We had a fantastic 70th Anniversary Summer Sizzler on Monday 21st August, here are some images below to showcase our amazing day. 
 
This session, taking place on Thursday 27th July 2017 starting at 10.00am at Cerebral Palsy Midlands is for all parents, care professionals and for those with disability. 
 
This 'Looking Forward' parent & carer group session is an informal discussion about legal issues relevant to those affected by cerebral palsy, including Education and Healthcare Plans for children, access to community care for adults and legal help when things go wrong. Ann Houghton (http://www.anthonycollins.com/why-choose-us/meet-our-team/ann-houghton/), a solicitor at Anthony Collins Solicitors in Birmingham, will be visiting with her colleague, Nsiem Akhtar, a social worker, to talk about a wide range of legal issues including access to health and social care services (http://www.anthonycollins.com/who-we-help/individuals/community-care-claims/) and help when someone has been injured as a result of negligence (http://www.anthonycollins.com/who-we-help/individuals/medical-or-clinical-negligence/). 
 
Please pass this on to those who may benefit from this advice and support. 
 
If you cannot attend the session but you would like aome advice us to ask questions on your behalf please email sarah@cpmids.org.uk. 
 
For many years Cerebral Palsy Midlands hads worked with National Citizen Service and The Challenge Birmingham to give young people experiences working in the charity sector and working with young adults with disability. 
This summer we are set to take in another 80 to 100 young people aged between 15 and 17 into our centre, to help them develop their skills for work, life and transition into adulthood.  
Groups come supporting different talents from drama, music, art, film, sports and media. Todays 'Enterprise' group came with a cake decorating activity that would create an opportunity to work with and communicate with our clients. We believe that these opportunities to come into our centre really do help young people develop their confidence, develop their social interaction and understanding and hopefully give them an opportunity to develop and strengthen their skills for the future. 
 
Local community group, 'The Young Adventurers' based in Hall Green in Birmingham, danced the night away in a fundraiser organised to support adults with cerebral palsy. 
 
Tom Adams, who organised the fundraiser event, is a friend of the charity and really wanted to support Cerebral Palsy Midlands and their community of clients in accessing the community. 
 
On Friday 23rd June in Hall Green, Tom and his friends danced the evening away with a big raffle in a local centre, all the money they raised was for Cerebral Palsy Midlands and today we were presented with a cheque for £1000. 
 
 
 
Today as part of our ‘Looking Forward’ parent and carer group here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands (CPM), we had the pleasure of welcoming a lovely woman called Nora Ma, founder of ‘Envolve Wellness’, to our centre and she have us a taster session in boxerciSEN. BoxerciSEN is a simple boxing class that works with both children and adults who have disabilities. 
 
Boxersice is a form of physical exercise which is based on a sequence of movements that are tailored to each person’s needs and range of movement and ability. Nora was fantastic in her teaching and her approach to the people here at CPM, she could adapt her techniques and style to each individual’s needs. 
 
 
Care support workers, Alicia Allgood and Carla Baldwin, have set up a fundraising page to help raise money for Cerebral Palsy Midlands. In December this year, they set off travelling to go visiting six countires and whe they get to New Zealand, they will challenge themselves to an almighty SkyDive challenge!  
 
Both ladies have been working in care for many years and have a lot of experience working with clients with cerebral palsy. They are passionate about the work they do and about those they continue to support. Alicia said; "I have realised working along side those with cerebral palsy, that they are some of the happiest most cheerful people we know and that deep down they are exactly like us, just less able bodied which doesn't stop them from enjoying life to the fullest!" 
 
Money raised from their charity Sky Dive will support CPM's 'Access for All' campaign which encourages our clients to get out into the community, support them on day trips, shopping trips, GP appointments and cinema visits, just to name a few. The "Access for All" campaign primary aims to combat isolation for adults with cerebral palsy and who have substantial and critical needs. For some of the clients we work with, they have opportunities to get out in to the community, this is right at the heart of what we do. 
 
Their challenge will not take place until next year in March or April 2018, however, they have set up their fundraising page to maximise their efforts and get as much support as they possibly can. You can click on the link and find out more about their challenge here
 
 
Cerebral Palsy Midlands are hosting their annual talent competition, the CPM Factor on Monday 19th June between 6 & 8pm. 
 
Our clients at our centre has been encouraged to showcase a variety of wonderful talents as well as singing. 
 
Fifteen contestants are set to perform. We have speeches, dancing, beat boxing, singing, guitar solos, poetry readings and more. 
 
So far, we have one judge, Matt Hayle, who tutors our CPM Connection rock band. We are looking for two more judges to take part in the fun. It gives the event a professional edge when we have external judges in the centre. It really does inspire our performers to give it their very very best. 
 
Each of our contestants performs a talent of their choice and then a selection of three finalists perform once more to compete for this years CPM Factor Trophy and win! 
 
Last year winner Tehseen Meghani sang a song she had written together with Quench Arts Musical Connections. 
 
This year last years winner Tehseen Meghani will be opening up the CPM Factor with a rehearsed and practice Bollywood Dance which we are excited and looking forward to see. Tehseen has entered again this year with another song she has written 'Be safe, Be happy'. Could she win again? 
Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th June 2017 
A fun filled week of sporting activities for people with or without an impairement. Actvities delivered by organisations in the city include: Cycling, Shooting, Trampolining, Basketball, Swimming, Footgolf, Wheelchair Tennis and more.... 
 
Please note that some of the sessions are FREE and open to all impairments unless otherwise stated. 
All activities must be booked in advance by contacting the session provider. 
 
Attention West Bromwich Albion Fans we are auctioning two tickets to WBA vs Southampton match this Saturday 8th April and kick off at 3pm, together with an West Bromwich Albion mug and small tote bag (ideal for lunches). The tickets have been donated by The Albion Foundation supporting out CPM vs Warwickshire Bears fundraiser that took place last week. To be in with the chance of going you need to like our Facebook post, make sure you have liked our CPM Facebook page and comment on the post to submit your bids. I will be closing the bid on Wednesday 5th April 2017at 3pm and announcing the highest bid winner. All money raised goes towards the final figure we have raised for our registered charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands. 
Newman University Psychology and Counselling student Alex Newton started his work placement with CPM in September last year. During his time here he has successfully set up our artwork online on our website, interviewing citizens about their work, taking photographs of their art and working together with our website team to set out the pages, helping empower our disabled adults and get their out there, into the public eye. So people can see just how talented our artists are. Finishing his work experience Alex has some lovely heart felt words about his time here at our centre.