Cafe Neuro presentation for ICCs

Cafe Neuro

Café Neuro Barrow for ICC

I was delighted to have the chance at the Morecambe Bay ICC conference on 14th March in Kendal to share our work about the Cafe Neuro in Barrow.

I’ve attached my slides and it was really good to get positive feedback and interest from a wide variety of GPs, community staff and social workers.

It was also an opportunity to support our colleagues from Kendal ICC with whom we work closely as a 3rd Sector partner. Across the Bay there was an enormous amount of innovation addressing local problems and it will be good to see how these develop over the next year.


Also time for a catch up with Joy Wharton from Morecambe Bay Trust here with Alison Nicholson.  Joy has offered to run a Talking about Death session for us at Cafe Neuro which will be really useful.

Joy and Alison

It was very special to have Aaron Cummins, the incoming CEO at UHMBT Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust, join us and talk about the importance of Better Care Together and integrating services



Barrow neuro drop in sessions update

Barrow planning meeting

Members of the Cumbria Neurological Alliance are developing a neuro drop-in centre for people living with a neurological condition, their families and carers. It will be based in the Hindpool Centre, Barrow in Furness.

Charities and specialist neuro therapists working across South Cumbria came together this month to plan the programme which starts on 2nd November. The first groups will be hosted by Parkinson’s UK, Headway South Cumbria and the MND Association.

Dr David Footitt Consultant Neurologist said “I was delighted to hear that Cumbria Neurological Alliance has been able to secure support to run regular drop-in sessions at the Hindpool Community Centre. Whilst patients and carers affected by some of the commoner neurological conditions benefit from local support groups, too many people feel isolated by their condition and unable to link with others facing similar challenges. There are many common experiences shared between people with Neurological conditions. This initiative provides people with the opportunity to share, support and learn from one another whilst enjoying social interaction and a range of activities. This concentration on a core of well-being, supporting independence and maintaining social contacts is key to improving outcomes for my patients. I trust that we in the NHS will be able to support it to succeed and flourish.”

Dr David Footitt Consultant Neurologist Cumbria

The initiative has been supported by Dr Farhan Amin, GP and member of the Morecambe Bay CCG and Les Graham public health locality manager with Cumbria County Council.

Check out the programme https://cumbrianeurologicalalliance.wordpress.com/new-neuro-drop-in-centre-barrow/barrow-neuro-dropin-centre-programme/

Enquiries to Glenys Marriott Chair Cumbria Neurological Alliance at cumbrianeurologicalalliance@gmail.com Twitter @cumbrianeuro

Colin from the ABI team with Christine and David Wilson from Headway South Cumbria


David Schofield


The team from BIRT Barrow

More photos to come!

Westmorland General Hospital Kendal

Our Chair Glenys Marriott was pleased to be asked to meet members of the public and staff last week at Westmorland General Hospital, Kendal, to discuss brain injury and the work of Headway South Cumbria.  As part of national disability week Glenys joined the hospital staff disability team together with the RVS and Sightsavers

Thanks  for giving us the chance to raise neurological conditions

Glenys with Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse and Joann Morse Deputy Chief Nurse