Coronavirus: How to get Help

Find coronavirus help in your local area from the UK Government.

The Brain Charity can also help anyone with a neurological condition, their family and carers at this time.

If you need help, please get in touch: Email The Brain Charity or call us free on 0800 008 6417 (Monday-Friday: 9am-4.30pm)

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:

Chair-based yoga

Loosen up & relax with our bi-weekly, chair-based yoga sessions with Synergy Dance Outreach. Fully accessible, suitable for all abilities and guaranteed to help you forget about some of the stresses of lockdown. Held: every other Wednesday from 2pm-3pm, starting on November 11th.

Neuropilates

Hour-long sessions hosted by The Rehab Physio that focus on Pilates to relieve pain. This is a gentle but deeply effective way to improve mobility and keep your body active during lockdown. Held: every Thursday from 2.30pm-3.30pm, starting on November 12th.

Craft club

Anyone who took part in Emily's fabulous paper bunting session at Head Matters Online will know how fun online craft sessions can be. Join her to learn how to make some beautiful things out of paper to brighten up your home or gift to friends and family. Held: every other Wednesday from 11am-12pm, starting on November 18th.

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Dance

Get your body moving and heart pumping with feel-good, chair-based accessible dance with Leila from Travelled Companions. Learn a variety of dances to a wide range of different types of music. Held: Every Friday from 1pm-2pm, starting on November 13th.

New attendees are always welcome to the new terms of these continuing 2020 favourites too:

Hat making

Learn how to make everything from bonnets to tiaras with Denise Innes-Spencer from The British School of Millinery. All materials needed for these classes will be mailed out to participants, free of charge, each week, meaning places are limited – so please book now! Held: Every Tuesday from 1pm-3pm, starting on November 17th.

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Cosmetics making

Create your own natural cosmetics and bath products to treat yourself at home with live video workshops hosted by Tony. Participants will learn how to make oatmeal and lavender bath soak, a rose clay mask, strengthening hair mask and more. All genders encouraged – everyone deserves to feel pampered! Capacity for this course is limited as we will arrange for free delivery of the materials, so let us know ASAP if you’d like to attend.
Held: Every Thursday from 1pm-2pm, starting on November 12th.

Mindfulness

Be kind to yourself by making time to come along to our online mindfulness classes with wellbeing facilitator Tom. These sessions focus on finding ways to keep a healthy state of mind during the coronavirus pandemic and offer a comfortable space to join with others for practice. The group is open to everyone – it’s suitable for beginners or those who have already tried some mindfulness. Held: Every Monday from 1pm-2pm.

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Tai Chi

Originally developed in 13th century China as a martial art, Tai chi is now practised around the world for its health benefits. This exercise class run by Daphne combines deep breathing and relaxation with gentle flowing movements. Held: Every Monday from 2pm-3pm

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 the first and third Monday of the month from 10.30-11.30 a.m.

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.

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Zoom links for all workshops will open 15 minutes before the session begins to allow for general chat & socialising - if you can't all gather in The Brain Food Café before sessions, this is the next best thing!

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.

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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

 

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Update, January 5th 2021:

As many of you will know, the public have been told to stay at home wherever possible, and all clinically extremely vulnerable people have been asked to shield once more.

Unfortunately, we have therefore made the difficult decision to close The Brain Charity’s building from Wednesday, January 6th until at least the next government review on Friday, February 19th.

The Brain Charity’s staff will be stopping any face-to-face work we have been able to carry out under recent restrictions, with all services now back to running virtually. Under government guidelines The Brain Food Café and our charity shop and room hire spaces must also close.

We are still here for all people with neurological conditions, as we have been throughout the pandemic. Get support now by calling our free helpline on 0800 008 6417 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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.

The Brain Food Cafe

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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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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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.