Staff at the Woodmill stand with our mascot Birt

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) centre The Woodmill at Cullompton in Devon hosted a visit from local MP for Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish on Friday 14 October. He met some of the men and women undergoing specialist rehabilitation at the centre, as well as BIRT's mascots for the charity's Show Your Brain Some Love awareness campaign.

Speaking after the visit, Neil Parish said: "I very much enjoyed meeting the men and women who are supported to regain independence at the centre. Brain injury often causes 'invisible' problems with behaviour and emotions as well as physical disability, and it's clear that The Woodmill's dedicated team of specialist staff make a real and lasting difference to people's lives."

The Woodmill’s Service Manager Emma Ellis-Clark said: "I was delighted to welcome Neil Parish to The Woodmill. We discussed the devastating effects of brain injury on both individuals and their families and showed him how our clinically-led approach supports people to recover as much independence as they can.

"We were pleased to accept his offer to help BIRT raise our concerns locally and nationally about the need to reduce funding red tape for people with brain injury who need rehabilitation. The sooner people receive the right rehabilitation, the more likely they are to live a fuller life - and this also saves care costs for the NHS and local authorities."

The Woodmill has recently launched an at home/outreach service for people with brain injury in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

Abi Cheeseman, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at The Woodmill and Emma Ellis-Clark, Service Manager, are pictured alongside Neil Parish MP.