CP Teens Stories
THE REAL LIFE STORIES OF CP TEENS UK
"Because of CP Teens UK, I now feel more confident and no longer alone..."
Hannah, aged 16
I have made some amazing friends thanks to CP Teens UK. I feel accepted. My confidence has really grown & I feel happier.
Will has massively benefited from CP Teens UK. Before he got involved, he was almost ashamed about having a disability. CP Teens UK has given him 'his tribe'. His confidence has soared, as well as his acceptance.
Cam, aged 24
I believe that the work of Ellie and the team at CP Teens UK do ensure that children and young people with Cerebral Palsy are given the opportunity to engage with other young people like them.
"My name is Matthew*, I'm 24-years-old and I have Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. I first bought tickets to the annual CP Teens UK Ball in 2019. I had seen the photos from previous years online and it looked great. I was apprehensive because I had never been to anything like a Ball before, however I decided to give it a go.
I am so glad that I did - what a night! I made some great friends, everything was totally accessible, and we even did wheelchair dancing! I think what made it so special too was the fact that it didn't feel at all like it was especially for disabled people. Able-bodied people attended too and I felt like just another person instead of 'sticking out'.
I can't wait for 2020 - especially the wheelchair dancing on the dance floor!"
Laura & Ellie
When CP Teens UK Founder, Ellie, first launched CP Teens UK in 2013, the first teenager to contact the organisation, Laura, who was 19 at the time, spoke to Ellie online for a number of weeks before it came apparent that Laura attended the same University that Ellie was planning on going to the following September.
The pair met up in Sheffield city centre soon after and the rest they say is history! Ellie & Laura have been close friends ever since and see one another often.
Laura said, "Meeting Ellie through CP Teens UK has been great - we have had so many amazing memories from athletics training to being on the news together! CP Teens UK has given me the opportunity meet so many people who have the same disability as me, which has helped me massively and it has been great to see how far the charity has grown. Ellie is an amazing friend and I hope that others are given the opportunity to build friendships just like ours!"
Ellie said, "I'm so glad I met Laura! Not only is she one of my best friends, I really wasn't sure about going to University and Laura gave me that confidence to go as she was already there and doing it! It also makes it extra special that Laura was the first ever teenager to get in touch with CP Teens UK"
Jabe & Fran
When Jabe & Fran met through CP Teens UK, they found a special friendship. Here is their story told by Fran:
"CP Teens UK is a support network, but it is also a way of making new friends. When I first joined CP Teens in February 2016, I was looking to make new friends that would understand the struggles of having Cerebral Palsy, so I made a post on the Chat Group to introduce myself to everyone. This led to me becoming best friends with a boy called Jabe, because he replied to the post, messaged me and we clicked. He later become my boyfriend and we've been dating for almost a year now. I can honestly say CP Teens UK has changed my life forever because it's how I met Jabe and I have made a lot of other great friends. I'm so glad I joined CP Teens UK!"
Kate & Thomas*
Kate & Tom* both have Triplegic Cerebral Palsy. Kate is 15-years-old & Tom is 17-years-old. The pair met through CP Teens UK Chat - an online monitored service for youngsters with Cerebral Palsy & physical disabilities.
The pair realised they lived 40 minutes apart and met up in a busy, public cafe 6 months later. Since then, they have become very close friends and regularly enjoy activities together such as going to the cinema, going for a 'cheeky Nandos' and even visiting Alton Towers!
Kate said, "It's so nice spending time with Tom and because he has Cerebral Palsy too he just 'gets it'. I am incredibly thankful for CP Teens UK - I've definitely met a soulmate!"
Fran & Georgia
Fran & Georgia met through CP Teens UK. When they met in person, the BBC captured the moment.
told by her mum
"Charlotte has Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy as well as difficulties with her hearing. When she turned 13-14, she was struggling to fit in more with her able-bodied peers due to her disability. I did some Googling and I discovered CP Teens UK.
I signed up Charlotte straight away to 'CP Teens UK Chat'. Through this service she's met a couple of wonderful friends who share Charlotte's struggles. I also took Charlotte to one of the CP Teens UK 'Social Series' which was fantastic - she met new friends who immediately 'got her' over a pizza and a game of bowling, all funded by CP Teens UK.
I am now looking at attending the annual CP Teens UK Ball with Charlotte and my partner. Thank you CP Teens UK for helping Charlotte's confidence and self-esteem, and for giving her much needed friendships!"