Plans for a phased re-opening 
I hope you are all safe and well. Things seem to be improving with regards to Covid-19, but we must still remain vigilant and not get complacent. Please ensure you keep washing your hands and maintain social distancing. The virus is still with us so remain cautious. 
Since January 2021, cases of COVID-19 have fallen significantly across the country, reducing the risk of catching the virus for everyone, including the most vulnerable. Birmingham City Council have advised that all of our citizens can return to our community day-centre in a planned phased return. 
Currently we are offereing all of our citizens a one day placement every fortnight to make it fair for all. We have new procedures in place like temperature checks, hand sanitizing stations, social distancing and full PPE. We will be continuing our online presence for a while yet so that we can reach our wider community. And our welfare checks and outreach service will continue on until our service resumes. 
We have made many adjustments and bought in new safe practices to make Cerebral Palsy Midlands the safest place for our citizens. We have done everything we can to reduce transmission of the Coronavirus. The robust lateral flow testing for our staff, citizens and community will ensure any person who enters our building will have had to produce evidence of a negative result prior to entry. 
A copy of our Guidelines can be accessed here. Click here to access our Guidelines 
During this period of Lockdown many of us are having trouble sleeping and its no surprise with COVID-19 being a worrying time. 
A new survey commissioned by three leading bodies championing sleep, ‘Sleepstation’, ‘The Sleep Council’ and ‘The Sleep Charity’, report that 43% are now finding it harder to fall asleep, with unease around the current COVID-19 situation affecting sleep for 75%. Interestingly, it also found that women are more likely to suffer from anxiety associated with coronavirus and are twice as likely to report feeling stressed compared to men. 
Sleep can be disturbed in many ways with feelings such as feeling restless, waking up during the night, wide awake, having nightmares and finding it hard to relax and switch off. Sleep is so important for our health and well-being, it can affect memory, immune system, energy levels, mood, appetite, your mental health and even your happiness! So, we perhaps need to make some changes to our day to get sleeping better and in turn feeling better. 
Local Support 
Birmingham City council has joined forces with BVSC to create the C19 Support Brum partnership, an initiative that will work through existing local neighbourhood structures, voluntary groups, and local elected members to ensure that all parts of the city have access to support, advice, and practical help. 
If you need support, the way you need to access it depends on who you are and what you need. The information in the link below will enable you to get the quickest access to the help you need to keep safe and maintain your wellbeing. 
Hi to all our community and friends of Cerebral Palsy Midlands, it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend and service user, Thomas Slee. Thomas passed away peacefully in the early hours of Wednesday morning and was 69 years of age. 
We are informed that his passing is NOT due to the present COVID 19 pandemic. Thomas had, had previous health problems and always showed strength, determination and a fighting spirit. As you can imagine, this is an extremely difficult time with us all isolated at our homes, we will miss you Thomas and our thoughts are with you and your lovely sister and brother in-law. RIP 
Coronovirus Service Update from Cerebral Palsy Midlands 
Cerebral Palsy Midlands continue to be committed to supporting our citizens, families, carers and our local community with cerebral palsy and other disabilities in the most suitable and available ways to us. 
Our centre has been closed until Government Guidelines allow us to re-open, we continue to be guided by Public Health and our Local Authority. Furthermore, all of our Pathfinders Social Clubs, centre events and fundraising events have been cancelled until further notice. 
Still supporting our community 
We are still able to respond to messages left on our main telephone line 0121 427 3182 and via 
Our staff have been making regular telephone calls/texts/emails to all of our citizens during this period to check on their health and wellbeing 
For those citizens with access to the internet we have been running weekday social chats at 1pm daily. 
We have also been running a programme of online activities via our Cerebral Palsy Midlands Facebook Page and through Zoom Sessions. These have included live performances, wheelchair dance, seated tai chi sessions, art and cookery videos, quizzes, storytelling and more. 
Below is our YouTube video that shows what we have been doing to support our CPM community during this period of Lockdown
We wish you all well, keep safe and we sincerely hope that we will soon be able to open our doors again in the not too distant future. 
We will keep our website and Facebook Page up to date for any further changes or as to when our services will re-open. 
You can access the most current advice and guidance from Public Health England here. 
Please contact Development Officer Sarah Lilly via email for any queries, I will be picking up emails during our centre closure. 
Please pass on and forward this message to any relevant sources. 
The Bear Grylls Adventure wanted to let you know about their upcoming event!  
On Wednesday 17th June, they will be having their very first ‘Accessibility Day’.  
Inclusive activities include; Fear Zone, Archery, Shooting, Climbing, Escape Room, High Ropes, Snorkel, IFLY and Diving. 
What the Accesibility Day will be providing? 
They are providing a day solely for guests with any ability, it will be a slow paced day, giving guests the chance to come in and feel relaxed to do their activity without feeling rushed by other guests.  
Music will be off and all lights will be on, as we understand this can be very distressing to some guests.  
Activity timeslots will allow guests the extra time that may be needed for their ability so this event date is not advertised on our website. 
'Bear Grylls Adventure' have full accessibility; accessible toilets, lifts, and hoists (Please note: Guests would need to provide their own sling for Dive & Snorkel and changing facilities.) 
With the current circumstances we are all facing at present, it is with deep regret to inform you that we feel that it is in the best interest for everyone concerned, that we find it necessary to close our day centre and services as from Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice. 
Our client group are all classed in the high risk category and we feel that there is no other alternative resolution that could be made.  
We trust that you will all understand that this is an option that has not been taken lightly and that you will be sympathetic towards this arrangement. 
Furthermore all student placements for now will be cancelled and future placements suspended and all CPM events are currently cancelled until further notice. This includes: 
Trustees meetings 
All Pathfinders Social Clubs 
"Wheel'n'Walk" sponsored walk at Cannon Hill Park on Saturday 21st March is cancelled. 
Premier League Pedal with Mondelez International Community Champions cycling has been postponed. 
Sponsored Splash Swim event 
Riding for the Disabled (RDA) have informed ourselves future riding activity is suspended until further notice. 
We wish you all well, keep safe and we sincerely hope that we will soon be able to open our doors again in the not too distant future. 
We will keep our website and Facebook Page up to date for any further changes or as to when our services will re-open. 
You can access the most current advice and guidance from Public Health England here
Please contact Development Officer Sarah Lilly via email for any queries, I will be picking up emails during our centre closure. 
Please pass on and forward this message to any relevant sources. 
A personal message from our local Mondelez International (Cadbury's Bournville) Community Champion Michael Huggins re his up and coming cycling charity for four charities including Cerebral Palsy Midlands. 
Apart from my love for Aston Villa my other sporting passion is cycling. Now some of you may remember that I was the guy who cycled to Wembley for the past two play-off finals for charity, I did not last week as I have a new challenge ahead which I am pleased to announce today. 
At the end of April I will be cycling to every Premier League Football Ground for Charity. 
I will not be on my own so I will be putting football rivalries aside and joining me on this challenge will be Birmingham City fan Steve Davies and West Bromwich Albion supporter Sophia Hussain who is the Team Director & organiser. 
The charities we are fundraising for are:  
Acorns Children’s Hospice 
Sandwell Advocacy 
Cerebral Palsy Midlands 
Primrose Hospice. 

From Left to right: Steve Davies, Sophia Hussain and Michael Huggins 

Are you taking part in our Wheel'n'Walk sponsored walk at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham on Saturday 21st March 2020? If so, we have some exciting news for you. If not, there is still time to get involved, can we tempt you? 
We are looking to reward the person that raises the most for CPM this year in sponsorship for the Wheel'n'Walk event with an amazing prize! 
The prize has been donated by and is up to the value of £50. The 'experience days' gift voucher has many experiences to chose from including activities such as; spa days, afternoon teas, car racing, helicopter experiences, days out and more. 
So for your chance to get your hands on this amazing prize, get fundraising for Cerebral Palsy Midlands! 
Join in our big walk for inclusion, the "Wheel’n’Walk" sponsored walk event taking place Saturday 21st March starting at 11am. 
Register your interest on the WheelnWalk web page or email Development Officer Sarah Lily for more information and sponsor forms. 
Set up a personal online fundraising page on our Charity Checkout website 
Or set up a fundraising page on “Just Giving” and “Virgin Money Giving”. These are popular Online Giving sites that can really help support your fundraising as often people find it easier to give online. 
The money you help raise will help support our adults with cerebral palsy and ther disabilties in accessing essential services, having access to personal development, accessing the community, social opportunities and help to reduce isolation for them. Your support is invaluable to us and really does make a difference. 
For more information about this event or incentive, please contact Development Officer Sarah Lilly either by telephone 0121 427 3182 ext.3 or email 
You can now support Cerebral Palsy Midlands whilst your shopping on Amazon! Click here. 
When first visiting, customers are prompted to select a charitable organisation. Amazon will give 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT and other shipping fees) of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organisations selected by our customers. 
So make sure you select Cerebral Palsy Midlands, when you are shopping, yoursupport makes all the difference! 


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