COLONY'S 2017 CHARITY OF THE YEAR
Helping children with disabilities to reach their potential
Current Fundraising Events in Warrington/North West
- Wednesday 22 Feb 2017 – Curry night and guest speakers from the Wolves. Book directly with the Cardamon restaurant, Stockton Heath.
- Friday 16 June 2017 – North West Charity Golf Day, Lymm Golf Club. Click to view Brainwave Golf Day 2017 Info
- 19 – 21 May 2017 – Brainwave B2B Bike Ride. Click to view Brainwave Bike Ride 2017 Info
For further events, click here
What Brainwave Do
Brainwave believes in a world where every child with disabilities reaches their potential
Brainwave is a charity that exists to help children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence by aiming to improve mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of educational and physical therapies, and the children we work with have a range of conditions including: , brain injuries such as and such as .
Our therapists, who are drawn from the mainstream fields of , , and , work with the family to devise a unique programme, specifically designed to suit their child’s needs, which will help and encourage them to unlock their child’s potential. This may be anything from helping them walk or ride a bike, to recognising colours or writing their name. Our therapists have a wide range of experience and will use these skills to assess the needs of your child.
Who We Are
We are an independent organisation, which gives us the advantage of being able to unite the disciplines of, , and . This enables Brainwave to take a fully integrated approach towards the development of your child.
Who We Help
Brainwave works with children between the ages of 6 months and 12 years, however, once a child follows a Brainwave Programme they only leave when the family feels the time is right. Brainwave provides therapy for children with a wide range of conditions and developmental needs, including: , such as and .
How We Help
The Brainwave Programme aims to develop the maximum potential of each child by taking an integrated approach to their physical and cognitive development and by aiming to enhance a child’s social skills and emotional well-being. We provide two full days, with two therapists, for an, followed by one day reassessments every four to six months.
A key success of Brainwave has been our ability to recognise the impact having a child with additional needs has on their family and empowering them to deliver therapy to their child at home, as we believe the family home is where children respond best, with the people whose love and care is unparalleled. Our therapists teach parents/carers how to carry out each exercise, in what order, for how long and why.
Families are provided with a written and visual record of each exercise to take home – the paper copy and DVD is refreshed at each four to six month reassessment. Each programme is designed to be carried out over a 30 minute period and no family is asked to spend more than 10 hours carrying out therapy in any one week. Continuous support and regular assessments with the qualified and skilled therapists means that the individual home based therapy programme is adjusted as the child grows and progresses.
Brainwave provide the family, at no charge, with all the equipment required to carry out the programme at home, such as rolls, wedges and vestibular boards.
Our therapy team is constantly available to families via phone calls and email, and our team of provide ongoing local support to families. The Family Facilitators provide a listening ear, assist in sourcing volunteer help and continually research up-to-date local and national information for the families.
Where We Are
Our charitable objects are to support children with physical and/or cognitive disabilities, whether caused by brain injury like ; a like , , or general , by the provision and promotion of therapy. Brainwave works with families to deliver home based therapy and exercise programmes tailored to each child to help them to achieve their fullest potential. That potential could be anything from a child walking or feeding themselves, to counting or forming sentences. We employ a range of experienced specialist staff, including , , and , enabling us to take a holistic approach to seeking what is possible for each individual child.
We summarise this as:
- helping children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence, and
- aiming to improve mobility, communication skills, and learning potential, through a range of educational and physical therapies.
We will deliver therapy of the highest quality to an increasing number of children each year and make it as easy as possible for children to benefit from the therapy through qualified and motivated at our and , and through our team of .
Our Vision is that all children in the UK with the above conditions should have the opportunity to reach their potential and benefit from appropriate to help them, and that Brainwave should be recognised as leading in this field.
We are committed to:
- Best practice – maintaining research and professional development for staff, including benchmarking against other providers to provide appropriate therapy of the highest quality.
- Therapy delivery – continuing to increase the number of children helped each year, and to respond proactively to the changing needs of families.
- Access – opening centres and clinics at appropriate intervals and locations to make therapy available more locally to families throughout the UK.
- Sustainability – establishing streams of fundraising to enable therapy provision to be provided in a stable business environment. Managing the business in a cost effective manner, so as to increase year on year the proportion of fundraising income that is applied to our charitable objectives.
In all aspects of our work and activities, with everyone associated with the Charity, we strive to be: professional, open, friendly, enabling, respectful, and passionate.