We achieve this through providing specialist therapy at our Glasgow-based therapy centre, supporting both the individual and their family/carers in a relaxed, non-clinical and fun environment. The Bobath approach enhances an individual's mobility, communication and independent living skills and thus their everyday quality of life.
We offer a specialist knowledge base to analyse the individual's skills and suggest ways of enhancing their abilities. Everyone involved in the care and development of each person is invited to therapy sessions - including parents and siblings, grandparents, friends, local therapists, teachers and nursery assistants - ensuring the aims for each individual are co-ordinated and realistic to their own environments.
We equip carers, the individual with cerebral palsy and anyone else involved in the child's or adult's life with skills to support them in achieving goals that meet their needs. Community therapists, care workers, teachers, classroom assistants can all benefit with the knowledge and skills to work more effectively with children and adults who have cerebral palsy.
We also offer short courses to all groups involved with children and adults with cerebral palsy aiming to promote an understanding of the condition and what can be realistically achieved using the Bobath approach.
Bobath Scotland was founded in 1995 by a group of parents who fundraised and campaigned tirelessly to bring the service to Scotland - before this point, they had been forced to make the journey to London so their children could access Bobath treatment.
Since then, the charity has grown and developed, moving several times in its history. In November 2009, we settled down in our permanent home in Port Dundas, close to Glasgow city centre. The new location, in a specially-adapted therapy building, has proved to be very beneficial for the children and families we help, and we have continued to adapt the building as needed, installing a long-awaited therapy kitchen in the summer of 2011.
We have provided over 33,000 therapy sessions to children from the length and breadth of Scotland since our inception 20 years ago, and we have also been treating adults since April 2012, when we began our adult service (originally funded for 2 years as a pilot project by the Robertson Trust).
We are heavily reliant on support from the public to fund our therapy services - 75% of our income comes from our own fundraising. We simply would not be able to help as many individuals with cerebral palsy as we do without the help of people like you. Learn more about fundraising here.