To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) we are launching our Build The Bigger Picture campaign running for the next 10 weeks. BIRT have been ‘Changing lives for 25 years’ and since last May we have been celebrating in various ways, including our Silver Book, an anniversary luncheon, and a ’25 miles for 25 years challenge’ across our services.

Our new campaign highlights key milestones from the last 25 years, as well as the incredible work that goes on every day in our services. We have helped many people achieve their full potential, live independently and rebuild their lives as fully as possible. Scroll down for more information about each of the #BuildTheBiggerPicture puzzle pieces below.

We hope you’ll enjoy watching our puzzle being completed as we #BuildTheBiggerPicture!

Our brilliant biennial BIRT Conference completes our #BuildTheBiggerPicture puzzle! We are excited to be hosting the seventh conference in Glasgow, Scotland this time – bringing together world-renowned speakers to share current research and developments in brain injury treatment and rehabilitation. This is a ‘must attend’ event, so get your tickets while you still can!

Michael Boardman epitomises what we value in our staff here at BIRT. He was the winner of the Chief Executive’s Special Award last year “in recognition of the incredible work he has done to support homeless people local to Redford Court, our Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust service in Liverpool, coordinating staff and service users to collate and deliver care packages that made such a difference to people with nowhere to call home.” (Irene Sobowale, Chief Executive)

Read our report into the clinical and cost-benefits of investing in neurobehavioural rehabilitation, including lifetime cost savings of between £570,000 - £1.13 million for individuals admitted to rehabilitation within a year of their brain injury, and savings of between £190,000 - £860,000 for individuals admitted to rehabilitation more than a year after injury.

Thomas Edward Mitton House was the first BIRT service, opened 25 years ago. The centre celebrated its 25th Anniversary with the opening of a new courtyard, and the ribbon was cut by the first BIRT service user, Robert Harrington, helped by his daughter.

Our BIRT services can be accessed in 15 locations across the United Kingdom; from Scotland to Wales, East Anglia to Devon, and many in between. Not to mention all our Community and Outreach Services. Find out where your nearest centre is now!

Duncan’s case study was featured in our latest Outcome Report, and it shows that even if a brain injury has been sustained a long time ago – 17 years in Duncan's case – we are still able to offer effective rehabilitation and help people achieve greater independence. Living in Eastfields, part of Graham Anderson House, allows him to be independent, but still provides access to support when needed.

Samantha’s story demonstrates our fantastic team’s ability to tailor rehabilitation to the individual, to address the difficulties that a person is facing to regain as much independence as possible. Witht his approach Samantha was able to return home after three months at Fen House.

York House was the first hospital at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, opened in 1999. Our fantastic multidisciplinary team have been helping people to #BuildTheBiggerPicture there for nearly 20 years and you can discover more about the people they’ve supported.

Eyes Alight is one of our brilliant fundraising appeals, set up by Izzy and Harry Judd following Izzy's brother, Rupert, being involved in a serious car accident that left him with a brain injury. Rupert now lives at Kent House, but the money raised helps people across BIRT.

Don’t forget that copies of ‘The BIRT Guide to Living - for adults with brain injury’ are still available free! This guide comprehensive and easy to use publication for people with brain injury, their families, carers and professionals working with them was highly commended by the British Medical Association.

"The satisfaction you get working with people to meet their goals is absolutely so worth it." Helen Giblin, our Divisional Head Nurse explains in this short video clip what she likes most about working for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust. See the extended video to find out what Mel Norris (pictured), Senior Nurse, also has to say.

Read Orla’s uplifting story about her rehabilitation journey, including her impressive five stone weight loss, achieved with the support of the team at York House. A healthier, happier Orla has recently been enjoying trying skiing, horse riding and indoor skydiving for the first time.

Set up in 2011 in memory of Huw Thatcher, by his father Nick, the Huw Thatcher Trust has raised over £100,000 for BIRT and continues to raise money to purchase life enhancing equipment for those living with brain injury at our centres across the UK.

The Brain Injury Needs Indicator (BINI) is a free tool developed by BIRT to be used by social workers or other assessors to find out how well someone has recovered from their brain injury and to determine what social care support they might need. If you have any questions email:

Watch Dr Ivan Pitman, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, share what he thinks the differences between working for BIRT and the NHS are: “I was afforded the opportunity to be a little more innovative… there’s always the opportunity to put forward fresh ideas.”

Our Ten Top Tips show how we meet NHS commissioning guidance for local rehabilitation services. See how choosing the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust means you will comply with the new guidelines.

Read more about how the specialist skills, knowledge and training of the staff at Daniel Yorath House, his physiotherapist and Byron’s commitment to the consistent use of the SaeboFlex kit, have transformed Byron’s life and enabled him to enjoy being fully independent.

BIRT were delighted to have been at the heart of the Louis Theroux documentary: 'A Different Brain' for BBC Two, aired in May 2015. The documentary is about brain injury and the rehabilitation journey, showing how people and their families come to terms with this life-changing condition. Stay tuned for a 'One Year On' update from some of the stars of the show coming this May.

Our neurorebehavioural approach allows us to focus on rehabilitation carried out in real life settings, such as going to the shops, travelling on public transport or going to work placements. We carefully document the person's progress and if their rehabilitation is not achieving the desired results, we can tailor the programme to ensure greater success.

Jay has made incredible progress since he joined the Trust, having previously been in a nursing home where he struggled to engage with rehabilitation. At Osman House Jay has regained some of his independence, improved his mobility and reduce his aggressive behaviour. He is also engaging with social integration groups as part of his aim to return home to family life.

In 2014 we proudly introduced the world to our 'Show Your Brain Some Love' campaign and much loved mascot, Birt. Birt teaches you how to help keep your brain healthy with his six top tips about protection, nutrition, learning, exercise, mindfulness and awareness. We #LoveBIRT and hope you will too.

October saw us launch our enhanced BIRT website, including a new online referral form. It is totally secure and will speed up the process if you want to refer someone for brain injury rehabilitation at one of our services, saving your precious time.

You may remember Amanda who featured in the BBC Two Louis Theroux documentary, A Different Brain, along with her husband Rob and two sons. Their story touched many of those who watched the programme as they tried to adapt to life following her brain injury. Read more about Amanda's story so far and stay tuned for a 'year on' update on those featured.

We are proud to be one of the very few specialist brain injury providers who publish its outcomes. Read our latest Outcome Report to find out how 80% of people discharged from BIRT in 2016 moved on to transitional, supported or independent living, along with many more highlights from the year.