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)

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The Brain Charity could become the first charity in the UK to have its own edible wall - with your help. 

We have teamed up with Baltic Triangle social enterprise Farm Urban to teach hundreds of people with neurological conditions how to grow healthy, sustainable food using hydroponics, a vertical, soilless and pesticide-free method of farming.

Read More: The Brain Charity could become the UK’s first charity to have its own edible wall - with your help

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Aphasia is an impairment in language following an injury to the brain, most commonly from a stroke in the left hemisphere. It affects the ability to speak, read, listen, write and type.

Do you have aphasia, or care for someone who does?

We're proud to be launching an innovative new artistic project for people with aphasia called #SeeingSound in just a few weeks - and the best news is, there's still time to register to take part.

Read More: #SeeingSound – The Brain Charity’s innovative new artistic project for people with aphasia

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This year, coronavirus has seen The Brain Charity forced to cancel multiple flagship fundraising events, including our annual Snow Ball. But we already have seen a 70% rise in referrals for 2020 - due to the neurological complications of Covid-19, increased mental health issues caused by social distancing and a bleak unemployment landscape.

More people with neurological conditions need our help than ever before, so this December The Brain Charity is calling on you to support our first ever Christmas appeal – our Sixmas fundraising campaign. To mark the fact one in six people have a neurological condition, throughout December we're asking people from all over the UK to organise and participate in a sponsored virtual or covid-safe activity event themed around the number six and suited to their own abilities.

Read More: Sixmas - The Brain Charity's Christmas campaign to support the 1 in 6 with neurological conditions

By Kym Ward, Dementia Project Coordinator at The Brain Charity.

The past months have seen many upheavals in daily life, but the spread of COVID-19, and the different restrictions the government has put into place to lessen the virus, has been particularly tough on people living with dementia.

Read More: The Brain Charity spearheads national study on impact of COVID-19 on people with dementia

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When it comes to mental health, it’s always important. But during the pandemic it’s even more important. That’s because life has changed for many of us, with plenty of us stuck at home, unable to do anything due to the presence of the coronavirus. If you’re an at-risk person, you can’t go outside either.

That’s why mental health is important, and we’ll go over why taking care of your mental health matters during this time.

Read More: Guest post: The importance of mental health during COVID-19

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As you all know, stricter regional lockdown measures began in Merseyside earlier this week. As a fully covid-secure venue, The Brain Food Café is still open to our service users and the public (via advance booking only - please click here or call 0151 298 2999 to reserve a table).

We now have QR codes in our entrance for you to register your details under the NHS Test and Trace system. We also respectfully ask anyone entering our building wears a face mask or covering, in line with government guidelines, unless you have a medical exemption.

Read More: Coronavirus update 29-09-2020

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Having a form of life insurance in place gives you peace of mind that your family are financially protected if the worst happened to you. But if you have multiple sclerosis, then you may feel that your life insurance options are too limited, too expensive, or non-existent.

It’s true to say that people with pre-existing medical conditions are more difficult to insure and are more likely to pay higher premiums. However, there are a diverse number of factors that can determine this.

Everyone’s circumstances are different, and the symptoms and severity of your condition will differ from that of someone else’s. Factors such as when you were diagnosed, how your MS is managed and how you’re responding to treatment would also be key.

Insurers are far more accommodating than you may believe, and it’s possible for someone with MS to secure the right amount of cover, at a premium within their budget. It’s all about finding the right policy, with the right insurer.

If you’re thinking about taking out cover, then continue reading for the top 5 life insurance tips for people with MS.

Read More: Guest post: Top 5 life insurance tips for people with multiple sclerosis

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The Brain Charity is appealing for witnesses after a robber made off with cash having threatened a worker with a weapon.

The offender entered the public ground floor area of our Headquarters on Norton Street shortly before 4.55pm yesterday [TUES] before stealing just under £100 in cash from a till. 

When the man was disturbed by a member of staff, he threatened the worker with what appeared to be a sharp object or blade.  

The robber then fled the building on foot, heading down London Road in the direction of Lime Street Station and St George’s Hall.

The man is described as white, in his late forties or early fifties, approx. 5ft 3ins tall, of slim build, balding with receding grey hair and with no teeth.

He was wearing a grey and navy hoodie, grey tracksuit bottoms, black trainers and a blue mask under his chin and was carrying a large black Sports Direct bag.

A criminal investigation is now underway and Merseyside Police are appealing for information.

Read More: APPEAL: Cash stolen from The Brain Charity by robber who threatened staff with weapon