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. 
My name is Conor Handel I am almost 20 years old and I am completing a work placement with QAC at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. 
Last week I interviewed six service users about access in the community. 
 
Mondelez International Community Champions Michael Huggins and Steve Davies, have set up a series of fundraising challenges this year to help raise money for our charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands. 
 
Their challenges include organising a wheelchair basketball charity match taking place this Sunday 26th March at Warwick Sports Centre (CPM vs Warwickshire Bears wheelchair basketball team), cycling at Cadbury World, a hula-hoop challenge and Riding Across Britain! 
 
Further support this year has included The Cadbury Foundation supporting CPM with a £3,000 grant towards supporting Health and Well-being within the centre to help our disabled adults in our community and develop our services. Read more. 
 
Here is an update on the CPM vs Warwickshire Bears Wheelchair Basketball charity match taking place at Warwick Sport Centre on Sunday 26th March between 1 and 3pm. Firstly we want to thank all of those who have put themselves forward to play and to all those who are supporting our players and helping us fundraise for Cerebral Palsy Midlands. For a full list of the CPM Team click here. 
WANTED! Registered charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands need a minimum of twelve people (male or female) to take part in a Wheelchair Basket Ball fundraiser charity match on Sunday 26th March 2017 between 1 and 3pm. This event has been organised by Mondelez Interntaional Community Champion Michael Huggins who knows our charity well through friends at relatives who are based at Cadbury's Bournville. This is a great way for us to raise awareness about all the great work we do at Cerebral Palsy Midlands and to raise money towards supporting our services.