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 
Being Heard research 'Danny, the Champion of the World' a 1975 book written by Roald Dahl. 
Our 'Being Heard' Musical Choir group here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands consists of thirteen members. It's the largest group activity in our centre. 
 
They are currently working on 'Danny, Champion of the World' as part of research for this years musical production in September 2019. Once they have read the book they will start to write and direct songs they can sing along to. Many of their productions have around eight songs along with narration, that the group have created, together with Musical Director and tutor Richard Ganner. 
 
Care First Limited, an independent specialist training provider have been teaching our adults at Cerebral Palsy Midlands for three years. 
 
Their teams of staff are dedicated to helping all its learners to achieve their ambitions and potential, at a pace they are comfortable with, in a friendly, supportive and fun environment. 
 
The group are working towards accredited 'City and Guild' qualifications covering topics in Cooking, English, Community Development, Independent skills and more. 
 
Care First Ltd sessions take place twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays in our Media Room, two full days of interactive teaching. 
 
 
Young people raise £630.65 to support adults living with Cerebral Palsy. 
Harborne registered charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands and community day care centre for adults with cerebral palsy offer a summer work experience programme together with ‘National Citizen Service (NCS) The Challenge Network’ to give young people, aged 15 to 17, experiences working in a charity but also to understand more about disability awareness and the challenges our citizens face. 
 
This year’s programme was a huge success and we had 5 groups, each group with 12 young adults brightening our centre with activities, energy and support. We had sports day activities, bread making, arts and crafts, tai chi, wheelchair dance, singing, cake decorating and much more. The main aim is to give the young people real opportunities and to prepare them for work, life and to enhance their personal experience. This year NCS superstars altogether raised £630.65 because of their positive experiences at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. 
Snippets from the ‘Life Story’ Chris wrote. 
I was born on 14th June 1949 at Mary Stevens Maternity Home, Oldswinford in Stourbridge. My mom Florrie Turner and my dad was Robert Turner, both named me Christopher Robert Turner and we lived in Halesowen. 
 
When I was 5 years old we moved to Cradley Heath and in 1954 I joined Carlson House School. 
 
In 1967, aged 18 I left Carlson House School and stopped at home for one year, then 22nd March 1968 I joined the MSA Centre. I was 19 then and I made two very special friends, Roger Smith and John Hill. 
In November 1988 Chris’s dad Robert Turner died of a heart attack, this left Chris and his mom in need of help and they were then granted ‘home help’ assistance twice a week. 
 
In September 1989 MSA (Midland Spastic Association, as it was called many years ago before Cerebral Palsy Midlands) organised a holiday to Pontins Holiday Camp in Brean Sands, Chris went with friends Gary Ironmonger, Irvine Clive Brown and Roger Smith. “Some of us went out dancing in the ballroom and at other times we went to Somerset Nightclub to see some acts i.e. magic. On the last night (Friday) the MSA staff gave us a nice night out. They book us a dinner outside of the camp at Somerset’s leading night spot (The Farmers Tavern). The weather was good for the weeks holiday”. 
 
In November 1989 Chris’s mom was taken ill and went in to hospital to stay. Chris at the time was staying at a MSA managers house until he could find accommodation. He was referred to Social Services and they tried placing Chris at a place at Langley Court in Oldbury but Chris didn’t like it, he said that there were bad people there. 
 
There was a period where Chris didn’t have a residence as was staying at people’s houses and trying places that social workers had referred him too in between seeing his mom in hospital. But then on the 18th November, Chris received the sad news his mom had passed away. 
 
Chris’s cousin Tony helped Chris move to a place in Selly Oak called Prospect Hall to see how he could live on his own independently for a year. This was successful for Chris, he proved he was able to live independently and a year later with some more help from social services Chris was offered a tenancy at 17 Alasdair House, Harborne (Next door to MSA) in 1990 with Century Housing Association. Chris had the flat painted and was given some grant funding to get his flat furnished and he officially moved in 27th August 1990. This was the start of a great beginning for Chris with a permanent home and a place to make new friends. It was arranged for Chris to have care as well to help him buy food and clean his flat and at one point in time Chris had Meals on Wheels bring his meals daily. 

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