Help us support more people living with CP in Scotland
“The whole Bobath experience taught us that we’re not alone in this. The staff were so professional, pleasant and un-fazed by it all. Physically and emotionally, for Alfie and all of us, it was a fantastic experience. It really was a turning point for us – of acceptance of Alfie’s cerebral palsy and that, although life will be very different for him, it does not mean it will be bad.”
Through the generosity of donors over the last 20 years, we have helped many children with profound cerebral palsy to reach their full potential in life. These children are often unable to walk, communicate, eat, drink, or even sit without help. Their future is one of dependence, discomfort and pain, and despite their disability, these children are often intelligent and many want to live independently.
Many more children who would benefit from our work have been identified for therapy, and we are determined to raise the funds necessary to ensure that no child goes without the support they so desperately need.
We need to raise £8.50 of every £10 it costs to make magic moments possible, and if we raise enough funds, together we can provide practical and emotional support to children and empower parents to give their child the best possible start in life. We have also been able to develop a special service for adults, where none exists within the NHS, with help from the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust and The Robertson Trust. Even simple adjustments can be transformational in everyday life enabling people to live independently, work, develop relationships and social lives and be an active part of their community.
There are around 15,000 people in Scotland living with cerebral palsy. You can ensure that even children and adults with the most challenging and complex needs receive the vital care we provide at Bobath Scotland. If you‘d like to talk about your fundraising idea or simply say hello, the fundraising team would love to hear from you. Please feel free to give them a call on 0141 352 5000 or contact us here.
Together we can open up a world of possibilities. Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common childhood disability, affecting around 1 in 500 people. It is a lifelong condition caused by damage to the brain before, during or after birth, which affects muscle control and movement. Whilst the brain damage will not change, what an individual can achieve is dependent on access to help.
1 in 3 is unable to walk
1 in 4 is unable to talk
1 in 2 has an intellectual impairment
1 in 4 has epilepsy
Most sadly, 3 in 4 experience pain every day.
Our team of specialist speech and language, occupational, and physiotherapists provide intensive blocks of therapy tailored to meet the needs of the specific child or adult. Typically, seven key practical areas are focused on in therapy: communication, mobility, independent living, personal care, play/leisure, accessing the curriculum and physical management of the condition. For example, whether a child wants to be able to operate their wheelchair more confidently in the playground, or a parent wants their child to sleep more peacefully at night, or an adult wants to be able to reduce their pain when sitting for long periods at work, we will do everything we can to make this possible.