“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.”
Schools are a vital part of the Bobath Scotland community. Teachers and classroom assistants come to the centre to learn about cerebral palsy or work with therapists in understanding a particular child’s condition. Children are often keen to learn more about the way different people live and how bodies work, so talking about cerebral palsy in the classroom or at a school assembly can be a great experience for everyone. School pupils are also some of the best fundraisers we know!
We believe it’s important to teach children about disability at a young age, and encouraging them to volunteer or raise money is a great way to do this. A classic way of fundraising is to hold a charity dress-down day, or you can organise a charity disco or maybe a sponsored walk with a twist? Splish Splash for Bobath is great fun, especially for younger children. Older teenagers at high school or college might be able to help out at a bag-packing in a local supermarket, helping to raise both funds and awareness.
We also have some resources available to download for use in nurseries and schools that introduce children to cerebral palsy and help them begin to understand the condition.
We can also provide lesson plans and resources, deliver workshops on fundraising days and ensure your work with Bobath Scotland ties into the curriculum.
If you have any questions about how your school can get involved in fundraising for Bobath Scotland, please don't hesitate to contact our fundraising team on 0141 352 5000. Our Community Fundraiser, Julie, will be on hand throughout your fundraising to offer support and help your school get the most out of the experience. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can get involved.