We cannot offer any form of financial support.

Yes, we are registered with Virgin Money Giving where you will be able to set up an online fundraising page. Please visit our Virgin Money Giving Page.

If you wish to fundraise for a particular group or project, please contact us before you set up your fundraising page to ensure transparency of communications and accounting. If you are taking part in an activity run by or supported by The Silverlining Charity, our annual Skydive for example, 50% of funds raised may need to be held as unrestricted funds to ensure our costs are covered and ensure all of our service users are able to benefit from your generosity.

Yes, we are happy for people to support particular groups around the country. To ensure transparency of communications and accounting you must declare where you want your monies to be spent before any monies is collected. 50% of all funds raised through any supported fundraising, our annual Skydive for example, will be held as unrestricted funds to ensure our costs are covered and to ensure our service users around the country are able to benefit from your generosity.

As we take a community approach, we are not able to support those looking to fundraise for a particular individual. We encourage all of our fundraisers to fundraise for The Silverlining Charity as a whole so all of our brain injury survivors can benefit.

Yes. Claimants of welfare benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit and Disability Living Allowance are allowed to volunteer without losing their benefits. However, you must make sure that you are available to meet the conditions of receiving those benefits.

If you are in a situation which could change at short notice, such as seeking paid work, please let us know when you are applying to volunteer with us.

For all roles we will offer you an appropriate induction and continue to work with you to grow and develop in the role. However, as a small Charity we will unfortunately be unable to provide any formal training or qualifications.

Yes, we offer a range of volunteering opportunities where you will have the option to work remotely.

We are happy to reimburse our volunteers for any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses they incur while volunteering with us. Dependent on your role this may include travel, meals and sundries. Please contact us to find out more about our expenses policies.

We are happy to be really flexible to help you get the most of our your volunteering experience. While some of our roles require a minimum commitment due to the nature of the work, many of our opportunities are open to those who are able to give as little as an hour a week.

Due to the nature or our work we are only able to consider volunteer applications from those over the age of 16. Anyone under the age of 18 who wishes to volunteer in any roles where they will be working directly with our service users will need to be under the care and supervision of a responsible adult at all times.

We support adults living with and affected by brain injury of any age of ability. Across our groups, our members span all ages and life stages. Some of our youngest members are in their late teens and some of our eldest members are happily retired. As brain injury survivors with a common cause, our members come together, regardless of age, to support one another.

Working with children and adults presents very different challenges. As a small Charity we are only equipped to support adults affected by and living with brain injury. Membership of The Silverlining Charity is open to anyone over the age of 18 years old. People between the ages of 16 and 18 years old are welcome to access our services when under the supervision of a responsible adult.

Yes, but it is a very complicated picture. It is thought that children with severe brain injury have the advantage, and disadvantage, of youth on their side. The disadvantage is that children are more susceptible to injury due to how thin their developing skull is, and many effects will not be seen until they mature. When an adult acquires a brain injury, it may result in the ‘loss’ of a function. But, children may not have acquired certain skills and functions yet, so instead of experiencing loss, they may never acquire the skill of function to begin with. Additionally, psychological and behavioral problems may affect their formal education.

The advantage of their youth is that it is believed children can train their brains to replace lost functions more easily than adults with similar injuries. However, it is important to note that childhood brain injury may present many cognitive or learning problems quite different from those experienced by adults, and some of their challenges may not show up for years. In some cases, the initial injury may be forgotten or ignored, which can lead to inappropriate diagnosis and treatment.

A concussion itself is only a temporary injury. The injury can, however, lead to damage which produces longer-term effects which often only become apparent further down the line. The cognitive, emotional or physical symptoms of a concussive injury are called Post Concussion Syndrome.

Brain injury is commonly rated at three levels; mild, moderate and severe. The severity of an injury indicates the extent of damage to the brain and the effects of the neurological injury on other body systems.

The Glasgow Coma Scale rates injury severity following an injury and determines how responsive the person is to behavioral measures.

There is also a Glasgow Outcome Scale, which is used at various points following an injury to determine the prognosis or likelihood of the person regaining his or her independence.

Other measures, like the Rancho Los Amigos Scale, are used to assess consciousness, responsiveness and receptive skills. Often, the devastating effects of a brain injury are not fully understood until after the patient has completed medical treatment in an Intensive Care Unit and has entered into rehabilitation.

Answer courtesy of www.traumaticbraininjury.net

In mild cases, symptoms may persist over a number of weeks or months. In the more severe cases symptoms may persist over a lifetime.

Unfortunately, we are not in the position to start any new groups at present. With only one employee and limited funds we are currently running at capacity. Should we be able to increase our access to funds and support, we hope we will be able to consider starting new groups in the future.

We seek to support anyone affected by any form of brain injury. This includes, but is by no means limited to individuals who have sustained brain injury as a result of direct trauma, medical negligence, tumors, stroke, brain haemorrhage, encephalitis, oxygen starvation and/or genetic defects.

While we work with hundreds of lives affected by brain injury, we are still a very small Charity. The Silverlining Charity currently has a single employee and an army of volunteers who run and manage The Charity.

The Silverlining Charity is funded through fundraising activities and individual donations. We are not currently in receipt of public funding.

As we work with vulnerable adults, only limited information about our activities can be found in the public domain. General information about a number of our events and activities can be found on social media (The Silverlining Charity Facebook Page).

Once you have become a member of The Silverlining Charity we are happy to share the full details of local activities and events with you. We send regular emails to all of our members with details of upcoming events, activities and appeals. Alternative contact arrangements can be arranged on an individual basis.

Should you have a general enquiry about the availability or suitability of activities and events in your local area please send us an email or phone us.

We are not able to provide individual support or care services. Our aim is to facilitate safe, accessible and enjoyable activities and events in the community. Each individual is responsible for travel to/from activities and any required support while in attendance at Silverlining events and activities.

We support people throughout the lifetime of brain injury and welcome people of all abilities. Each of our groups is led by a brain injury professional with the clinical experience necessary to ensure a safe, accessible and welcoming environment for all.

The majority of our activities are offered to our members for free or at cost price. We would encourage all those who are able to make a small regular donation to The Charity to support our operations.

Membership of The Silverlining Charity is completely free to all those affected by or living with brain injury. This includes the brain injured, support workers, brain injury professionals, legal professionals, volunteers, family members and friends of the brain injured. While we do not charge any of our members, we encourage all those who are able to make a small regular donation to The Charity to support our operations.

Anyone with a connection with brain injury is welcome to attend our events when they have become members of The Silverlining Charity. This includes the brain injured, support workers, brain injury professionals, legal professionals, volunteers, family members and friends of the brain injured. Before attending an event please email us to confirm your attendance.

If you can’t find the answer you are looking for in our FAQ’s please send us a general enquiry using our contact form. We will always be happy to help.