Fridays 09:30am-noon
  • Activity Bingo
    Fridays 11am-12pm
  • Poetry Workshop
    Fridays 2pm-4pm
  • Film Night
    Usually on final Friday of each month 7-9:30pm. Tickets £2.50 on the door, or buy in advance online.
    Please check our online calendar for the date of our next Film Night.

 

*Advance booking is needed for the courses marked in red*, please call us free on 0800 008 6417 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire about availability; you can just turn up for the other events.

Last updated: 16th October 2019

 

Arts and Crafts at The Brain Charity

The Brain Charity offers a range of different arts and crafts activities to people with a neurological condition and to their family, friends and carers.

Painting

Regular art classes are held on a Thursday afternoon in partnership with Liverpool City Council's Adult Education Service. The art class uses different painting techniques such as painting with acrylics, watercolours and oils.  Please check our online calendar for details of the next course.

Craft Club

One of the most popular activities at The Brain Charity is the weekly craft club which is held every Tuesday. Volunteer-led and free to attend, it has more than 20 members who meet once a week to take part in many different projects, including quilting, knitting, crochet and sewing. The craft club produced a quilt which was exhibited at the 2015 quilt convention. However, the craft club is not just about being creative; it provides an opportunity to meet others in a safe and supportive environment and make new friends. Items that are made during craft club are sometimes donated to the charity to sell to raise funds.

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

Useful links

 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:

Brain e-Quiz

The Brain Charity’s regular online quiz night is a real laugh. The questions aren't too hard, so everyone can have a go and there are music and picture rounds to suit all tastes. You can join as a team or come by yourself and we'll put you in a team on the night.

Here is one of our past quizzes to give you an idea of the kind of questions we ask.

As with all of our online activities, new people are warmly welcomed – just get the login details* and turn up on the night.

Brain e-Quiz is on each Thursday from 7-9 p.m.

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Online exercise

If you haven't done any exercise for a while, then these classes are the perfect place to start getting fit again. This inclusive group offers gentle, guided, low-impact routines that are suitable for wheelchair users too. Sessions are guided by professional trainers from Greenbank Sports Academy who are skilled in motivating people to achieve their fitness goals in the best way possible.

Exercise is a great way to de-stress, relax and meet new friends, so if social isolation is getting you down, come and work out with us!

We would like to thank our friends from the North West Ataxia Support Group for opening their sessions to people with any neurological condition not just Ataxia.

Online exercise takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. - noon

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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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Online bingo

Who doesn't enjoy a good game of bingo? Now you can play bingo online with us each Wednesday afternoon. It's free to play and lots of fun as well as offering a safe, welcoming place to chat with friends old and new.

Online bingo is on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m.

Online Karaoke Night

Relax & have some fun at our weekly Karaoke Night. We've got some classic tunes lined up, so warm up your vocal cords and come and sing your heart out with us!

Above all this is a social event; it's about being together and having a good 'night out' while shielding. Don't worry, no one will be forced to get up and sing - you can just come along for a chat and enjoy the vibe.

The Brain Charity's Online Karaoke Night is on Friday's from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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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You will need to use the zoom app or software on your phone, tablet or computer to take part in these groups. This video meeting software is free to download from the Zoom website: www.zoom.us

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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!

The Brain Charity has been helping people with neurological conditions to live healthier and more fulfilling lives for over twenty years. We have now added a new element to our Norton Street base with the launch of our Brain Food Café. You can try out our delicious and nutritious range of meals, sandwiches, snacks and drinks. What an ideal place to meet up.

Our community is very close and now with the café there is always a warm atmosphere in the centre. We provide lots of different support to so many people but the café is a real hub for them all.

The Food

Healthy food at The Brain Charity's cafeAt The Brain Charity we are aware that food can affect our bodies and this, in turn, can either help or hinder neurological conditions. That is why our menu offers a range of foods and ‘superfoods’ that are good for brain health. Our foods are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and fatty acids such as Omega 3 and our daily specials incorporate at least 3 of your 5-a-day fruit and vegetables.

The Brain Charity serves a great selection of food starting from just £1.50. We always have sandwiches in our chiller ready to pick up, but we can also make a fresh one for you with your own choice of filling.

Tuna Jacket PotatoOur kitchen staff will often make a soup of the day with fresh seasonal produce, which is sometimes provided by our garden club members. There are old favourites too, like scouse and plated salads with servings of ham, tuna, cheese or hummus. Our baked potatoes are always cooked to perfection as we have our very own jacket potato oven. We want our Café to be a real community hub so dedicate ourselves to listening to customer feedback. If you have suggestions for recipes that we could try, or ways we could improve, we would love to hear them.

The Teas

Teas in glassesWe have five bespoke teas for sale that have been hand blended for us by the wonderful Lady Liver Tea based locally. These tasty beverages are full of ingredients that have positive effects on the body. Our TEAsey Rider blend uses ingredients that bust stress and the AphrodiTEA blend can boost your immune system.

These teas use natural ingredients and are produced in small batches to guarantee freshness. Priced at just £1.20 a pot, they’ve become so popular that they’re also available to buy in packs to take home or on our online shop. Not a tea drinker? We have you covered to with our freshly ground coffees with decaffeinated options available.

The People

Friends at The Brain Charity cafeOur cook leads a team of volunteers and staff to provide a high level of customer care to those visiting our Café. Nothing is too much trouble and we will do our best to cater for any special dietary requirements.

Sarah remembers her first visit to The Brain Charity centre – she was nervous as it was completely new to her. She knew she was in a caring place when one of the managers Carolyn offered her a coffee and sat down with her. From then on she has been coming back more and more often. Now Sarah is in the centre at least once a week volunteering for our brilliant Craft Club. Most people’s first experience of The Brain Charity is our café, we want their experience to be like Sarah’s so they can’t help but fall in love with the place.

The Place

The Brain Food Café is minutes from Lime Street station with good public transport links. We’re open for business 9am -5pm Monday to Friday. The centre has accessible toilets for anyone with mobility difficulties and the tables are built to be wheelchair user friendly. If you need help for any reason, our staff will be happy to bring your order to your table.

The Forum

If you have feedback or comments we would love to hear them. With the new forum on our website you can share your experiences of our café, as well as recipe ideas for items you’d like to see on the menu.

www.thebraincharity.org.uk/forum/food-for-thought

Another good way to use the forum is to share the affects that different foods have on your condition.

Lemon yogurt and Chia Seed cake

We are a grateful recipient of FareShare’s services, which help us to stock our cafe. They brought food to over 6,500 charities in the last year alone, ensuring it did not go to waste.

The players of People’s Postcode Lottery have supported The Brain Food Café through the Postcode Community Trust. We would like to thank them for funding our new kitchen equipment, seating and menu development.

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Super Foods for the Brain

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm 

 

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.