Charity Whizz Kids are working in partnership with Youth Sport Trust, the national charity ensuring that every child can enjoy sport and Comic Relief to deliver a new project which will be a launch pad for young disabled people’s leadership in sport. 
 
The project, called Activate Academy, will launch in early September and we think that you might know a young person who could benefit. The project will train up young wheelchair users to become assistant sports coaches, and then provide them with a supported volunteering placement in a local sports club. After 30 hours of volunteering, the young coaches can apply to Whizz-Kidz for a bursary to fund a coaching qualification of their choice. They are looking for referrals of young people who fit the following criteria: 
 
• Aged 14-25 
• Full or part time wheelchair users 
• Highly motivated 
• Ability or potential to independently travel to and from events (funding can be provided) 
• Good communication skills 
• Interest in sports and leadership 
• Living in and around Birmingham 
 
Whizz-Kidz have ten spaces for our September intake and we will be announcing the application process soon. The young people who are successful will receive the following: 
 
• Bespoke coaching training delivered by Youth Sports Trust 
• Complementary training covering safeguarding, wheelchair skills and youth work by Whizz-Kidz 
• Peer Mentoring training 
• A supported volunteer placement in a sports club that matches their interest 
• Access to sports wheelchairs where needed 
• A bursary of up to £300 to fund a level 1 or 2 coaching qualification in the sport of their choice 
• Support to complete the Youth Sports Award 
 
The programme kicks off with a launch day on the 29th October, and we would aim to meet all prospective participants in advance of that date, so it would be great to receive all expressions of interest before the end of September 
 
If you have anyone in mind that might benefit from this programme, please get in touch with N.moody@whizz-kidz.org.uk for more info on how to make a referral. 
 
Nicola Moody | Service Delivery Manager – North 
Whizz-Kidz 
 
Friends of Cerebral Palsy Midlands, it is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of a very special person to us, Jeff Young. Jeff had been a citizen and member of our services for around twenty four years and has made many friends here.  
 
Jeff was a known most for his work in the art room and his paintings. It is thought he had between 500 and 700 paintings and was always thinking of his next creative piece. Painting inspired him and got him out into the local community. Every piece of work was a snapshot he had from a memory, a community, fields, country parks, pubs, Birmingham Canals, Stables, Tin Mines and more. 
 
Currently three framed paintings are being exhibited in 'Silver and Love' on Harborne High Street ahead of an up and coming annual community event, 'Harborne Artsmile', taking place on Saturday 21st September 2019. The jewellers were keen to exhibit work from local artists and it seemed like the right time to showcase Jeff's paintings in his memory. 
 
He was a lovely man and CPM became his second family. His love of arts also made him an enthusiastic member of 'The Being Heard Music Group' family. 
 
Jeff Young's funeral will take place on Friday 13th September 2019 at 12.15pm at Lodge Hill Cemetery and Crematorium, Weoley Park Road, Birmingham, B29 5AA. 
Below: Jeff with the Being Heard Music Group getting ready for a performance of 'The Railway Children'. 
Jeff Young left a legacy of artwork and memories with his friends here at CPM, he will be greatly missed. 
 
Our friends and amazing Mondelez International (Cadbury's Bournville) Community Champions Michael Huggins and Steve Davies have undertaken another amazing and challenging cycling race! 
 
Yesterday, Sunday 4th August, the cycling pair of super heroes completed the "Prudential Ride London" , which undertakes a difficult course around Greater London covering 100 miles! Thousands of cyclists had taken to the streets and Michael and Steven were amongst them, cycling for their chosen charities, including; Cerebral Palsy Midlands, Sandwell Advocacy, Primrose Hospice, Acorns Children's Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Research. 
 
The route sets off from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before entering Surrey at Hampton Court. 
 
Riders then headed west so far as Ripley and East Clandon before returning to the capital via the rolling Surrey Hills for the finish on The Mall. Michael said he was proudly waving his Villa Flag at The Mall towards the end. Its another amazing achievement they have completed that we, at Cerebral Plasy Midland,s are extremely proud of. We don't know how they have the energy! 

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Cerebral Palsy Midlands hosted a Wild West Murder Mystery evening yesterday on Monday 15th July as part of the Pathfinders once a month social club for adult citizens with disabilities, their families, friends and carers. 
The centre had been decorated with a Wild West theme and all of the citizens and staff got dressed up in Western fancy dress and got into characters as Cowboys, Indians, Outlaws etc. 
 
Harborne Community Police came and supported the evening and arrested one of our suspects for fun, our Centre Manager Gary Watson - who was known as Gunsmoke Gary. 
 
Clues were given out during the course of the evening and in the end the new Barmaid Melons Ally was caught running away with the gold! We all had a huge amount of fun. 

The Video above shows a quick glimpse at the fun we had at our Wild West Night 

Cycling to help five great charitable causes, our friend and Mondelez Community Champion Michael Huggins will be cycling from Villa Park this Sunday 26th May finishing at Wemley stadium on Monday 27th May. 
Whether your an Aston Villa Football Club fan or not, you've got to admit this cycle is definetely challenging and he definately deserves some support?! Well we at Cerebral Palsy Midlands definately think so. 
 
Michael is cycling to raise awareness support and fundraise for his five top nominated charities this year; 
Acorns Children’s Hospice 
Sandwell Advocacy 
Primrose Hospice 
Macmillan Cancer Research 
 
Michael had made the commitment before their last played match that if Aston Villa FC won West Bromwich Albion he was going to set off for an ambitious cycle to Wembley Stadium for the Aston Villa play off final. AND they did win 1-0 securing their place in the finals and leaving Michael with a huge challenge ahead! 
 
The journey has been split in to two parts to ensure his arrival for the start of the match, Sunday, Michael will cycle to Milton Keynes (70 miles), stay over for the night and then cycle to Wembley Stadium (50 miles) on Bank Holiday Monday. 
 
To follow his progress Michael said; 
"The best way to follow my progress will be on Twitter @michaelah1874 but I must warn you in advance that on Sunday you will most likely see photos of me stopping in coffee shops along the route tucking into a carrot cake than me banging out the miles😂 
 
On Monday if I have not put on too much weight I will be pushing the speed a bit more as I hope to arrive on Wembley Way between 11am and 12pm." 
 
CPM are a currently exhibiting artwork at Newman University this week to showcase some of the work from our talented artsists. 
 
We have a group of talented painters who are always creating new artworks. Whatever a client’s ability we here at CPM, can provide the necessary support without compromising the artist and their talent or creativity 
 
The artworks on display here at Newman University this week, are a small selection of work from our talented group of artists. Please go and visit and have a look, they are in The Atrium Building where the main reception is just passed their Starbucks Coffee Area. 
 
Lots of their work can be found on our Cereberal Palsy Midlands Facebook page . 
 
 
 
 
irmingham City Council is consulting on its proposed Day Opportunities Strategy and draft Day Service Model. You are invited to come along and have your say. Here is all the information and dates below. Day Opportunities benefit older people, people with learning disabilities , autism, physical disability , and people with mental ill health across the city. 
 
To find out more about the proposed Day Opportunities Strategy including the draft Service Model you are invited to attend one of the public meetings, you will need to book your place through our website. https://lnkd.in/eX66F4z  
On Friday 26th April, Harborne Charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands took a group of adults from Cerebral Palsy Midlands to Sutton Accessible Community Games at BMET College in Sutton Coldfield. 
We had four in our group with cerebral palsy. As well as having cerebral palsy, we had one citizen with sight loss, one with autism and one other citizen with mild learning difficulties. One of our team was also a wheelchair user. Despite their disabilities, all our team found that they had incredible abilities! They could play basketball, football, climb and aim for a target. We all had a brilliant day and got really stuck in to all the games that were available. 
 
We experienced Wheelchair Football with the ‘Villa Rockets FC’, Wheelchair Basketball, Gymnastics, archery, the climbing wall, Cycling with ‘Park Ride’, Rugby, Table Tennis and more. 
 
Our CPM sports team left with having achieved a medal each with a new hat and felt really proud. It really was exhilarating, we were so pleased with how disabled friendly the games were and how friendly, helpful and supportive everyone was on the day. Here are some comments; 
 
James; “I liked riding the bikes and I liked having a go on the climbing wall. I told my mom all about it when I got home and showed her my medal.” 
Karl; “I liked it, I had a fantastic day, I enjoyed going out for the day and going on the bikes.” 
Amy; “I had a really good day out; I like the archery and Rugby and would definitely go again.” 
Care Assistant. “It was really good and really well thought out, all the people at the activities were so helpful and would adapt the sport in any way to ensure everyone could take part. We must go again.” 
 
 
A huge congratulations to our citizens Cerebral Palsy Midlands who have worked hard over the last year to complete their course and achieve their Maths Skills Certificate and City & Guild qualifications Entry Level Award in Employability skills level 3 - Planning for life & work with Care First Limited.  
 
Awards were presented on Friday 15th March from Heidi Benton Head of Learning & Development and leaders from BMet College. 
 
We are very thankful to the hardwork and dedication that the tutors put in from CareFirst Limited to enable and empower our people to gain their independance and qualifications. 
 
Hello Everyone! 
 
Accessible Enterprises is an organisation founded by Lisa Lewis who, after consistently seeing accessibility problems for family members when on holidays, has a vision of opening a fully accessible holiday park in the UK. 
 
180 Degrees Consulting Bath are trying to make Lisa’s dream possible, initially by carrying out feasibility analysis. An important aspect of this process is gathering the opinions of the public who are affected by this. Therefore, we would massively appreciate it if you could complete our survey: 
 
 
Many Thanks, 
180DC Bath 

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