Cerebral Palsy Midlands are really excited to be part of this year's Harborne Artsmile event taking place in the local community on Saturday 30th September between 12 and 4pm. 
 
The event is free and will have something for everyone of all ages and abilities to take part in. There will be all sorts of interactive art activities across the Harborne High Street. 
 
Some our VeraNic artists from CPM will be at The Slug 'n' Lettuce painting and talking about their inspiration. 
 
Also in Booboo Cafe (opposite Harborne Pool & Fitness Centre) we will be exhibiting a collection of artwork from our artists. 
 
The VeraNic Art Project is a sohisticated group of artists here at CPM. The group was set up to encourage our client’s creativity and imagination through the creation of various art pieces. These range from paintings, sketches, 3D sculptures and many more. The group is led by our amazing art tutor Mark Jenkins, a freelance artist, who encourages all of our clients to express themselves, through art, in whichever way they wish. 
 
For more information about our artists and to see some of examples of their work please visit www.cpmids.org.uk/inspire. 
 
Mondelez Community Champions Michael Huggins and Steve Davies are happy to report that they have now completed The Ride Across Britain, that is to say, they have cycled 1000 miles all the way from Lands End Cornwall up to John O'Groats in Scotland over 9 days. 
 
Michael said "We are both very thankful for all the support you have given us. It's been an amazing experience one we will never forget." 
 
The pair set out to raise £1,000 for each of their seven magnificent charities, with Cerebral Palsy Midlands being one of them. They have so far raised an amazing £1,115.29 for our charity alone and we are so thankful for their support. 
 
Their fundraising doesn't end here as their giving pages will remain open until December 2017 and you can still donate here. Steve is also running in the Birmingham marathon so every support we can give him is very much needed. 
 
Exciting news our very own CPM Connection Band and 'Beats by Sean' will be performing live at The Edge, in Digbeth. They will also be joined by 'The Day Ends,' a band set up by vocal and band tutor Matt Hayle. The event takes place Sunday 15th October from 6.00 - 9.00pm. 
 
Matthew (also known by his stage name Miles Perhower) is a prominent figure within the alternative rock and arts community in Birmingham, and is now an enthusiastic member of the Cerebral Palsy Midlands team. Through this inspirational and often highly creative work, he and his technical assistant, Ben Linstead, are constantly looking for new ways to adapt these music sessions to meet the various and sometimes complex needs of service users. Find out more about their rehearsals and performances on our CPM Connection page. 
Up to date information, videos and music can be found directly on their twitter feeds @BeatsbySean_mph, @cpm_connection and @thedayendsband. 
 
We had a fantastic 70th Anniversary Summer Sizzler on Monday 21st August, here are some images below to showcase our amazing day. 
 
This session, taking place on Thursday 27th July 2017 starting at 10.00am at Cerebral Palsy Midlands is for all parents, care professionals and for those with disability. 
 
This 'Looking Forward' parent & carer group session is an informal discussion about legal issues relevant to those affected by cerebral palsy, including Education and Healthcare Plans for children, access to community care for adults and legal help when things go wrong. Ann Houghton (http://www.anthonycollins.com/why-choose-us/meet-our-team/ann-houghton/), a solicitor at Anthony Collins Solicitors in Birmingham, will be visiting with her colleague, Nsiem Akhtar, a social worker, to talk about a wide range of legal issues including access to health and social care services (http://www.anthonycollins.com/who-we-help/individuals/community-care-claims/) and help when someone has been injured as a result of negligence (http://www.anthonycollins.com/who-we-help/individuals/medical-or-clinical-negligence/). 
 
Please pass this on to those who may benefit from this advice and support. 
 
If you cannot attend the session but you would like aome advice us to ask questions on your behalf please email sarah@cpmids.org.uk. 
 
For many years Cerebral Palsy Midlands hads worked with National Citizen Service and The Challenge Birmingham to give young people experiences working in the charity sector and working with young adults with disability. 
This summer we are set to take in another 80 to 100 young people aged between 15 and 17 into our centre, to help them develop their skills for work, life and transition into adulthood.  
Groups come supporting different talents from drama, music, art, film, sports and media. Todays 'Enterprise' group came with a cake decorating activity that would create an opportunity to work with and communicate with our clients. We believe that these opportunities to come into our centre really do help young people develop their confidence, develop their social interaction and understanding and hopefully give them an opportunity to develop and strengthen their skills for the future. 
 
Local community group, 'The Young Adventurers' based in Hall Green in Birmingham, danced the night away in a fundraiser organised to support adults with cerebral palsy. 
 
Tom Adams, who organised the fundraiser event, is a friend of the charity and really wanted to support Cerebral Palsy Midlands and their community of clients in accessing the community. 
 
On Friday 23rd June in Hall Green, Tom and his friends danced the evening away with a big raffle in a local centre, all the money they raised was for Cerebral Palsy Midlands and today we were presented with a cheque for £1000. 
 
 
 
Today as part of our ‘Looking Forward’ parent and carer group here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands (CPM), we had the pleasure of welcoming a lovely woman called Nora Ma, founder of ‘Envolve Wellness’, to our centre and she have us a taster session in boxerciSEN. BoxerciSEN is a simple boxing class that works with both children and adults who have disabilities. 
 
Boxersice is a form of physical exercise which is based on a sequence of movements that are tailored to each person’s needs and range of movement and ability. Nora was fantastic in her teaching and her approach to the people here at CPM, she could adapt her techniques and style to each individual’s needs. 
 
 
Care support workers, Alicia Allgood and Carla Baldwin, have set up a fundraising page to help raise money for Cerebral Palsy Midlands. In December this year, they set off travelling to go visiting six countires and whe they get to New Zealand, they will challenge themselves to an almighty SkyDive challenge!  
 
Both ladies have been working in care for many years and have a lot of experience working with clients with cerebral palsy. They are passionate about the work they do and about those they continue to support. Alicia said; "I have realised working along side those with cerebral palsy, that they are some of the happiest most cheerful people we know and that deep down they are exactly like us, just less able bodied which doesn't stop them from enjoying life to the fullest!" 
 
Money raised from their charity Sky Dive will support CPM's 'Access for All' campaign which encourages our clients to get out into the community, support them on day trips, shopping trips, GP appointments and cinema visits, just to name a few. The "Access for All" campaign primary aims to combat isolation for adults with cerebral palsy and who have substantial and critical needs. For some of the clients we work with, they have opportunities to get out in to the community, this is right at the heart of what we do. 
 
Their challenge will not take place until next year in March or April 2018, however, they have set up their fundraising page to maximise their efforts and get as much support as they possibly can. You can click on the link and find out more about their challenge here
 
 
Cerebral Palsy Midlands are hosting their annual talent competition, the CPM Factor on Monday 19th June between 6 & 8pm. 
 
Our clients at our centre has been encouraged to showcase a variety of wonderful talents as well as singing. 
 
Fifteen contestants are set to perform. We have speeches, dancing, beat boxing, singing, guitar solos, poetry readings and more. 
 
So far, we have one judge, Matt Hayle, who tutors our CPM Connection rock band. We are looking for two more judges to take part in the fun. It gives the event a professional edge when we have external judges in the centre. It really does inspire our performers to give it their very very best. 
 
Each of our contestants performs a talent of their choice and then a selection of three finalists perform once more to compete for this years CPM Factor Trophy and win! 
 
Last year winner Tehseen Meghani sang a song she had written together with Quench Arts Musical Connections. 
 
This year last years winner Tehseen Meghani will be opening up the CPM Factor with a rehearsed and practice Bollywood Dance which we are excited and looking forward to see. Tehseen has entered again this year with another song she has written 'Be safe, Be happy'. Could she win again?