Our Mondelez Community Champion Michael Huggins this Saturday will be cycling around 118 miles from Villa Park, the official Aston Villa Football Club stadium all the way to the Wembley Stadium. Cycling with a ticket to then watch the Championship Play-Off with Aston Villa vs Fulham Match. 
 
This is a huge commitment to helping raise wareness and get support for Cerebral Palsy Midlands. To help him stay motivated over the miles and miles of cycling, you can: 

Cerebral Palsy Midlands https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/cerebralpalsy-midlands/mondelez2018 OR Text to: 70070 Type code: CPMS18  Your donation: £1 to 10 

Michael said: 
The distance from Villa Park to Wembley is around 118 miles, I will be leaving Villa Park around 4am so I can gain good time on the empty roads and also give myself some time if I have any issues with the bike. The winning team will make it back into the Premier League, so of course I want Villa to win! But supporting the charities that I truly care about is my main motivation and will keep my cycling on Saturday! 
 
Follow Michael on his journey and get all of the updates: https://twitter.com/michaelah1874 
Here is an image of our MIchael Huggins just after his interview on Radio WM Friday 25th May, the day before cycling from Villa to Wembley! 

When the skys open up we’ll be there When this talk of relegation we’ll be there But when you put it all together No matter what the weather You know we’ll be there we’ll be there Some day your going to do it And we’ll all be there to see When you become the champions will be there A poem from Michael's Childhood. One for Aston Villa! 

 
We really enjoyed having Fran and Rajan from Birmingham City Council at CPM talking about the struggles of people with disabilities in rural India. We found out about poeple's strategies to get involved in community life and claim their statutory rights. 
 
The opportunity is still here at CPM for a little while longer for our community to view. Anyone is welcome to come in and see this work and find out more. 
 
For more information about Action Village India email info@actionvillageindia.org.uk or visit their website www.actionvillageindia.org.uk 
John Reed - The "Storytellah fellah" came to CPM! 
On Friday 20th April we had an exciting visitor come to see us at Cerebral Palsy Midlands and he was called John Reed, also known as the "storyteller fella" who came to tell us all about The Beatles Story. 
 
John Reed is an experienced story teller and mixes together music with stories to produce an interesting, funny and entertaining time for his audience. It's a very good way of reducing loneliness and social isolation as well as improving general well being. 
 
We learned about the history of 'The Beatles' Music mainly between the years of 1962 and 1966 which was when the group were at their fame. We listened to many tracks and remembered good memories, songs we listened to included; 'Love me Do', 'From me to you', 'She loves you', 'I wanna hold your hand', 'Hard Days Night' 'Help', 'Yellow Submarine', and 'Eleanor Rigby' and more. With over 800 million tracks sold and more number ones than any other musical act, it was interesting hearing of how they come to fame. 

John Reed- Great Story Teller & Entertainer 

 
Hello, I am Luke Brennan from Queen Alexandra College (a specialist college for disabled students). I came to Cerebral Palsy Midlands for work experience placement. 
 
As I am a sports student and a fully qualified FA Level 1 coach, I was given the task to see what new sports clients wanted to do in the centre. I put together a questionnaire for clients to fill in and spoke to people about what activities they would like to see happening at the centre. 
 
The questionnaire included sports such as boccia, skittles, an obstacle course, table cricket, kurling, target practice, table tennis and archery. 
Mary Hill sells her transcript painting 'Picasso's Harlequins'. 
Harborne charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands were delighted to present one of their greatest 'VeraNic' artists Mary Hill with £149, which was the money sold for one of her paintings that was exhibited in local BooBoo cafe. 
 
The art that sold was Mary's transcript paintings of 'Picasso's Harlequins', she put in many hours and time into creating her own masterpiece and was so proud to have the recognition and the painting sold. It really was a big deal for Mary and this has definately inspired her to continue creating more fantastic artwork.  
 
The exhibit was put up in BooBoo Cafe in October last year as part of Harborne Artsmile and has been able to stay up since. 

Mary Hill is overjoyed to have sold her painting at BooBoo Cafe in Harborne. 

 
Birmingham Phab Camps run four holidays aimed at creating inclusion for disadvantaged young people, with and without diabilities. They need your help this year to make one of their week long holidays possible. 
 
Birmingham PHAB Camps are looking for volunteers of any age to help out on one of our fantastic holidays for young Adults week beginning Monday 2nd April. 
 
Please volunteer and come and have the best week of your life! 
 
For more information about volunteering you can get in touch with the team and email volunteer@bhamphabcamps.org.uk. 
 
Birmingham Phab Camps have joined forces with Cerebral Palsy Midlands and Sociability Care this year to raise funds and to raise awareness for disability. We are all walking, running and wheeling together in our Wheel 'n' Walk sponsored walk, which takes place Sunday 13th May at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham, starting at 11am. The theme is 'colour splash' so please come as bright and colourful as possible and all the family are welcome to join in. For more information about our fantastic Wheel 'n' Walk sponsored walk and how you can be a part of our incredible day please click here. 
 
Meet John, the Story Teller Fellah ! 
Join us at Cerebral Palsy Midlands on Friday 23rd February morning between 10.00 and 12.00. 
 
Join us for a relaxing time with this months 'Looking Forward' Group as John will talk us through the story of Elvis. 
 
As an experienced story teller, John mixes music with stories, to produce an interesting, funny and entertaining time for the audience. 
 
The delivery of this concept is a very good way of reducing loneliness and social isolation. 
 
This results in a reduction in stress levels, and an increase in general well being. 
 
All welcome - Community event for anyone interested. 
 
Cerebral Palsy Midlands (CPM) were pleased to welcome Joe O'Neill to our centre this week and are more overjoyed to see and hear that he has had the greatest time when we received this message; 
 
"Just to let you know I will be coming in tomorrow if that’s okay with you thanks again for a brilliant week at CPM I’ve really enjoyed myself it made me realise how bored I was just being at home all week thanks again". 
 
Here at CPM we are aware, that many of our adult disabled citizens were at home, bored, suffering with depression and experiencing social isolation prior to coming to our centre, similar to Joe. Here at CPM, we are more than just a day-centre, we have a wide range of activities taking place every day available for anyone and everyone to take part in such as; 
Vocal coaching and music tuition with our Being Heard Music Group 
Art tuition with our Inspire and VeraNic art group 
Wheelchair Dance classes 
Rock band coaching and rehearsals with The CPM Connection Band 
NVQ skills tution with Care First Ltd 
LIFE SKILLS coaching including planting, cooking and more. 
Accessing the community with trips out 
 
This does not include other service we provide including; bespoke and tailored care, having a monthly social Pathfinders social club, daily fresh home cooked hot meals, organised holidays, our URconnectABLE social work support and LOOKING FORWARD parent & carer support group.  
We feel we offer an incredible wholesome experience for the people here that develops them personally allowing them to achieve more. 
We are glad Joe feels like part of the CPM family and is excited to be with us, we are glad we have been able to make that difference to the quality of his life. 
 
 
Cerebral Palsy Midlands have recently been successful in their application for a £4,000 grant to support the garden development at our community centre in Harborne. The grant will really help with our funding as we plan to re slab and extend the ramp access to the garden, making the garden more accessible to the disabled people, their carers and families that access our centre daily. 
 
Plans to make the garden more appealing with a great water feature and outdoor lighting will also make the environment a lot nicer for our citizens. 
 
And this is all thanks to our Local One Stop shops and their Carriers for Causes grant. Development Officer Sarah Lilly said "It's great to think that the cost of carrier bags is going to great community causes. This will make an enormous difference to our people and will hopefully get more people enjoying the outdoor space this year. We expect to have work completed by the summer in time for everyone to enjoy the warmer weather in our new accessible garden space." 
 
Carriers for Causes grants are available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop. Grants, of up to £2000 will be available to support projects that 'benefit local communities - helping to improve lives and local places'. For more information about these grants please visit https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Pages/Category/Carriers-for-Causes-uk. 
 
For further information about Cerebral Palsy Midlands and our developing projects please contact Sarah Lilly either by email sarah@cpmids.org.uk or telephone 0121 427 3182. 
Today Heidi Benton, Head of Learning & Development for Care First Ltd awarded our CPM students with their City & Guild qualifications accredited by Birmingham Metropolitan College. Our students were awarded Entry Level Certificate in Skills for Working Life (Entry Level 2), Completing a Work Skills Preparation Course and English Skills Course. 
 
Students have worked hard over the past year to achieve these new skills and accreditation's and it is a credit to them and the Care First tutors that devote their time and energy to working with out clients every week. 
 
Some of the course material has included; Identifying hazards, safety in the community, healthy living, recognizing & planting plants, recycling, waste management and how to undertake a safe journey. 
 
Here at CPM we are very proud of our students and their achievements with all the hard work and time they have put in. Congratulations to them all and a big thank you to all of the staff at Care First Ltd. 
 
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