Last weekend at CadburyWorld, Bournville, the popular family venue was set up and decorated all things Halloween as part of a clever fundraising strategy from Mondelez International Community Champions Steve Davies and Michael Huggins. Their Halloween Fundraiser saw them raise a fantastic £2963 for their chosen charities and Cerebral Palsy Midlands is lucky enough to be a charity partner. 
 
This kind of activity is a great way for our community champions to raise awareness about all the great work we do at Cerebral Palsy Midlands and to raise money towards supporting our services. We are, as always, incredibly grateful for the effort and work that our two champions put in to continue supporting our charity, they always go the extra mile or go the full hog in fancy dress! They really are an incredible pair of supporters! 
 
The Art of Happiness in Cities Exhibition has been produced by international photographer Alexander Kharlamov, he was taking pictures at this years 'Wheel'n'Wal'k sponsored walk event so a few of you may recognize yourself in the photographs. 
The exhibition features large and beautifully framed photographs (approx. 120x100 cm), using Film Photography and a rare form of Silver Gelatin Fine Printing, creating for unique and outstanding prints of many different communities from all parts of Birmingham to showcase diversity, inclusivity and multi-cultural vibrancy of city. 
 
All pieces exhibited are available for purchase. Purchased art from the Exhibition (with 100% of proceeds going to one of our charity partners "Birmingham PHAB Camps"). 
 
 

Wheel'n'Walk sponsored walk 2019 Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham 

My name is Sophie Abel and I am 23 years old. Like most children I went to school then to college to do my BTec’s. University felt like a natural next step after my positive experiences in the academic sector so far. My tutors at college and my family were very supportive in my want to go to university. As my family have all had academic backgrounds, I never questioned that I would go to university as well. I thought my Cerebral Palsy would affect what course I would do and where and worried my Cerebral Palsy would mean university would be to difficult for me. Despite this I was eager to go and at least try. After some long and important decisions, I decided to study Media Culture and Production and Southampton Solent University. 
Despite the planning and preparation that went into studying this course at this university, events played out and the overall experience was not a pleasant one. I can now reflect on the experience and reassure others that it was not due to my Cerebral Palsy that I had this negative experience, rather that the tutors and people that surrounded me. I had to take a step back and decide on my next move, knowing the aspect of my disability and its restrictions were not culpable for my bad experiences at university. 
 
Fast forward a year and I decided try university again, this time studying Creative writing and Journalism at De Montfort University. I learnt from my experience at Southampton Solent University and picked a university closer to home with regular trains operating between Leicester and Birmingham. Although it wasn’t the journey itself that was the issue, living so far away from home left me feeling more vulnerable. While I don’t think you should be limited in where you go, on a practical level it can be beneficial to stay nearer home in some situations. 
 
The accommodation was fully kitted out for a disabled person, with the hoist going from my bedroom to the ensuite bathroom, along with 2 alarm systems that I can use in case of an emergency. Using my negative experience at Southampton Solent University, I threw myself into life at DMU with energy and vigour. I felt I had to be mindful of certain decisions; going around campus I had to be sure of access and lifts because of my Cerebral Palsy. I also had to keep in regular contact with the tutors so they knew where I was on a unit and any further support, they could give me. By being pro-active with communicating with your tutors I felt my Cerebral Palsy didn’t have to affect me academic performance as I was given forewarning and advice along the way. 

Sophie Abel blogging for  #WorldCPDay  Sunday 6th October 2019 A global campaign raising awareness for cerebral palsy 

 
Friends of Cerebral Palsy Midlands, it is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of our longest serving friend and citizen, Peter Dunn. 
 
Peter was born in Mary Stevens Maternity in Stourbridge in 1943 and attended Cradley Secondary Modern School in Halesowen in his younger years. 
 
Peter joined MSA, now Cerebral Palsy Midlands, in his late teens and he had been a member for over fifty years. In the earlier years at CPM, there are recorded experiences of him playing cricket, football, gardening, making and weaving baskets, cleaning, horse riding and being a general helper for the staff at the centre. He was a very independent man; it was only in the last few years as he become a bit more unstable on his feet that he found himself in a wheelchair. 
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 . 
 
 
 
 

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