5 May

Synapse’ BrainBank Panel brings personalised connection for people navigating life with brain injury

Brain bank panellist having a conversation

Exciting times lie ahead for the Synapse family, as we prepare to unveil the BrainBank Panel – a peer panel for anyone affected by brain injury.

Whether you need some guidance or just someone to chat with as you navigate life after brain injury, the BrainBank Panel will be a fantastic go-to resource.

Or, if you’ve walked this path and feel you have the experience, empathy, and time to support others, you could be just who we need on the panel!


What is the BrainBank Panel?

The BrainBank panel is a peer panel, operated by and for people who have lived experience of brain injury.

It’s a free, one-on-one service that will allow you to connect with someone who can lend an ear and share their experiences as you navigate the challenges of brain injury. You’ll choose your panellist based on their experiences, location and other factors that matter to you.

Lived experience of the panellists is critical, because BrainBank is all about authentically and realistically encouraging and motivating individuals and families as they navigate the brain injury journey. Our goal is to build resilience and confidence.

How will it work?

Once we’ve identified our panellists, we’ll be developing online profiles for each of them. These will allow us to shed some light on key areas of their life and experience of brain injury. It’s all to help connect you with someone you’ll feel comfortable talking to about life experiences as you navigate your journey with brain injury.

You’ll be able to get in touch with the panel via the Synapse website and from there a phone call or video call with your chosen panel member will be scheduled at a time that works for you.

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How can I get involved?

Apply to become a BrainBank Panellist

Whether you have a brain injury, care for someone with a brain injury, or have a parent, sibling or spouse affected, you could be just who we’re looking for to join the Synapse team in this paid role.

Because BrainBank is a peer panel, we’d like you to consider whether you have the skills, time, and interest to share your knowledge and empathy with those who need it most.

You’ll need to be willing to share stories and experiences, provide encouragement and offer information that you’ve found helpful. Full training will of course be provided and there will be ongoing coaching and debriefing sessions, to ensure that you are supported, empowered, and feel confident in your role.

Find out more and apply for a BrainBank Panellist role

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Join the BrainBank Peer Advisory Group

A voluntary Peer Advisory Group (PAG) is also being formed to make sure the Brainbank panel can best reflect the needs and interests of people impacted by Brain Injury and deliver on its promise. Above all, it’s critical that we’re all putting our energies into a resource that is both valuable and valued. If you have experience working with people impacted by brain injury or have personal lived experience, and would like to volunteer, we’d love to hear from you.

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