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. 
Our VeraNic Artists here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands currently are exhibiting their artwork in our media room and each individual piece is open to bidding. If you are interested in bidding, you can comment below, email Development Officer Sarah at sarah@cpmids.org.uk or telephone 0121 427 3182 ext 3. At the end of September (30th September 2018) the artwork will be awarded to the highest bidder, we can arrange payment and have the artwork dispatched out to you. The money will go directly back to each artist directly as it is their hard work, inspiration and effort. 
 
All images have been framed and are available for you to place a bid on, please browse below. 
 
Note you are also welcome to come and visit Cerebral Palsy Midlands to see the artwork available in our media room. 
 

Anthony Lunney, 'Man's Best Friend', 2018 Winning bid: Barry £35.00 

Mary Hill, 'Yellow Dress', 2018 Winning Bid: Allyson Lilly £20.00 

 
World Cerebral Palsy Day takes place Saturday October 6th, so we at Cerebral Palsy Midlands will be wearing green on the Friday 5th October to show our support for the National Day. 
 
We encourage you to get involved and support the day. If nothing else where something Green. Cerebral Palsy needs to be talked about and highlighted. This is our opportunity to raise awareness about a very significant disability that needs more focus and attention. 
 
SO WEAR GREEN 
 
The CPM Connection have only gone and launched their second album "Double Seconds". The album celebrates the talent that our artists have and encapsulates their pure expression. We are very proud of their achievements and look forward to their next showcase and Gig. 
 
The album is performed by' The CPM Connection' and also features 'Beats by Sean'.  
Tracks include:  
1. Chill Rock  
2. Tuesday Pop  
3. The Aliens Are Coming  
4. Land of Nod  
5. Fantastic Four  
6. Rest of the World  
7. Two Lads  
8. Simon's Dream  
9. The System  
10. Wake Up  
11. Roller Rain Hands  
12. Lazer  
13. May Banger  
14. Rise Up  
15. All Mouth  
16. Cyborg  
17. Outsiders  
18. Superman  
19. Every Night I Hear The Waves  
20. Double Seconds  
Recorded and produced by Matthew Philip Hale, with great help from Ben Linstead. 2018. 

Click below to hear 'Double Seconds'  on Spotify 

Click below to hear the album on You Tube 

 
We had a lovely visitor at our Summer Sizzler on Monday 20th August here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands, thank you Lola. 
 
Lola is a 6 ½ year old Shih Tzu Pet’s as Therapy dog, Pet’s as Therapy enhances health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. 
 
With her owners Karl & Michele, Lola visits venues in the community such as Cerebral Palsy Midlands and Age Concern both based in Harborne. Lola is very friendly and loves visiting the centres to make lots of new friends and she always enjoys all of the fuss she gets when there. 
 
For any further information about this article please contact Development Officer Sarah Lilly by email sarah@cpmids.org.uk or telephone 0121 427 3182. 
 
Yesterday, Wednesday 22nd August some of our citizens from Cerebral Palsy Midlands had the great opportunity of meeting Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Councillor Paulette Hamilton.  
 
This meeting was to acknowledge all of the work that has been done together with Birmingham City Council, local Councillors, our citizens, other disabled members of the community, our community day-care centre Cerebral Palsy Midlands and many other organisations in the local area. Together, we all have been working on a 'Co-production', that being, a partnership to improve the support services for adults who live in our community. It's a big project, lots of great work has been acheived and there is of course more to be done.  
 
Yesterday, Councillor Hamilton acknowledged the time and effort that our people had given to the project, as of course, this will help the developments and improvements that take place in our city. 
Cerebral Palsy Midlands (CPM) support National Citizen Service (NCS) The Challenge Network in Birmingham who offer short courses to young adults aged 17 years-old. NCS offer a 3-4 week experience that helps build a young person and their confidence to better prepare them for life. They get to live away from home, develop skills and meet amazing people. Included in the course is a three day placement at a charity organisation like ourselves, where they get to work with disabled adults, develop their work experience, enhance their communication skills and organise events. 
 
Harborne charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands based on Victoria Road are holding their annual Summer Sizzler Monday 20th August between 1 and 8pm and we are looking for support from our local community;  
 
Would a dance group like to perform?  
Are their any talented acoustic musicians that could play in our garden?  
Could anyone help with raffle or tombola donations?  
Would you be interested in having a stall and have your own table?  
Can you do glitter tattoos or henna?  
Can you contribute by making some home made cakes for us to sell?  
 
We want this to be a successful event, in our local community and everyone is welcome in, we are an inclusive centre, we will have lots of games, a BBQ, Dudley Zoo small animals, we will have Princess Belle to meet and grab a selfie with. If you can support us comment below or email me sarah@cpmids.org.uk or call 0121 427 3182 ext 3. 
 
Getting our disabled citizens out into the community and to have great opportunities is a huge part of the work we do at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. Recently our clients who are huge football fans were taken to St George's Park, which is the FA's National Training ground where the English Football Team train and home to the England Football Squad. 
Carer David Pittaway said; 'They really had a great time, it was a fantastic opportunity and they hope to get more chances like this."  
 
They watched an Ireland vs Denmark Football Match and had front row seats. And to make their day even more magical, they also managed to get a picture with English Manager Gareth Southgate (picture right). So we thought today would be a great day to wish Gareth Southgate and the England Football Team all the best of luck from all of us here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands in their match later tonight against Tunisia. We will be routing for you to win! 
 
Another visit last week took them to the Pirelli Stadium at Burton Albion FC where they watched a Portugal play Sweden football match. There a few pictures below from the two visits. These opportunities really do make all the differences to our clients and we will continue to keep out clients accessing the community in this way. 
Pictured above: English Football Manager Gareth Southgate with Paul and David from Cerebral Palsy Midlands at St George's Park, the FA National Training Centre. 

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