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)

Café board during Covid-19

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

A small selection of The Brain Charity's Christmas cards

The leaves may only just have started to fall, but the more organised among us are already preparing for December 25th.

With friends and families struggling to see each other face-to-face due to coronavirus lockdowns and social distancing, this Christmas sending a card to show you care has never been more important.

Once again, The Brain Charity are selling specially designed festive cards in a range of motifs for just £3.50 for a pack of 10, with all proceeds supporting our vital work.

Read More: It's never too early to think about Christmas

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With new government guidelines coming into place all over the UK, it is now mandatory to wear a face covering in most public places like shops and on all public transport.

It can seem overwhelming to have wear a face covering if you have an underlying condition which it could exacerbate, but according to government guidance you are exempt from wearing one if:

Read More: Face coverings: am I exempt?

New medical research suggests there could be a link between coronavirus and long-term neurological symptoms. Experts writing in the medical journal Brain first revealed serious brain disorders such as brain inflammation, delirium, nerve damage and stroke had emerged in patients even mildly affected by coronavirus.

Read More: Is there a link between Coronavirus and long-term neurological symptoms?

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Many people first find out about The Brain Charity online, so it’s vital our website is clear and easy to use.

With this in mind we're redesigning our site, and top of our priority list is its accessibility. This is the ease with which our clients can use and navigate menus and pages and find the information they need.

Please have a good look around this website.

What do you like or dislike about it as it stands? How can it be improved?

We’d appreciate it if you could click here and take a few minutes to share your views in our brief survey.

Your feedback will be invaluable and together we will create our best website yet!

Liverpool’s new Changing Places facility at The Brain Charity

It's time to let you in on a secret we've been keeping.

Pictured is our sparkling new Changing Places facility, located downstairs in our Norton Street HQ.

It's an accessible toilet with a height-adjustable changing bench and hoist. Installing this facility has allowed The Brain Charity to take the important final step in making our centre accessible to everyone.

Read More: Liverpool’s new Changing Places facility

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As you may know, we had to cancel our annual Head Matters Day for Brain Awareness Week in March due to the coronavirus outbreak. After a lot of hard work behind the scenes, we’re pleased to let you know that we are running a virtual Head Matters event online this autumn. Throughout the day, we’ll be putting on a host of fun online activities for you to enjoy – from musical performances and creative workshops to talks and quizzes.

Read More: Head Matters Day goes online