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Register today for the Cerebral Palsy Scotland Conference, 4 October

Hosted by Bobath Scotland and supported by Digby Brown Solicitors, the Cerebral Palsy Scotland Conference and Exhibition is for all those with experience of CP - either directly, through family, or professionally. In its fifth year, this is a great opportunity to meet others within the CP community and learn about and discuss topical issues. Please visit the conference website for full details of the programme and speakers. 

With just six weeks to go until the conference, we are delighted that nearly 100 delegates have already signed up to attend. The conference is free to attend, and you can register online at the conference website.

Almost 30 charities, services and other organisations supporting people with CP are already participating in the conference exhibition, and we expect to have many more on the day. If you think your organisation would benefit from connecting with the Cerebral Palsy Scotland audience, then please register for a stand at the conference website.

 

Raise funds for Bobath at the Great Scottish Run

Would you like to raise funds for Bobath and fancy taking on a sporting challenge? We are calling on supporters to sign up for the Great Scottish Run, which takes place in Glasgow city centre across 29 and 30 September. With a Toddler Run, Junior Dash, Family Mile, 10K and Half Marathon to choose from, there is something for runners of all abilities. Whether you’re already taking part or about to register, join our fundraising team and receive your free Bobath running vest!

 

Right Start continues to support young children

Bobath is just about to begin the fourth year of its successful Right Start programme. Through the generous support of the Big Lottery, Right Start annually provides funded therapy for 25 children aged 2-6 with Cerebral Palsy, who are making the important transition to nursery or primary school. Because Bobath is committed to working with people across the country, 15 children per year receive therapy in our Glasgow centre, while 10 others take part in the Right Start Outreach Programme, which in 2018 will take place in East Lothian. You can register your interest for the Right Start programme at any time by completing our online form.


Super Summer of Bobath groups and events

Bobath had a bumper crop of groups and events taking place this year over the summer break. We kicked off on 27 June with the Cerebral Palsy Scotland FaceBook Group Summer Get-together. This was the second meet-up organised by the online group (pictured above), which was set up in 2017 to help adults with Cerebral Palsy connect. There was a great turn out, and those that attended enjoyed hearing from one of the Bobath therapists as well as taking part in a vibrant discussion on disability and the arts with actors from the Birds of Paradise Theatre Company. Bobath also hosted a week-long Life Skills Group for ages 11-14, and a Summer Skills Group for young adults aged 16-26. The Summer Skills Group ran once a week over five weeks, with guest presenters giving those that attended the chance to learn about a topical issue and take part in activities ranging from RaceRunning to cookery to music. Bobath runs groups throughout the year for different age groups. If you or your child would be interested in finding about more, please contact olive.leonard@bobath.scot.  

 

Save for Bobath with a home money box

Would you like to raise some money for Bobath but not sure where to start? Why not ask us to mail you a home money box. If you fill just one Bobath money box with £1 coins you will have raised enough to provide one specialist therapy session for a child with Cerebral Palsy. Whether you choose to keep your box in your home or workplace - your donations will help us open up a world of possibilities to a child with CP. Email julie.ritchie@bobath.scot and we’ll send you out a box today.

 

Would you like to qualify as a Bobath trained therapist?

Bobath Scotland is funding up to 24 places for therapists on the Basic Bobath Foundation Course taking place in Glasgow. For people with Cerebral Palsy, getting specialist help when it matters most can be life changing. The course is suitable for Scottish doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists or speech and language therapists and applicants must have at least two years full-time/equivalent postgraduate experience in the treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy. The closing date for applications is Friday 5 October. Apply here.

 

Supporting Disabled Children, Young People and their Families

On 5 September, the Scottish Government will conclude a consultation on the content and format of a public resource that will look to provide information, based on the lived experiences of disabled children, young people, and their families across three pillars: rights and information, accessibility of support, and transitions. The resource, 'Supporting Disabled Children, Young People and their Families' will be developed into a website and mobile device app. The final version of the resource will be published in late 2018 or early 2019. For more information, visit the Scottish Government website.

 

Bobath Visitor Morning, 20 September

Our next Visitor Morning at Bobath for qualified therapy, medical and educational professionals will take place on 20 September between 9.30am-12.30pm. The sessions are free of charge and include an introduction to Cerebral Palsy, the Bobath therapy concept and how we work at Bobath Scotland. Apply here.


My Left/Right Foot

Bobath is currently working on projects with Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, an accessible arts company that produces world-class productions and projects that place disabled artists centre stage. Bobath staff (pictured above) had a great night at the Fringe for BOP's latest work, 'My Left/Right Foot', which runs until 27 August. The play recently won a 'Fringe First' award, so congratulations to the team!