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Specsavers Name Cerebra as their Charity of the Year for Wales


Specsavers has donated £10,000 to Cerebra to mark the start of a year-long fundraising partnership.

The optician’s 39 stores across south and mid Wales are joining forces to raise additional funds for Cerebra’s support services and research work, with plans afoot for fancy dress days and a 220-mile cycle-thon.

The donation was presented to our chief executive, Chris Jones, on 15 February when Specsavers staff from across the region visited Cerebra’s Innovation Centre in Swansea. During the visit, staff saw products the team have designed to make life easier, more inclusive and fun for children with brain conditions and also met with three families we support to see first-hand how its services are positively impacting on families in Wales and the rest of the UK. You can read their stories here:

A spokesperson from Specsavers said: ‘Cerebra is a remarkable charity that does incredible work to improve the lives of children with brain conditions, which we saw first-hand at the launch of this partnership.

‘The advice and information it provides to families goes far beyond leaflet sharing, with the charity giving practical help and guidance to families to help them get the financial and social support they need. It empowers families with the information they need to make their own decisions and solve any problems and issues they face.

‘We’re always striving to support organisations making a positive impact on our community and Cerebra is doing just that. We always enjoy raising money for charity and can’t wait to build on that initial £10,000 donation with our neighbouring Specsavers stores”.

Chris Jones, chief executive of Cerebra, says: ‘Families where a child has a brain condition face challenges every day – just to learn, play, make friends, enjoy and experience the world can be difficult, even impossible. But we don’t believe there is any challenge that can’t be overcome, and we are dedicated to helping families discover a better life together. We are very grateful to Specsavers for their generous support and are excited that they joining us on this rewarding journey to work wonders for children with brain conditions.’

1000 Families Study – We Need You!


Are you the parent or parental caregiver of a child aged 4-11 years that has a learning disability? If so, please take part in our new ‘Cerebra 1000 Families study.’ Your child might have other conditions – such as Autism, or any one of a number of genetic syndromes. As long as your child also has a learning disability, we would be very keen to hear from you.

The Cerebra Family Research Group at the University of Warwick, in collaboration with the research charity Cerebra, wishes to explore the experiences of families who live with a child with a learning disability in the UK. We want to make this the largest study ever of families of children with learning disability in the UK.

This research will further our understanding of what it is like to raise a child with a learning disability in the UK and will help shape future support for families and children.

You can find out more about and take part in the survey here.

You can view a video about the research project here.

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If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the research team on familyresearch@warwick.ac.uk or call 02476 524139.

University of Warwick-Cerebra Family Research Group

A new funding award has been granted to Professor Richard Hastings, who will lead on the  ‘Cerebra 1,000 Families’ project, the largest longitudinal research project in the UK about families and disability.

The study will recruit a UK sample of 1,000 families living with a child with a neurological condition of school age (4-11 years at the beginning of the study). Initial data collection will take place in 2014-2016, with repeat data collection in 2017-2019. Measures will focus on the wellbeing of the child, and also parents, siblings and potentially grandparents. To find out more about the project and keep up to date with it’s progress click on the link below:

Cerebra 1000 Families Study

To complete the survey, please click here

To read more about the research activities undertaken by the team, take a look at the annual report:

Download University of Warwick Annual Report 2017 Download University of Warwick Annual Report 2016


You can read the paper they talk about in the video here.