Real life stories

John at his Neuro-versity graduation ceremony

John’s CADASIL story: “CADASIL causes me stress and anxiety. The Brain Charity’s employment team fills me with confidence.”

John got a new job two months ago after working with our employment team.

Category: Employment

Published: 6 June 2022

Shirley at home

Shirley’s syringomyelia story: “Just 0.008% of people have my rare condition – The Brain Charity stopped me from becoming a recluse”

Shirley was diagnosed with syringomyelia – a fluid-filled cyst known as a syrinx that grows

Category: Employment

Published: 28 September 2022

Rupak getting advice at The Brain Charity in Liverpool

Rupak’s MS story: “I was homeless after my diagnosis – The Brain Charity finding me a home was irreplaceable”

The Brain Charity's staff helped Rupak find somewhere to live so he could spend time

Category: Employment

Published: 8 November 2022

Debbie, seated looking at camera

Debbie’s bipolar story: “I was struggling inside – The Brain Charity gave me the courage to get back into the workplace”

Debbie had low self-esteem, but volunteering boosted her confidence

Category: Employment

Published: 19 January 2022

Joanne’s cerebral palsy story

Joanne’s cerebral palsy story: “I was accused of being drunk due to a lack of understanding of my disability”

Joanne was refused service in a pub due to a lack of understanding.

Category: Employment

Published: 5 October 2021


Gerard’s stroke story: “I was left with nothing, but The Brain Charity saved me from going under”

He was left in desperation, fearing his home would be repossessed.

Category: Employment

Published: 30 March 2021

John lives with fibromyalgia having been diagnosed in 2010

John’s fibromyalgia story: “I’ve gone from champion jockey to championing carers’ rights”

The dad didn't believe fibromyalgia was real - now he has support to work full-time.

Category: Employment

Published: 30 March 2021

Matthew in The Brain Food Café

Matthew’s autism story: “I’m often treated differently, but not working at The Brain Charity”

The 21-year-old, who has ASD, has gained huge amounts of confidence.

Category: Employment

Published: 15 March 2021

The Brain Charity's employment project helped Theresa move forward following her dyslexia diagnosis

Teresa’s neurodiversity story: “I’ve been called stupid since I was young, but The Brain Charity built my confidence”

The former carer took her first ever selfie thanks to our employment service.

Category: Employment

Published: 15 March 2021

The Brain Charity supports Viktor with his autism

Viktor’s autism story: “Employers saw me as weird, but The Brain Charity helped me follow my dreams”

Viktor wasn't diagnosed as autistic until he was 44.

Category: Employment

Published: 19 March 2021