Hello and welcome to CP Teens UK - providing help, hope, inspiration & friendship to children & young people with Cerebral Palsy/ physical disabilities, and their families.

CP Teens UK (Registered Charity 1172105) was set up by Ellie Simpson, who has Quadriplegic

Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, in October 2013 when she was 18-years-old. 

As Ellie progressed through secondary school, she realised how 'peers' slowly moved away from

her, leaving her socially isolated. This came to a peak during the Sixth Form when her 'peers' were

given a lot more freedom. They were allowed to leave the school grounds during breaks and

lunchtimes, they were able to go around bars and clubs drinking as they all turned 18, and they were

no longer having a lot of parental input meaning that they were allowed to do what they wanted, when

they wanted, often leaving Ellie out. Ellie really wanted to be included in the activities that her peers were

doing, even if it was only leaving the school grounds during a lunchtime, but she found that her 'peers'

were not open to including her. 

At the time, Ellie didn't realise the true extent of the problem as she was putting all of her energy into

her A Levels. However, once she had left school and her 'peers' quickly moved on with their lives, she

realised how socially isolated she had become. Ellie saw a pattern emerging in that teenagers & young

people with Cerebral Palsy and physical disabilities were often left out by able-bodied peers as they

were physically unable to keep up and fend for themselves.

Ellie took a gap year and in addition to feeling socially isolated, she was frustrated at the lack of

opportunities and support out there for physically disabled teenagers & young people. She found that some

people thought she'd be more than capable of getting a full time job, whereas other people thought it

would be okay to put her in a daycare centre, singing '10 green bottles' day-in, day-out. There appeared to

be absolutely nothing for people who were 'switched on' but had a physical disability, both for support and

opportunities.

However, this was when 'CP Teens UK' was born!

Ellie felt frustrated and wanted to see if there were any other teenagers and young people in a similar position

and if she could help them in some way. Through the use of Twitter, Ellie set up an account with the name

‘CP Teens UK’ to see if 'anyone was interested’.

To Ellie’s great surprise, she woke up the following morning to 100 followers, including Hannah Cockroft and

Francesca Martinez.

Since then, Ellie used her gap year (September 2013 - September 2014) to develop CP Teens UK and it just grew 

and grew! It has continued to flourish. The Twitter page has over 3,500 followers, the Facebook page has over 1,500 

likes and as for the website, which was all designed by Ellie herself, this reaches around 1,000 visits a day! Between

September 2014 & April 2017, Ellie ran CP Teens UK around her degree at Sheffield Hallam University and achieved 

charitable status, as well as being recognised by the Prime Minister with a 'Point Of Light' Award for CP Teens UK 

during this time. CP Teens UK is now based in the Community Hub at Chesterfield FC and Ellie runs the charity full 

time on a voluntary basis.

The main aims of CP Teens UK are:

The promotion of social inclusion among young people with physical disabilities who are socially excluded from society, or parts of society, as a result of their disability by:

- Providing connections & friendships for young people with a range of physical disabilities as part of a monitored and supportive community

- Providing help, support & advice for young people with physical disabilities, and their families - Providing workshops, forums, advocacy and general support
- Providing recreational facilities and opportunities for young people with physical disabilities 

 

Ellie works hard to put on social events and opportunities, in particular Disability Sport events where users

can have a go at different sports and meet new people. In October 2015, Ellie put on the CP Teens UK inaugural

Ball, which attracted Sophie Christiansen CBE (now Patron of CP Teens UK), World Dressage Paralympic

Champion as the Celebrity Guest. 150 guests attended and an incredible £7,613 was raised for CP Teens UK.

It is now an annual event in the CP Teens UK calendar. The CP Teens UK Ball has two aims:

- To raise as much money as possible for CP Teens UK

- To give teenagers & young people with Cerebral Palsy and similar disabilities, and their families,

  a unforgettable social night

 

 

CP Teens UK has gone from strength to strength and it continues to thrive. When Ellie set it up

in 2013, she said, "If it only helps one person out there, I've done my job!"; through Ellie's hard work, CP

Teens UK has certainly done this, in fact, it has, and continues to, help hundreds of people both in the

UK and over seas. It is the only website and organisation of it's kind in the UK.

CP Teens UK has no one on the pay roll. It is mainly ran and coordinated by Ellie herself with help

from the Trustees, the Ambassadors and a small team of family & friends. All of these people dedicate

their time completely free of charge as they're passionate about helping teenagers & young people with

Cerebral Palsy. All of the money donated and raised goes straight to helping teenagers & young people

with Cerebral Palsy and similar disabilities.

'CP TEENS UK IS AN ENCOURAGING, RESPECTFUL ORGANISATION THAT IS THE VOICE FOR THOSE WITH CP WHOM MAY NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO SPEAK UP FOR THEMSELVES.' - Pediatric Physiotherapist.

© CP Teens UK 2019.

Registered charity - 1172105

 

Website by Ellie Simpson.

CP Teens UK is committed to the safeguarding of children & vulnerable adults.

DISCLAIMER: This organisation & website is run by people with Cerebral Palsy, for people with Cerebral Palsy (and other disabilities). No medical experts or professionals on Cerebral Palsy, or any other disability, were involved in the making of this website.

CP Teens UK

Office 7

The Community HUB

East Stand

Proact Stadium

Sheffield Road

Chesterfield

S41 8NZ

office@cpteensuk.org / ellie@cpteensuk.org

01246 387970