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Acquire – An organisation dedicated to helping children, young people and adults who have acquired brain injury and face difficulties in learning as a result.
Alzheimer’s Research Trust – The Alzheimer’s Research Trust is the leading research charity for dementia in the UK. The Trust funds research into the causes, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, including vascular dementia, Lewy Body disease and fronto-temporal dementia.
Association of Medical Research Charities – AMRC is a membership organisation of the leading UK charities that fund medical and health research. It was founded in 1972 and established as a charity in 1987.
BIRD Neuro-developmental Treatment – BIRD is a registered national charity which exists to provide treatment to improve the quality of life for people with all forms of neurological impairment including Brain Injury.
Brain and Spinal Injury Charity (BASIC) – BASIC provides a specialist resource at the Neurocare Centre for people and their families in crisis following a traumatic brain injury or neurological diagnosis. This includes people recovering from severe head injury, brain haemorrhage, brain tumour and other brain-related conditions such as stroke and brain cancer. BASIC is affiliated to the Greater Manchester Clinical Neuroscience Centre, and works in close collaboration with the staff there to meet needs of patients within the community.
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) – BIRT is Europe’s largest independent provider of brain injury rehabilitation services. We offer a wide range of specialist services to around 400 people with an acquired brain injury including: Intensive rehabilitation, Long-term rehabilitation, Community support.
Brainwave – Brainwave is an international Charity, which since 1982 has provided parents of children with special needs, the opportunity to take an active part in the development and progress of their child.
British Institute for Brain Injured Children (BIBIC) – provide individually tailored assessments and learning programmes for children with brain injuries.
Cerebra: for Brain Injured Children and Young People – Cerebra works to ensure that up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge is available and applied for the prevention of brain damage and for proven treatments.
Cerebral Palsy (Brain Injury) – Provide free educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy, including traumatic brain injuries and other developmental disabilities.
Charity Commission for England and Wales – The Charity Commission is established by law as the regulator and registrar for charities in England and Wales. Their aim to provide the best possible regulation of charities in England and Wales in order to increase charities’ effectiveness and public confidence and trust.
Child Brain Injury Trust – The Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT) is a UK wide charity offering support and information about acquired brain injury in children.
Christchurch Court – is a registered care home for people recovering from acquired brain injury.
Disabled Living Foundation – The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) helps older and disabled people find equipment solutions that enable them to lead independent lives. They aim to help people achieve greater mobility and independence and to confront barriers excluding them from living a full and productive life at home, at work and in their leisure time.
Encephalitis Society – The Society’s stated aim is to improve the quality of life of all people affected directly and indirectly by encephalitis.
For Dementia – The mission of for dementia is to improve the quality of life for people affected by dementia.
Headway – Their aim is to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury; and to provide information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their family and carers.
International Brain Injury Association – The International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) is dedicated to the development and support of multidisciplinary medical and clinical professionals, advocates, policy makers, consumers and others who work to improve outcomes and opportunities for persons with brain injury.
Leonard Cheshire – In the UK, Leonard Cheshire works with thousands of disabled people, helping them to live independently. They also provide independent and supported living, respite care and day services and are developing cutting-edge services for people with an acquired brain injury. Leonard Cheshire International supports over 250 services in 57 countries providing day care, skills training and rehabilitation, independent living and residential care.
Meningitis Trust – Working towards a world that is free from meningitis and where those affected by the disease receive quality care and support for life.
Neurological Alliance – enables charities to work together to improve the quality of life of all those in the UK living with a neurological condition.
Oliver Zangwill Centre – The Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation provides high quality rehabilitation for the individual cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of people with non-progressive brain injury.
Partnerships in Care Brain Injury Services – Specialist services dedicated to providing a quality of life that encourages independence and a return life within the community.
Rehab UK – provides assessment, training and development programmes that enable peopcle with disabilities to break into the workforce
Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation – A charity serving thousands of disabled people annually. The Foundation works to equip disabled people with skills to increase their independence, mobility, and help them into employment.
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability – The Royal Hospital specialises in treating individuals who have suffered damage to their brain or nervous system often caused by traffic accidents and illnesses. It is based in Putney in southwest London.
Stroke Association – Supporting and promoting research into stroke prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and long-term care is an important function of The Stroke Association.
UKABIF – United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum: A charity which aims to promote understanding of all aspects of Acquired Brain Injury and to provide expert input to policy makers, service providers and general public.