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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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PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a professional mental health service. Whilst these sessions are designed to help with youngsters' 'mental fitness' by sharing issues and topics effecting them with other physically disabled youngsters, it should not be used as a substitute to professional mental health support. These sessions purely create a safe space for youngsters to talk and connect with other youngsters who share similar challenges.

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Irwin mitchell sponsor wobble

Aug 15th, 2022

We're delighted to announce that Irwin Mitchell are sponsoring the 2022 CP Teens UK Sponsored Wobble! A big thank you to Irwin Mitchell

5k, your way! Walk, wobble or wheel! ALL mobility aids welcome.

Accessible route through Chatsworth Park.

Saturday 24th September, 2pm start.

T-shirts & medals for all 'CP Teens' (participants with a physical disability, no min or max age)

REGISTER: Events. PLEASE NOTE: You must pre-register to participate.

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fantastic, hot day at London zoo!

Aug 14th, 2022

We had such a fantastic day yesterday at London Zoo!

Lots of laughs and fun in the London heatwave . From penguins, to getting up close and personal to the goats, we had a brilliant time together.

“We had such a great day yesterday, thank you so much! Such lovely people who are now my friends!”

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new launch - Chat & chill

Aug 9th, 2022

NEW LAUNCH -CHAT & CHILL!

 

Chat & Chill with CP+ (a part of CP Teens UK) - especially for individuals who are 26-years & beyond, and those 18-years+ who would like to interact in an adult community!

 

Mondays, 8-9pm.

Once a month.

 

The inaugural block will run Sept-Dec 2022:

Monday 26th Sept

Monday 24th Oct

Monday 21st Nov

Monday 19th Dec

 

Register: Events

 

PLEASE NOTE - THIS IS A DIFFERENT SERVICE TO 'CHIT & CHAT', WHICH IS FORTNIGHTLY FOR OUR CORE AGE GROUP OF 8-25 YEARS. Those who are 18-25 who participate in 'Chit & Chat' are welcome to join both services. 'Chit & Chat' dates for autumn 2022 will be released soon

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Boccia is a go in 2023!

Aug 8th, 2022

Boccia is ON in 2023! Following the success of our recent Taster Day, we'll be delivering regular Boccia from January 2023!

Come and try the fully inclusive sport of Boccia! We encourage youngsters to come to all 4 sessions if possible if they're interested in a competitive pathway and/or building on their playing skills & technique.

Block 1 (Jan-Apr) is as follows:

Sunday 15th January

Sunday 12th February

Sunday 26th March

Sunday 30th April

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!

The Community Hub, Chesterfield FC Community Trust

 

REGISTER: Events

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BIG NEWS - WE ARE eXPANDING!

Aug 1st, 2022

IT'S TIME!...

CP Teens UK is EXPANDING!

 

Since 2013, CP Teens UK has been providing 'help, hope, inspiration & friendship' for children and young people with Cerebral Palsy and physical disabilities. Nearly 10-years has passed and many of are youngsters are growing up fast.

 

So, we're growing with them!

 

CP Teens UK is expanding to provide services for 26-years and beyond! These services will also be open to our youngsters 18+ for those who wish to have an adult community.

 

We remain exactly the same, and our core focus age group still remains 8-25 years old. 'CP+' will be an additional add-on to CP Teens UK, our services and our community.

WATCH OUR LAUNCH VIDEO ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

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Congratulations to Rebekah!

July 21st, 2022

Congratulations to regular 'Chit & Chatter', Rebekah, who has been offered a voluntary position recently! We will look forward to hearing all about it in the next session of Chit & Chat after the summer!

 

Well done Rebekah!

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Lazing on a sunny afternoon

July 17th, 2022

We had such a great afternoon into early evening yesterday at the CP Teens UK 2022 Summer Picnic at Chatsworth!

It was hot, yet perfectly timed before the extreme heat sets in.

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Raffle & auction prizes wanted!

June 30th, 2022

WANTED!

Raffle & Auction Prizes for the 2022 CP Teens UK Ball.

Our annual Ball is our main fundraiser and enables us to continue to work to provide 'help, hope, inspiration & friendship' to children and young people with Cerebral Palsy/physical disabilities.

We'd be incredibly grateful if any businesses, companies etc. could donate any prizes for our Raffle or Auction.

If you can help, please email office@cpteensuk.org

 

Thank you!

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Great day out at the wildlife park

June 26th, 2022

We’ve had such a fantastic day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park!

Sunshine, fun and lots of endangered animals to see. Tigers, lions, rhinos, zebras, wallabies, lemars... the list is endless!

What’s next?…

 

NEXT IN PERSON: Summer Picnic with Giant Garden Games. Saturday 16th July, Chatsworth

 

NEXT ONLINE: Chit & Chat. Wednesday 29th June, 5-6pm

REGISTER: EVENTS

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Matt smashes it in york

June 24th, 2022

Friday Feels...

"Sometimes it's the very people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things no one can imagine"

A massive well done to CP Teens UK Ambassador, Matt, who delivered a fantastic speech last week all about his life, achievements and accomplishments to date at York Racecourse.

Matt, who has Quadriplegic Dystonia, delivered the speech via AAC and delivered a funny, inspiring speech that he wrote himself lasting 15 minutes.

 

Well done Matt!

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It's a 'no' for hobnobs!

June 22nd, 2022

Yet another Chit & Chat on this glorious sunny evening!

We decided that Hobnobs are "disgusting" and that Pringles are a nightmare to eat with coordination issues - if you're lucky enough to get it out of the tube without squishing, then you're definitely going to get 'bits' everywhere once you take a bite!

One participant is busy fundraising for a trip of a lifetime next summer to the Scout Jamboree, whilst another participant has just finished the last term of formal education!

NEXT SESSION: Wednesday 29th June 2022, 5-6pm.

 

REGISTER: EVENTS (no need to re-register if you've already registered for this block/joined us in this block)

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Birmingham, we are coming!

June 21st, 2022

NEW EVENT JUST ADDED!

We're hosting in Birmingham! Join us for a social over bowling and a meal!

Bowling is FREE and each 'CP Teen' can claim back up to £25 for their and a +1's food, drink & travel costs.

£10 refundable deposit to secure place - i.e. you get this back upon showing up.

Exact location/times confirmed after registering.

ALL under-18's and/or those requiring support MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT/CARER/PA. Youngsters requiring 2-to-1 considered on a case by case basis.

REGISTER: EVENTS

Deadline to register: Sunday 31st July, 6pm GMT

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WHO IS YOUR DISABILITY HERO?

June 20th, 2022

Monday Motivation ... Do you know an individual who is a disability hero?

LAUNCHING THE 2022 ANDREW LONGDEN 'HERO OF DISABILITY' AWARD

 

The Andrew Longden 'Hero of Disability' Award is a special annual award recognising inspirational individuals in memory of CP Teens UK coach & friend, Andrew Longden.

 

Andrew, who sadly passed away at the beginning of 2018, changed the lives of many disabled youngsters through his coaching, mentorship & encouragement. He coached CP Teens UK Founder, Ellie from when she started Athletics and with the development and growth of both CP Teens UK and RaceRunning, in 2015 Andrew started coaching RaceRunning for the charity.

 

In 2021, the award expanded beyond the sporting arena. Andrew was passionate about opportunities and equality for people with disabilities in all areas of life, not just sport. Andrew was a great friend who championed youngsters with disabilities and took great delight in each individual's achievements and journey, both in and out of sport.

 

The award is presented on an annual basis at the CP Teens UK Ball and will recognise anyone involved in disability who gives back and displays the same attributes that Andrew did - love, passion, outstanding commitment and a true dedication to improving the lives of disabled people.

NOMINATE HERE: NOMINATE

CLOSING DATE: Monday 29th August 2021, 23:59 GMT

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London Zoo just added!

June 20th, 2022

NEW EVENT JUST ADDED!

London Zoo

Saturday 13th August 2022

 

Come & join us for a fun-filled day and social at London Zoo! London Zoo, in the heart of the UK capital, is a fantastic place to experience a truly wonderful and breathtaking adventure!

 

'CP Teens' (person with Cerebral Palsy/physical disabilities) and a +1* come along and entry FREE.

 

Fully accessible.

Changing Places facility.

 

Family/friends welcome.

All under-18's and those requiring support MUST ATTEND WITH A PARENT/CARER/PA.

 

£20 deposit required to secure place - this is fully refundable and will be refunded to you upon show on 13/08/2022.

 

REGISTER: EVENTS. Deadline to register is Friday 15th July 2022.

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*If person with the physical disability requires 2-to-1, this can be covered on a case by case basis.

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Lots of Boccia fun!

June 11th, 2022

We had a fantastic afternoon of Boccia fun today!

 

Thank you so much to coach, Bob, for delivering a great afternoon for us!

Everyone enjoyed it so much that we’re hoping to run regular CP Teens UK Boccia sessions!

 

Watch this space…

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a busy night online

June 8th, 2022

A busy evening online for CP Teens UK!

First of all, we had Chit & Chat. Another hour chatting away - new wheelchairs, TikTok's latest viral trend 'Binley Mega Chippy', and Eva Abley - Britain's Got Talent Finalist. Everyone loved Eva and we'd love her to join Chit & Chat some time! What do you think Eva?!

Then we had the first in a three part workshop series in partnership with LiveYou - 'Care Funding & Your Rights'. A great, informative session providing key information enabling young disabled adults to get the best possible independence.

Next stop, Boccia on Saturday!

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Adrian completes his challenge!

May 23rd, 2022

HE DID IT!

You may remember Adrian who has Cerebral Palsy and decided on the mammoth challenge to climb a mountain in aid of CP Teens UK...

Adrian completed this back-breaking, massive, inspiring challenge last week!

On completing the humungous challenge, Adrian said, "On my JustGiving we have raised a grand total of £600. That is 171% of my target of £350! But, it was not all plain sailing...

At the start of the challenge I was walking at a blistering pace. At that point I felt like I could do it and I felt I was up to the challenge. I got into a really good PMA (positive mental Adchude!).

Then, as we where approaching the halfway point of the challenge, I felt like quitting. I was starting to run out of steam because we saw how much further we had to go. But I kept going because I remembered that I was doing this all for CP Teens UK...and my guitar!

The second half of my challenge was tough because of the challenging terrain. It was rocky and very steep. I had to scramble, but I kept going because I remembered that my prize was my dream guitar.

It was hard getting to the top but it was an absolutely amazing feeling after 4 and a half hours of strenuous climbing. In total it took me six-and-a-half hours to complete the challenge!"

Wow! Incredible stuff!

Thank you SO, SO much Adrian!

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Pizza kits on the road!

May 19th, 2022

UK-wide CP Teens UK pizza delivery in process today!

From Glasgow to Plymouth, youngsters who signed up for tomorrow's CP Teens UK Pizza Night are receiving delivery of their pizza kits today! The fresh kits, which will be delivered in a cool box, contain:

2 Dough Balls

Fresh Basil

Tomato Sauce

Fior De Latte Mozzarella

'00' Flour

Parmesan

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

We can't wait to see everyone's pizzas tomorrow night!

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Another Chit & Chat!

May 18th, 2022

A busy Chit & Chat this evening!

It's exam season, so lots of our youngsters are revising hard! As always, we chatted away about a range of things including PGL trips, para athletics, and using a scribe in exams - it's so hard having to verbalise everything you want to get down, including full stops & commas!

NEXT SESSION: Wednesday 8th June 2022, 5-6pm GMT

Register on the EVENTS page (no need to re-register if you've already signed up for/joined us in this current block)

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LiveYou sponsor the 2022 Disco

May 13th, 2022

We're delighted to announce LiveYou as our sponsors for the disco at the 2022 CP Teens UK Ball!

It's time to get your dancing shoes ready!

Have you got your tickets yet? They're going FAST! Full information & tickets HERE

A big thank you to LiveYou - a user-led organisation that enable those with physical disabilities to live life without limits by removing barriers and turning, what would ordinarily be disadvantages, into advantages.

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Interested in sponsorship packages for the 2022 CP Teens UK Ball? Please email ellie@cpteensuk.org

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25 wonderful things for abbie

May 11th, 2022

One of our regular 'Chit & Chatters', Abbie, has her own blog.

Abbie is soon turning 25-years-old and she has written a post to mark her 25th birthday - '25 Amazing Memories & Achievements as I turn 25'.

From skiing to moving away to college, Abbie talks about her 'top 25' in life so far.

READ HERE: https://abbiesmart.blogspot.com/.../25-amazing-memories...

Happy birthday too Abbie for later this month!

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Chit & Chat is back for block 2

May 5th, 2022

Chit & Chat was back last night!

As ever, fun, laughs and lots of chat! From Florida holidays, to favourite theme park rides, school residentials and looking forward to the summer after University exams, we chatted away. And, we have a very important question for Bear Grylls... will you join one of our Chit & Chat sessions one day please?!

One of our regular 'Chit & Chatters', Nathan, was awarded a Gallantry Medal from Bear Grylls himself, the Chief Scout! Nathan was given the award in recognition of his courage, determination and resilience.

Please Bear Grylls, please!

NEXT SESSION: Wednesday 18th May 2022, 5-6pm

Register on the EVENTS page (no need to re-register if you have already registered/joined us in this block)

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The sPONSORED WOBBLE IS BACK!

May 3rd, 2022

It's back! The famous CP Teens UK Sponsored Wobble!

Come and 'wobble' with CP Teens UK! Walk, 'wobble' or wheel - accessible 5k route through Chatsworth Park. Do it your way, achieve something new and make friends! A great day out for everyone in the beautiful surroundings of Chatsworth.

All mobility aids welcome.

 

Saturday 24th September 2022, Chatsworth, Derbyshire.

 

Start: 2pm All details, start, route etc. given after registration.

 

Medals for all 'CP Teens'.

 

Prize for the individual who raises the most.

 

FREE personalised t-shirt for everyone who raises over £75.

 

Raffle with exciting prize.

 

Disclaimers are required to be signed by ALL participants prior to the event. These will be sent out via email. No disclaimer = no participation.

 

Everyone welcome! Bring all your friends & family! Dogs welcome.

Registration on the EVENTS page.

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Matt has done it in 2 hours, 30 mins

May 1st, 2022

Matt has finished the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon in 2 hours, 30 minutes!

Matt said, "It was hillier than I thought, so I was slower than I’ve done for a long time, but I'm pleased to have done it for CP Teens UK!"

Amazing achievement Matt, and thank you SO, SO much!

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Go Matt, go! half marathon Matt

May 1st, 2022

Matt is out running for CP Teens UK this morning in the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon!

Matt, who has Quadriplegic Dystonia (similar to Cerebral Palsy), uses a Frame Runner - a three-wheeled frame, which resembles a tricycle without pedals. A Frame Runner has a chest plate and a seat, which takes the person's/athlete's weight enabling them to freely move their legs allowing them to run. Frame Runners are for people and athletes with physical disabilities resulting in balance, coordination and mobility issues, such as Cerebral Palsy.

You may remember Matt entered the history books last year when he was the first ever person to run the famous London Marathon on a Frame Runner!

Best of luck Matt, and a massive thank you! You are amazing and such a positive role model proving that anything is possible!

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Chit & Chat is back!

April 30th, 2022

CHIT & CHAT IS BACK ON WEDNESDAY!

One of our most popular initiatives is back for our second block this year (May-July 2022)! This block will run until the school summer holidays.

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 - Wednesdays, 5-6pm GMT

 

Register on the EVENTS page

 

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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Thank you to Bobath!

April 21st, 2022

A massive thank you to The National Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre for