Our VeraNic Artists here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands currently are exhibiting their artwork in our media room and each individual piece is open to bidding. If you are interested in bidding, you can comment below, email Development Officer Sarah at sarah@cpmids.org.uk or telephone 0121 427 3182 ext 3. At the end of September (30th September 2018) the artwork will be awarded to the highest bidder, we can arrange payment and have the artwork dispatched out to you. The money will go directly back to each artist directly as it is their hard work, inspiration and effort. 
 
All images have been framed and are available for you to place a bid on, please browse below. 
 
Note you are also welcome to come and visit Cerebral Palsy Midlands to see the artwork available in our media room. 
 

Anthony Lunney, 'Man's Best Friend', 2018 Highest bid currently stands at £30.00 

Mary Hill, 'Yellow Dress', 2018 Highest Bid currently stands at £20.00 

 
World Cerebral Palsy Day takes place Saturday October 6th, so we at Cerebral Palsy Midlands will be wearing green on the Friday 5th October to show our support for the National Day. 
 
We encourage you to get involved and support the day. If nothing else where something Green. Cerebral Palsy needs to be talked about and highlighted. This is our opportunity to raise awareness about a very significant disability that needs more focus and attention. 
 
SO WEAR GREEN 
 
The CPM Connection have only gone and launched their second album "Double Seconds". The album celebrates the talent that our artists have and encapsulates their pure expression. We are very proud of their achievements and look forward to their next showcase and Gig. 
 
The album is performed by' The CPM Connection' and also features 'Beats by Sean'.  
Tracks include:  
1. Chill Rock  
2. Tuesday Pop  
3. The Aliens Are Coming  
4. Land of Nod  
5. Fantastic Four  
6. Rest of the World  
7. Two Lads  
8. Simon's Dream  
9. The System  
10. Wake Up  
11. Roller Rain Hands  
12. Lazer  
13. May Banger  
14. Rise Up  
15. All Mouth  
16. Cyborg  
17. Outsiders  
18. Superman  
19. Every Night I Hear The Waves  
20. Double Seconds  
Recorded and produced by Matthew Philip Hale, with great help from Ben Linstead. 2018. 

Click below to hear 'Double Seconds'  on Spotify 

Click below to hear the album on You Tube 

 
We had a lovely visitor at our Summer Sizzler on Monday 20th August here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands, thank you Lola. 
 
Lola is a 6 ½ year old Shih Tzu Pet’s as Therapy dog, Pet’s as Therapy enhances health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. 
 
With her owners Karl & Michele, Lola visits venues in the community such as Cerebral Palsy Midlands and Age Concern both based in Harborne. Lola is very friendly and loves visiting the centres to make lots of new friends and she always enjoys all of the fuss she gets when there. 
 
For any further information about this article please contact Development Officer Sarah Lilly by email sarah@cpmids.org.uk or telephone 0121 427 3182. 
 
Yesterday, Wednesday 22nd August some of our citizens from Cerebral Palsy Midlands had the great opportunity of meeting Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Councillor Paulette Hamilton.  
 
This meeting was to acknowledge all of the work that has been done together with Birmingham City Council, local Councillors, our citizens, other disabled members of the community, our community day-care centre Cerebral Palsy Midlands and many other organisations in the local area. Together, we all have been working on a 'Co-production', that being, a partnership to improve the support services for adults who live in our community. It's a big project, lots of great work has been acheived and there is of course more to be done.  
 
Yesterday, Councillor Hamilton acknowledged the time and effort that our people had given to the project, as of course, this will help the developments and improvements that take place in our city. 
Cerebral Palsy Midlands (CPM) support National Citizen Service (NCS) The Challenge Network in Birmingham who offer short courses to young adults aged 17 years-old. NCS offer a 3-4 week experience that helps build a young person and their confidence to better prepare them for life. They get to live away from home, develop skills and meet amazing people. Included in the course is a three day placement at a charity organisation like ourselves, where they get to work with disabled adults, develop their work experience, enhance their communication skills and organise events. 
 
Harborne charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands based on Victoria Road are holding their annual Summer Sizzler Monday 20th August between 1 and 8pm and we are looking for support from our local community;  
 
Would a dance group like to perform?  
Are their any talented acoustic musicians that could play in our garden?  
Could anyone help with raffle or tombola donations?  
Would you be interested in having a stall and have your own table?  
Can you do glitter tattoos or henna?  
Can you contribute by making some home made cakes for us to sell?  
 
We want this to be a successful event, in our local community and everyone is welcome in, we are an inclusive centre, we will have lots of games, a BBQ, Dudley Zoo small animals, we will have Princess Belle to meet and grab a selfie with. If you can support us comment below or email me sarah@cpmids.org.uk or call 0121 427 3182 ext 3. 
 
Getting our disabled citizens out into the community and to have great opportunities is a huge part of the work we do at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. Recently our clients who are huge football fans were taken to St George's Park, which is the FA's National Training ground where the English Football Team train and home to the England Football Squad. 
Carer David Pittaway said; 'They really had a great time, it was a fantastic opportunity and they hope to get more chances like this."  
 
They watched an Ireland vs Denmark Football Match and had front row seats. And to make their day even more magical, they also managed to get a picture with English Manager Gareth Southgate (picture right). So we thought today would be a great day to wish Gareth Southgate and the England Football Team all the best of luck from all of us here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands in their match later tonight against Tunisia. We will be routing for you to win! 
 
Another visit last week took them to the Pirelli Stadium at Burton Albion FC where they watched a Portugal play Sweden football match. There a few pictures below from the two visits. These opportunities really do make all the differences to our clients and we will continue to keep out clients accessing the community in this way. 
Pictured above: English Football Manager Gareth Southgate with Paul and David from Cerebral Palsy Midlands at St George's Park, the FA National Training Centre. 
 
Community Champion Katey Titley from Asda Barnes Hill presented Cerebral Palsy Midlands (CPM) with a cheque for £347.00 yesterday (Wednesday 13th June 2018), money the Asda Foundation has cash matched from a football fundraiser back in April this year. 
 
Sunday 15th April, CPM staff and friends challenged ASDA Barnes Hill staff & friends to a charity football match raising money for Harborne Registered Charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands. The event was held at QAC Sports Hall in Harborne and was successful in raising £347.00. 
 
We as a charity are overjoyed that The Asda Foundation have supported us again and have matched funding, this takes the total raised to £694.00. All for hosting a friendly football match! We are hugely grateful to have our local Asda supporting the community of disabled people and their families that we work with. A huge thank you from all of us at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. 
CPM's Paul, David, Heather, David and Katie from Asda 
 

Image shows our community of people at Cerebral Palsy Midlands and our Japanese guests; Shun Fujiwara from Amagasaki City, Hyogo prefecture, Masayuki Kiyota, Shun's carer and the founder of community based Non profit organisation "Moon and Wind" to provide care services. Seigo Nishimoto, Founder of Charity Shop "Free Help" in Kobe, Japan. Chihiro Harada, Ex-staff of Free Help, now working in Sri Lanka as a Japanese teacher for orphans. Ken Ricardo Marotta, my son of 12 years old and Ayako Nishiwaki, ex-social policy officer at Hyogo prefectural council on Social Welfare in Japan. 

On Wednesday 30th May Cerebral Palsy Midlands had a visitor, Shun Fujiwara, with cerebral palsy and his family, all the way from Japan. 
 
The group had looked for organisations in the UK to visit and found Cerebral Palsy Midlands through our interactive website. Shun and his family contacted our Centre Manager Gary Watson and planned their visit to the UK to include a whole day with our community at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. 
 
Our visitors wanted to meet others with disabilities, learn and understand what services we have in place here in the UK and to be inspired. They wanted to take their experiences back to Japan to help establish a better quality of life for their community of people. 
 
We were really pleased to have our guests, we gave them a tour of our facilities at CPM showcasing our Art tuition, Being Heard talented group and tai-chi instruction. We had a tradition English ‘Fish and Chips’ on the lunch time menu and Shun got to see some of the local residence where our citizens live independently nearby. 

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