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CHarity of The year 2023!

January 20th, 2023

CP Teens UK is delighted to announce that we are Charity of the Year 2023 of specialist equipment company and supplier Jenx Ltd & Giraffe!

 

The company's charity committee selects an organisation for the company to support each year, and we they try to support national, regional or local causes working to support children and families living with special needs.

Holly Jenkins, Director at Jenx, said, “As part of our pledge to give back to the community, we select our chosen charity of the year based on several criteria, including being aligned with our company vision, mission and values.

“CP Teens stood out as an organisation which has been set up to help young people with disabilities – so we automatically share a common goal.

“We recently celebrated our 40th anniversary, and CP Teens mark their 10th anniversary in 2023 so a collaboration between our business and the charity during both milestone years is an exciting prospect.”

Throughout the year, Jenx & Jiraffe will be supporting CP Teens UK in several ways, including fundraising, providing advertising opportunities, taking part in environmental activities, volunteering, allowing the use of company resources and offering work placements.

Dan Limb, Director at Jenx said: “We know through our work to support children with disabilities that they can often feel isolated. That’s why we are supporting CP Teens as our Charity of the Year for 2023. CP Teens is a fantastic charity doing some crucial work for young people in our communities. I am looking forward to collaborating with the charity during 2023 and helping to support their fantastic work.”

Ellie, Founder of CP Teens UK, said: “It’s an honour to be chosen as Jenx’s Charity of the Year, especially as a small charity that relies completely on volunteers, most of whom are family members and friends. Children and young people with physical disabilities often feel socially isolated and are unable to access opportunities that most able-bodied youngsters take for granted. CP Teens UK provides a support network and accessible opportunities, both in person and online, where youngsters and families can connect, feel included and make friends.

 

“It’s really special for CP Teens UK to have the support of Jenx and Jiraffe and we are extremely grateful.”

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a "mega" start to cp teens boccia

January 15th, 2023

“That was mega!” - Coach Bob

A brilliant first CP Teens Boccia session this afternoon! Lots of skills, accuracy and confidence developed by all players!

 

We still have some spaces left for our next session on 12th February. All information & registration on the EVENTS page.

Well done Team CP Teens! Boccia competitions look like they could be on the horizon!

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chit & chat is back for 2023

January 4th, 2023

Chit & Chat is BACK!

Join us for informal chat, laughs & fun from wherever you are!

 

Meet and chat with like-minded youngsters from the comfort of your own home and in a supportive, safe space. Fortnightly - Wednesdays, 5-6pm GMT

 

Under-18's must have a parent/carer present in the room.

 

Maximum age limit - 25-years.

Recommended minimum age - 11-years.

 

Chat box feature available for non-verbal participants/participants who struggle with speech or prefer to use written communication. Participants very welcome to just sit & listen if they wish.

Register on the EVENTS page.

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sheffield social is fully booked!

January 4th, 2023

The Sheffield Social on Saturday 28th January is now...

 

FULLY BOOKED!

 

Sorry if you missed out! How about coming to the next one in Nottingham on Saturday 18th February? All details & registration on the EVENTS page.

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Happy new year - hello 2023!

January 3rd, 2023

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2023! Can you believe that CP Teens UK turns 10-years-old this year?!

 

We have so much in the pipe line for this year, including BIG celebrations for 10-years of CP Teens UK from October.

Some of our upcoming events & initiatives are:

Boccia (Block 1, Jan-Apr) has VERY LIMITED SPACES left & only has ONE SPACE remaining for the January session!

 

Sheffield Social, Saturday 28th January has VERY LIMITED SPACES left!

 

Nottingham Social, Saturday 18th February currently has fair availability.

Birmingham Social, Saturday 18th March currently has good availability.

Chit & Chat (Block 1, Jan-Apr) is now available to book.

 

All information & registration on the EVENTS page. Many more events & initiatives to be added in the next month & throughout 2023, so keep your eyes peeled!

Let's go 2023!

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That's a wrap for 2022!

December 23rd, 2022

That's a wrap for 2022! What a fantastic year it has been!

The office will be closed and emails, messages & phone calls will not be answered over the Christmas period.

 

24-28th Dec - closed

29th-31st Dec - limited access to emails, messages, calls

1st-2nd Jan - closed

3rd Jan - open

 

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported CP Teens UK this year! Your support makes things happen and quite literally nothing would happen without our supporters.

 

Thank you to our fantastic children, teens & young adults who as always have been amazing, have joined in with such enthusiasm, helped one another and been great role models to one another!

Watch our end of year video HERE.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

See you in 2023 for more fun, friendship & adventures, as well as the big 10-year celebrations from October!

Don't forget, you can sign up over the holidays for events/activities in 2023! More will be added in the new year.

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Christmas party with Bobath

December 22nd, 2022

We’ve had a fantastic festive afternoon at the Bobath Centre at our joint Christmas Party!

Dancing, music, food & a festive quiz! Well done to Katie who came first, and to Molly who came second.

 

A massive thank you to the Bobath Centre for having us again! We started working with this great organisation & charity in 2022 and we can’t wait for more partnership work in 2023!

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another year of Chit & chat!

December 14th, 2022

That's a wrap for Chit & Chat 2022! This evening saw the last session of 2022.

We finished off the year tonight with very special guest, Sam Ruddock, World Champion! Thank you so much Sam for joining us!

 

We chatted away about personal highlights of 2022. What a year it has been! One youngster's highlight was their first school residential. Another youngster's highlight was the 2022 CP Teens UK Ball, in particular dancing to 'Sweet Caroline'!

 

Chit & Chat will be back in 2023. Thank you to all youngsters who have joined in this year and for being so enthusiastic & funny, as well as being supportive friends to one another.

 

An extra special thank you to India - we massively appreciate the time & care you give. We are so lucky to have you, thank you so much!

 

Merry Christmas to all our 'Chit & Chatters'!

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Thank you to Leeds branch!

December 10th, 2022

A big thank you to Official Liverpool Supporters Club - Leeds for their very kind donation to CP Teens UK, and thank you Nicola for putting us forward.

 

Thank you so much!

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Meet bob - Boccia 2023

November 30th, 2022

MEET BOB!

Bob Lathbury is a very experienced Boccia coach and has been a member of the Boccia England coaching staff since 2016.

 

Bob will be coaching CP Teens UK Boccia from January!

 

Bob's mantra is to "include, inspire and support to achieve".

We have LIMITED SPACES left for our first block (Jan-April 2023). Whether you're just looking to start something new, make friends, or if you're even looking to start an elite Paralympic career, come and join us!

Full information & registration on the EVENTS page.

Changing Places facility available at venue.

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A viSit to the House of Lords

November 24th, 2022

A big thank you to Cerebral Palsy Scotland for inviting us to the House of Lords this week to talk all things Cerebral Palsy with people who are passionate about making a difference!

 

It was also lovely to meet Melissa who gets involved with CP Teens UK!

 

Be the change you want to see in the world!

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NEW EVENTS JUSt IN FOR 2023!

November 22nd, 2022

TWO NEW EVENTS JUST LANDED FOR 2023!

- Sheffield Social - Saturday 28th January

- Birmingham Social - Saturday 18th March

 

Don't forget Boccia too on the following dates (LIMITED PLACES LEFT) :

- Sunday 15th January

- Sunday 12th February

- Sunday 26th March

- Sunday 30th April

 

Full information & registration for all events can be found on the EVENTS page.

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CHit & Chat Wednesday

November 9th, 2022

Another Wednesday, another Chit & Chat!

We had a good laugh when we were discussing celebrities who we have met and one individual shared that she'd met Carl Fogarty because her Mum had accidentally ran over him with the wheelchair!

 

This week's 'controversial' topic was 'when do you put your Christmas tree up'? Answers ranged from 1st November through to mid-December!

 

NEXT SESSION: Wednesday 23rd November, 5-6pm

 

Register on the EVENTS page (no need to re-register if you've already registered/joined for this autumn block)

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CP Teens UK & Bobath Christmas

November 7th, 2022

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...!

CP Teens UK and The National Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre are delighted to be hosting a Christmas Party on Thursday 22nd December 2022!

Come & join us for a festive afternoon of fun with food, music and dance.

12-2pm.

The National Cerebral Palsy Bobath Centre, Tandy House, Regal Way, Watford, London, WD24 4YE.

FREE*

Under-18's and those requiring support (toileting, feeding, moving & handling, Epilepsy etc.) MUST attend with a parent/guardian/carer/PA - this is not a respite service.

Register on the EVENTS page.

Deadline to register: Friday 9th December, 5:00pm

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*Refundable deposit required to secure your place. You get your deposit back upon attending the event. Following registration, CP Teens UK will contact you with details on how to pay your deposit. We respectfully ask you to pay within 48-hours.

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No Bangs bonfire Night 2022!

November 6th, 2022

The annual CP Teens UK #NoBangs Bonfire Night took place last night!

This virtual event takes place every year on Bonfire Night. We send out free pamper packages across the UK to youngsters & people with Cerebral Palsy for this virtual event. The packages contain a variety of pampering goodies for Bonfire Night from hot chocolate, to face masks, to pure Himalayan bath salts.

 

Watch a round up of our 2022 #NoBangs Bonfire Night HERE

 

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WHY #NOBANGS

Every year Bonfire Night can be problematical for people with Cerebral Palsy due to having a startle reflex (medical term - moro reflex). Everybody is born with a moro reflex but usually outgrow it by 6-months-old. Typically people with Cerebral Palsy do not outgrow the moro reflex due to the damage in the brain.

We send out pamper packs for Bonfire Night to help with relaxation, to change the focus, and to enable people to feel less alone through sharing photos and discussions online

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Monday Motivation - Ball total

October 31st, 2022

We're delighted to announce that the 2022 CP Teens UK Ball raised an amazing...

 

£7,402.10

A huge thank you once again to everyone!

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Chat & chill is back for october

October 24th, 2022

Chat & Chill is on tonight for our October meet!

 

Chat & Chill is specifically for adults with Cerebral Palsy and similar physical disabilities. It is a brand new initiative in line with our recent age expansion beyond 25-years.

 

REGISTER on the EVENTS page (no need to re-register if you've already joined/registered for this autumn block. 18+ only for this particular service)

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Happy 9th birthday CP Teens UK!

October 17th, 2022

Today CP Teens UK turns 9-years-old! What a 9-years it has been! To celebrate, meet Molly...

Molly has Cerebral Palsy and has participated in many CP Teens UK initiatives. In March this year, Molly attended the CP Teens UK 'Have A Go' Sports Day in Sheffield. Molly came with her parents & tried Frame Running.

 

Molly said, "I tried really hard and my Mum & Dad were really taken aback by it!". Molly's parents thought it could be a great form of exercise for her, whilst providing a new pastime & opportunities for independent walking.

 

Molly's parents managed to secure funding for a running frame of her very own thanks to a very generous firefighter charity local to the family.

Molly received her running frame 4 weeks ago & hasn't looked back since! Molly said, "My Mum and Dad can’t believe how quickly I’ve taken to it, I’ve even picked up some speed and I have used my bell and hand brake a little. I can’t thank you enough for giving me the experience and introducing me to Frame Running CP Teens UK, you are truly inspirational."

 

Molly's Mum said, "If it wasn't for your amazing event this wouldn’t have happened for Molly".

Wow! We're so proud of you Molly and we're delighted that we could play a small part in helping you to find something you love so much!

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No bangs bonfire night 2022

October 11th, 2022

The CP Teens UK No Bangs Bonfire Night is back for 2022!

Every year Bonfire Night can be problematical for people with Cerebral Palsy due to having a startle reflex (medical term - moro reflex). Everybody is born with a moro reflex but usually outgrow it by 6-months-old. Typically people with Cerebral Palsy do not outgrow the moro reflex due to the damage in the brain.

 

Join us for the annual CP Teens UK #NoBangs Bonfire Night!

- Order your FREE pamper pack from CP Teens UK by registering for the event

- On Bonfire Night, get cosy, shut your curtains, turn the music/TV on and get stuck into your pamper pack!

- Join the conversation on social media using #NoBangsBonfireNight and include photos!

REGISTER* on the EVENTS page

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* Rules & T&C's apply. All info can be found at point of registration

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we had a blast! Ball 2022

October 10th, 2022

“It was the best one yet!”

 

Wow! What a fantastic night we had on Saturday at the 7th CP Teens UK Ball!

Everyone had such a brilliant time! Some big thank yous go to…

 

Debbie, Karen, Andrew, Jill, Nigel, Tim, Anna, Josh, Chloe, Emily & Kalum for transforming the room.

 

Anne, Jill & Celia for also transforming the room with beautiful flowers.

 

Over The Top, Clay Cross for providing such amazing balloons and for being so helpful.

India for helping host the Pre-Ball Party and for doing so much all year round.

 

Andy for being MC.

 

Matthew, CP Teens UK Senior Ambassador, for doing a fantastic speech so confidently about his journey.

 

Jess & Nicola for all your help and for supporting Ellie all year round enabling so many activities & events to happen.

 

Tim for being auctioneer.

LiveYou for sponsoring this year’s disco - and what a disco it was!

 

Our very generous auction donators - AB Photography, Matlock Farm Park, Casa Hotel, Nigel & Jill Hitchin, Tim & Caroline Lowe and Anne Lowe.

 

Casa Hotel who host us year after year and put on a great night.

 

Every single person who attends & supports CP Teens UK - not just on Saturday night, but all year round. We’re always amazed by peoples support & generosity. Without this, we couldn’t do what we do.

 

Our young people & their families who are the heart, soul & spirit of CP Teens UK. To see many of you on that dance floor is a joy. You are all fantastic role models to one another & the friendships are so wonderful to see!

 

And last but by no means least, Debbie, the Chair of CP Teens UK who never stops and none of this would be possible without her.

 

Photos coming soon!

 

Amount raised will be announced soon! Keep your eyes peeled

 

Details of the big 10-year anniversary Ball in 2023 will be announced soon! You don’t want to miss out!

 

THANK YOU!!

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world cerebral palsy day 2022

October 6th, 2022

Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day!

A day to recognise and celebrate the lives and achievements of the 17 million people around the world who live with Cerebral Palsy.

 

Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term referring to a lifelong condition effecting movement and coordination as a result of a brain injury before, during or after birth.

 

Today we celebrate everyone with Cerebral Palsy. The young, the old, the boys, the girls, the men and the women. The students, the workers, the athletes, the bloggers, the campaigners, the writers, the grafters, the models, the game changers, the office workers, the teachers and the never give uppers.

 

The artists, the mathematicians, the designers, the academics, the trial blazers, the retail assistants, the scientists, the coaches and the computer whizzes.

The party animals, the dancers, the jokers, the stars of the show, the actors and actresses and the musicians.

 

The film lovers, the comedians, the singers, the organisers, the fashionistas and the innovators. The mums, the dads, the sisters, the brothers, the grandparents, the grandchildren and the nieces & nephews. The best friends, the neighbours, the book worms, the bakers, the thinkers and the travellers. The Netflix enthusiasts, the health care workers, the cooks, the collectors, the motivators and the 9-5 workers. The list is endless!

 

Today we celebrate everyone with Cerebral Palsy and go green!

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A busy evening online

October 4th, 2022

We had a busy evening online yesterday evening...

First of all, we had the first session of Peer Support. These sessions build on youngster's overall 'mental fitness' and provides a safe, supportive environment to chat problems and topics through with likeminded youngsters. We started off with a mental fitness task and went onto share & discuss common problems that have happened recently in the lives of the young people.

Later on, we had our second workshop in partnership with LiveYou - 'Getting The Most Out Of Your University Experience'. Lots of great information shared from young disabled people to young disabled people!

NEXT PEER SUPPORT: Monday 10th October, 5-6pm

 

NEXT WORKSHOP: 'PA Recruitment & Managing The Relationship', Monday 7th November, 7-8.30pm

 

Register on the EVENTS page

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Rosie Wins The mini marathon!

October 2nd, 2022

A massive well done & congratulations to Rosie who has come joint FIRST in the Mini London Marathon!

 

Rosie, who has Cerebral Palsy, is a T38 track athlete and usually competes in sprinting meaning that the 2.6k race was a real challenge for her.

 

Rosie, who participates in 'Chit & Chat', was running in memory of her family friend, Hayley, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

 

What a phenomenal achievement Rosie - not only did you smash it, you only went and WON it! We are all so proud!

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ChAT & Chill - a great first!

Sept 26th, 2022

We had a great first session of Chat & Chill tonight!

Chat & Chill is specifically for adults with Cerebral Palsy and similar physical disabilities. It is a brand new initiative in line with our recent age expansion beyond 25-years.

We chatted away about all sorts, including the battles of transitioning from paediatrics to adult services - "because obvs I woke up cured on my 18th birthday, it was a great present...!".

NEXT SESSION: Monday 24th October, 8-9pm

 

REGISTER: EVENTS (no need to re-register if you've already registered for this autumn block. 18+ only for this particular service)

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Chit & Chat returns!

Sept 21st, 2022

Back together again! A fantastic return of Chit & Chat this evening for the autumn block of 2022!

 

Back to school for many after a busy summer - scout camps, holidays from Cornwall to New York, and GCSE/A Level results.

 

We also spoke about the late Queen and the queue to join the queue - there is nothing more British than a queue to join a queue.

 

"I just wanted to say how lovely it is for me to see one of the people running it having CP like me, it makes me feel a lot better about my disability so I just wanted to say thank you" - and this is exactly why Chit & Chat is so important

 

A big happy birthday to Nathan for next week!

 

A big congratulations to Rebekah who started a volunteer position this summer, which she secured independently.

 

NEXT SESSION: Wednesday 5th October, 5-6pm

 

REGISTER: EVENTS (no need to re-register if you've already signed up for this current block)

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Matt completes great north run!

Sept 12th, 2022

A massive well done & congratulations to CP Teens UK Ambassador, Matthew Humphreys, for completing the Great North Run yesterday on his Frame Runner in 2 hours, 13 minutes!

Matt, who was the first person ever to complete the London Marathon on a Frame Runner, will be doing a short speech at the upcoming 2022 CP Teens UK Ball* about his journey and achievements to date.

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*Tickets have now SOLD OUT

 

NOTICE: Bogus/scam Facebook accounts that appear genuine keep commenting on this post stating that they have tickets for sale. Please do not engage, it is a scam and tickets have now SOLD OUT. All comments claiming that they are selling tickets are being deleted. Any genuine resale tickets, if they become available due to cancellation, will be sold on if possible through CP Teens UK

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workshop postponed

Sept 12th, 2022

Due to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth ll's funeral on Monday 19th September 2022, we are postponing the 'Getting The Most Out Of Your University Experience' workshop in partnership with LiveYou, which was due to take place on this date.

The workshop will now take place on Monday 3rd October 2022, 7pm. If you haven't yet signed up but want to join, you can still register for the workshop on the Events page.

'Chit & Chat' will resume as normal for the new block on Wednesday 21st September 2022. We will be sharing and chatting about our memories of the Queen and what she meant to our young people.

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thank you for everything, m'am

Sept 8th, 2022

Rest in peace Your Majesty, Queen Elizabeth ll

 

We are so sad to hear of the death of Her Majesty. CP Teens UK had a great day out in 2019 at Windsor Castle. It was incredibly accessible and had a Changing Places facility - a reflection on how inclusive Her Majesty was.

 

May she rest in peace.

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Chit & Chat returns!

Sept 8th, 2022

CHIT & CHAT IS BACK!

One of our most popular initiatives is back for our the final block this year (September-December 2022)! This block will run until Christmas.

Online informal, interactive and fun social sessions! Meet and chat with like-minded youngsters from the comfort of your own home and in a supportive, safe space.

Fortnightly (with a couple of exceptions) - Wednesdays, 5-6pm GMT

REGISTER: Events

Under-18's must have a parent/carer present in the room.

Maximum age limit - 25-years. Recommended minimum age - 11-years.

Chat box feature available for non-verbal participants/participants who struggle with speech or prefer to use written communication. Participants very welcome to just sit & listen if they wish.

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new launch - peer support

Aug 24th, 2022

NEW LAUNCH - PEER SUPPORT!

Come chat, share & solve in an informal, safe environment with likeminded people.

 

A problem shared is a problem halved! Share your stories, hear from other youngsters and support one another.

 

Mondays, 5-6pm. Starting on 3rd October 2022. 14-25 years old with a physical disability.

 

REGISTER: Events

 

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