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The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is a national user-led charity that offers support and advice to spinal cord injured people.

The Stroke Association aims to help all in England and Wales affected by stroke. They develop and provide services, support research, disseminate knowledge, provide training and education to improve standards of care.

The Neurological Alliance promotes the understanding of all aspects of brain injury and provides information, support and services to people with a brain injury.

Parkinson’s UK provides practical support, information and advice to people with Parkinson’s and their carers. They fund research to investigate the causes of Parkinson’s, to improve the treatments available and to develop new treatment techniques.

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign meets the needs of people with neuromuscular conditions in the UK, their carers and their families.

The Multiple Sclerosis Trust is a leading UK charity for people with multiple sclerosis, their families and friends, and for the health and social care professionals who work with them. It provides information about multiple sclerosis; education for nurses and other professionals; carries out research which is relevant to people who live with multiple sclerosis; and supports multiple sclerosis specialist nurses.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society provides support and information for people affected by multiple sclerosis through a network of branches and through helpline and publications. It carries out research into multiple sclerosis and policy work and campaigns on multiple sclerosis issues. It also provides respite and holiday homes.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association works to ensure that people affected by motor neurone disease secure the highest standards of care in order to achieve quality of life. It stimulates and funds research into the causes of motor neurone disease. It provides a helpline, information, equipment loan, financial support, a network of regional care advisers, local branches and volunteer visitors.

The Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance (INPA) is an alliance of providers that decided to group together to form a strong voice in the sector, ensuring that neurorehabilitation is delivered in quality environments, by trained and experienced staff in a caring way to assist the rehabilitation process.

The Huntington’s Disease Association exists to support families affected by Huntington’s disease. It is a patient organisation and the main thrust of its work is to provide care, advice, support and education to families and professionals caring for someone with the illness, the individual themselves, and those at risk of developing it.

Headway supports people with brain injury, their families and carers and concerned professionals. It has groups throughout the UK, many of which run activity/rehabilitation centres called Headway Houses. It campaigns for improved statutory services for people with brain injury.


GAIN offers support and information to those affected by Guillain-Barré syndrome, CIDP and other dysimmune neuropathies throughout Britain and Ireland.

Fighting Strokes lobbies for stroke care policy changes; educates and promotes stroke recovery awareness and provides practical advice and support to patients, their families and friends. Its goal is to improve patient outcomes and speed up recovery rates and levels.

The Encephalitis Society supports adults and children affected by encephalitis, their families and carers by providing advice and information and working at national level to improve services.

Run by stroke survivors for stroke survivors, Different Strokes aims, through active self-help and mutual support, to help younger stroke survivors to optimise their recovery, take control of their lives and regain as much independence as possible. They also organise exercise classes nationwide.

Dementia UK aims to improve the quality of life for all people affected by dementia by providing advice, training, information.

CBIT provides support and information for families and professionals who are affected by acquired brain injuries. CBIT is a national charity delivering projects and support through a helpline, parent support groups, books, leaflets and a web site. CBIT operates a small grant programme for children and young people, works in a participative environment and specialises in influencing the way in which services are delivered.

Brain Tumour Charity is the leading, caring charity committed to fighting brain tumours. Their personalised support is available online, on the telephone, by email and through support groups. Their scientific research improves the quality of life for brain tumour patients and identifies better treatments. They raise awareness to change things for the better, for everyone affected by a brain tumour.

The Brain and Spine Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people with neurological disorders and to reduce neurological disability through research, education, and patient and carer support and information programmes.

BASIC provides information and support for people affected by neurological conditions. They run a number of self-help groups around the UK and promote research.

UKABIF is a membership organisation and promotes understanding of all aspects of brain injury through education, information and networking.