LORD Barry Jones has visited Chester-based charity the Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Development (BIRD).
Lord Barry, the former Alyn and Deeside MP, has been a patron of the charity for many years and called in to see the work BIRD carries out.
Practice manager Helen Schielke said: “Lord Barry has been a great supporter of our small charity for many years.
“It was great to see him back at the BIRD centre here in Eccleston and the families and staff enjoyed meeting him and talking to him.
“Since Lord Barry was last able to visit, we have taken big steps at BIRD in working with primary school children at Key Stage 2 with relatively mild learning, communication and behavioural difficulties.
“Given Lord Barry’s background in education, it will be interesting to hear his insights into this new exciting area of our work.”
BIRD treats people of all ages with a wide range of conditions from mild learning difficulties to Asperger’s syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy and profound disabilities.
The charity also works with people who have suffered injury to the brain from strokes or accidents and around three-quarters of the people BIRD helps are children.
For most of the people BIRD has helped, it was previously thought no further improvement was possible yet more than 90 per cent show a marked improvement.