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Dec 22

Thinking INSIDE the Box

Published by Neil McLoram

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North East training provider Target Training has helped a local charity to plan ahead, identifying their vision for the future and motivating the team to work together and make positive decisions.

North East training provider Target Training has helped a local charity to plan ahead, identifying their vision for the future and motivating the team to work together and make positive decisions.

Target Training founders Ralph Moody and Tony Longland spent a day with BRAINBOX, an independent service that provides crucial advice and support to families facing the challenges of coping with a young person with a brain injury.

BRAINBOX is a children’s charity, established in the North East of England by a group of dedicated people who have personal and professional experience of living or working with a child or young person with an Acquired Brain Injury. The members know how it feels to live with the every day challenges of having life turned upside down by an accident or childhood illness, which could happen to any family, and are therefore the best possible people to help other families in a similar position.

Ralph said, “As is generally the case in these austere times, we hear a lot of stories during out training courses about how things aren’t going so well for business.  Fortunately, we also get to meet with some fantastic individuals that motivate us in so many ways and really make us think and get things in perspective. Working with the management team at BRAINBOX was one of those times.”

Acquired brain injury affects thousands of families every year and lives can be torn apart with those affected often unsure of where to turn to next.

Thanks to BRAINBOX, relatives can call a special helpline and they are provided with a listening ear, counselling, advocacy and mentoring during such difficult times.

Like all organisations, BRAINBOX needed to identify their values, goals and vision for the future.  They recognised that identifying these areas together would lead to a greater motivation that they can all believe in.  With help from Target, BRAINBOX identified some key values to take the organisation forward.  The core values they decided on were:

to have a positive impact

to have a real response

to be able to help

to demonstrate passion and drive

to put people first

Additionally, they were able to identify the aspirations and goals that will take the charity forward.

John Davis is the Chair of Brainbox, and a lawyer at local firm Irwin Mitchell, he said of the day, “The session with Target Training was really excellent and we gained a tremendous amount from it. We owe Tony and Ralph a real debt of gratitude for the time and effort they put into making the day as valuable as it was.”

Tony Longland of Target Training said, “We were genuinely taken back by the motivation of the group, all are volunteers and all give their time and resources unselfishly and they left the session on a real high; they could see the power of working together and making real decisions.  These decisions would ensure the organisation and the service users would benefit and it was fantastic to see such momentum in a positive light.”

You can find our more information about BRAINBOX on their website, www.brainboxsupport.org.uk

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