BIRT has a big birthday!

It’s not just MASS that’s celebrating a Silver Anniversary this year. Our ‘chosen charity’ for 2015/16, BIRT has a big birthday too!

So we’re handing this page over to them so they can tell you a bit more about what they are doing to mark their 25th Anniversary.


This year the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) celebrates 25 years in brain injury rehabilitation. We’ve come a long way since the foundation stone for Thomas Edward Mitton House – BIRT’s first service – was laid in 1990. We now have 15 specialist brain injury rehabilitation centres across England, Scotland and Wales, serving over 500 people every yeBIRT has a big birthday!ar.

As part of the BIRT’s 25th anniversary celebrations, we are featuring a selection of case studies which highlight some success stories from within BIRT services:

  • Byron’s Story – Byron came to BIRT after being referred by a Brain Injury Linkworker whilst in prison
  • Orla’s Story – Orla came to BIRT after a brain injury sustained during surgery to remove a tumour
  • Mick’s Story – Mick suffered a hypoxic brain injury following a cardiac arrest.

BIRT has released a new limited edition publication to mark its 25th year in brain injury rehabilitation. ‘Changing Lives‘ is a full colour booklet which includes:

  • A free double-sided ‘The Brain Explained‘ poster with information on our ‘Show Your Brain Some Love‘ campaign, the effects of brain injury on behaviour, cognitive, physical and emotional functioning – and more!
  • Interviews with experts in the field of brain injury
  • Two new case studies, looking at how specific rehabilitation interventions can help people with brain injury to enjoy greater independence
  • An overview of the outcomes and trends BIRT has seen since it began publishing outcome data.

You can get a copy of ‘Changing Lives‘ from any BIRT centre. Alternatively, request a copy by post using the form on the website.