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The Brain Changer Arts Project from The Brain Charity

Our project utilises the skills of a professional dancer and a Physiotherapist (physiotherapy through dance) and a professional artist/art therapist and Occupational Therapist (occupational therapy through art) to deliver innovative workshops that harness the power of the arts to bring therapeutic benefits to children and young people with neurological conditions.

Physiotherapy through Dance: Our Physiotherapist and Dance Instructor plan and deliver dance routines which focus on mobility, strength and stamina through a different creative theme each week. The children involved are encouraged to create their own movements and we develop an environment in which they can perform if they wish to in front of their peers.

Occupational Therapy through Art: Our Occupational Therapist and Art and Craft Leader devise activities that focus on improving fine motor and upper limb skills using different artistic techniques and themes. The children develop a variety of creative skills that support physical improvements such as hand-eye coordination, shoulder stability and the use of both hands.

As well as working in schools and Children's Centres, we are currently offering Summer Sessions at the Brain Charity which are open to children and young people across Merseyside. Please visit the Brain Charity website for more details https://www.thebraincharity.org.uk/

 

 

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Christina Beaumont
Contact Position
Project Coordinator
Telephone
E-mail
christina.beaumont@thebraincharity.org.uk
Website
https://thebraincharity.org.uk/how-we-can-help/practical-help/children-young-people-s-services/the-brain-changer-arts-project

Where to go

Name
The Brain Charity
Address
The Brain Charity
Norton Street
Liverpool
Postcode
L3 8LR

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Various
Session Information
Summer Sessions will take place throughout the Summer Holidays on Monday afternoons from 1.45pm-3pm. Please register your interest with brainchanger@thebraincharity.org.uk to be offered an available place.

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Free
Details
This project is free to access
Offering Tax Free Childcare.

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Self-referral and referral from health workers is possible. We ask that the children and young people you are referring have a neurological condition and will benefit physically from being involved in the project.

Other notes

The workshops are for children and young people with neurological conditions who will benefit physically from being involved in the project. We adapt our sessions based on the participants' needs and all of the Physiotherapy through Dance sessions can be carried out standing or seated.

Local Offer

Description

FREE ARTS WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN WITH NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS OPEN TO YOUNG PEOPLE ANYWHERE IN MERSEYSIDE 

 

Innovative free dance and craft workshops for children with neurological conditions have opened to youngsters anywhere in Merseyside for the first time.

 

The Brain Changer Arts Project – launched 2019 by The Brain Charity thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need – harnesses the power of the arts to help some of the more than 500,000 young people across the UK with neurological conditions or brain injuries.

 

The fun weekly sessions, usually running in Schools and Children's Centres across Merseyside provide physiotherapy through dance and occupational therapy through art and craft and are open to children of any age.

 

All activities are specifically designed to stimulate multiple parts of the brain and improve cognitive function – dancing boosts motor control and balance, reduces stress and increases serotonin levels while crafting assists with dexterity, hand-eye coordination and memory – as well as offering a chance for children and their parents or carers to make new friends.

Already, organisers have noticed life-changing benefits for the young people taking part – in the project’s first year, more than a third of participants found their mobility improved and confidence levels shot up among more than half of attendees.

 

Nanette Mellor, CEO of The Brain Charity, a national charity based in Liverpool city centre, said: “We are so excited to have been awarded this funding by BBC Children in Need.

 

“Access to physiotherapy for our young people is so limited these days, and we are sure these workshops will improve their wellbeing and set them up for as healthy and active a life as possible.”

 If you are interested in signing up for Summer Sessions, please contact christina.beaumont@thebraincharity.org.uk to discuss availability of places.

Contact Name
Christina
Contact Telephone
0151 298 2999
Contact Email
christina.beaumont@thebraincharity.org.uk
Links
The Brain Changer Arts Project
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