Bobath newsletter - June 2018

Welcome to our June newsletter with details of some great events and groups that you can get involved in, as well as other news about Bobath.

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Cerebral Palsy Scotland Conference and Exhibition 2018 - Registration is now open

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The Cerebral Palsy Scotland Conference and Exhibition 2018 is now open for registrations.

Hosted by Bobath Scotland and supported by Digby Brown, this free-to-attend event will take place on 4 October in Hampden Park, Glasgow.

The Cerebral Palsy Scotland conference is for all those with experience of CP - either directly, through family, or professionally. The conference provides:

  • a meeting place for the Cerebral Palsy community in Scotland
  • an opportunity to learn about and discuss topical issues
  • an exhibition showcasing charities, services, and other organisations that support people with CP 

For all the details on the day's programme, speakers and exhibitors - and to register - please visit the conference website.

Do you have something to say about Cerebral Palsy? 
Call for conference speakers

We are currently looking for people from a range of backgrounds to speak at our conference. Whether you are a professional, someone with family or direct experience of CP, or if you are providing a service that supports people with CP, we would like to hear from you.

To find out how you can submit a speaker proposal, please visit the call for speakers page on the conference website.

National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions

A new Action Plan is currently being developed that aims to improve NHS and social care services for adults with neurological conditions and those close to them. 

To support the development of the National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions, the National Advisory Committee for Neurological Conditions (NACNC) is holding three public engagement events in June. The registration for these events is now closed, but we will keep you informed of the progress of the Plan over the coming months.

The Chair of NACNC, Dr Richard Davenport, will also be speaking at the Cerebral Palsy Scotland Conference and Exhibition in October with an update on this and other policy issues.

Summer Skills Workshops for people aged 16-26

Summer Skills Workshops

Bobath will be hosting Summer Workshops at our Glasgow centre for young people with Cerebral Palsy between the ages of 16 – 26 years. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet and work with other young people.  

Workshops will be held at the Bobath Scotland centre on Tuesday 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 July between 12.00-14.00. Sessions will consist of a one-hour workshop, followed by time to have lunch and socialise. You are welcome to come to all the sessions, or just some. Workshops will cover different topics, including: Self Directed Support, RaceRunning, Cookery demo, Employment law, and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy. For more information and to register please visit our events page.

Summer get-together for adults

Summer get together

Last year a FaceBook group called Cerebral Palsy Scotland was set up, for adults with Cerebral Palsy to talk to other adults with Cerebral Palsy in Scotland.

The group had their first get-together in December, and all who came to it really enjoyed it and wanted to attend another event.

Another get together for adults with Cerebral Palsy will take place on 27 June 2018, between 11.30-2.30 at Bobath Scotland's Glasgow centre. This will be a great opportunity to come and meet new/old friends, learn about CP and share experiences of CP. 

As well as a chance to socialise, there will be a talk and Q&A session with a Bobath therapist, and a presentation from the Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, highlighting their upcoming production, 'My Left/Right Foot'. For further details and to register please visit the event webpage.

Bobath Buddies group for children aged 5-11

Bobath Buddies

Bobath Buddies is a social club for children age 5-11 that runs over the October school holidays. Hosted by our therapists, the group runs for five mornings and afternoons, and aims to give children an opportunity to try new activities, make friends and have fun.

Each year Bobath Buddies has a different theme that all the group activities are centred around. Previous themes include carnivals, pirates and woodlands. Buddies will take part in craft activities, singing, and play games that help to develop their physical and communication skills.

To register interest in your child attending Bobath Buddies in 2018, please visit our Bobath Buddies webpage and complete the online form.

Are you a professional interested in Bobath training?

Bobath training

We are putting out a call to any professionals who are interested in Bobath training to get in touch with us. 

We are currently trying to arrange bringing the Bobath training course to Scotland, so are keen to gauge interest. In order to undertake the training, you need to have a professional qualification (PT, OT or SLT) and to have 2 years paediatric experience. Please send any questions or notes of interest to:

Helping Hands - subsidised therapy for adults

If you are aged 18 or over, you may be able to apply for subsidised therapy sessions at our Glasgow centre, via the Helping Hands scheme.

Through the generous support of the Robertson Trust, the Helping Hands scheme allows an adult to access up to two blocks of therapy sessions per year. Each block comprises of ten 1-hour sessions. The discounted rate for a block of ten sessions is £750 (£75 per session). For further information, and to register interest, please visit the Helping Hands webpage.

Great day at Dragon Boats 2018

Summer get together

We had an amazing day at Loch Lomond on 2 June, for our annual Dragon Boats racing event. 

A huge thank you to all 11 rowing teams, their supporters, and the many volunteers who came together to fundraise in the sunshine for Bobath and make the day such a success.

In a nail-biting final between the Mattelots, the Fun Police and JMA Prestige, JMA's precision rowing led them to victory! Please visit Bobath Scotland's FaceBook page to see photos and videos from the day. 

Can Bobath come to your school to talk about CP?

Bobath's Community Fundraiser Julie Ritchie has so far visited two secondary schools and three primary schools this year, to raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy and talk about the charity's work.

Julie visited Rosshall Academy and Lenzie Academy to support students' participation in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), and at Ravenswood, Chryston and Park View Primaries Julie hosted interactive sessions, talking about what happens at the therapy centre, playing with adapted toys and working with various living aids to show how people with cerebral palsy can be more independent. To arrange a visit to your school please contact:  

Support Bobath with your Co-Op 1%

The Co-op are currently asking their Members to pick a local cause to support with their 1%. 

If you are a Co-op Member in the Glasgow area and select us as your chosen charity, when you buy selected Co-op branded products and services, 1% of the money you spend will go to us. Co-op members can make us their chosen charity by visiting:

Investment partnership raising funds for Bobath

Summer get together

Bobath Scotland needs to raise £8.50 of every £10 we spend to deliver support to children and adults with Cerebral Palsy. 

We are pleased to have partnered with TAM Asset Management in a new initiative that allows individuals to invest their money while raising funds for our therapy centre.

Greenfinch is TAM's new wealth management platform that allows users to invest in a range of mainstream and ethical portfolios. Through TAM's You Give We Give (YGWG) scheme, Greenfinch users can then choose to donate a slice of their annual profits to Bobath Scotland. Investors are also given the opportunity to make an initial donation when they open their accounts. Read the news story here.