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. 
 
Colin has cerebral palsy and attends our centre daily, he has been working hard on creating some Christmas Artwork. 
 
CPM's Colin has put up his Christmas Painting of Santa for auction to help raise money for Cerebral Palsy Midlands. 
 
Anyone can bid and there are many ways you can enter your bid, either by our Facebook page, emailing info@cpmids.org.uk or commenting below. The bidding will end at our Christmas Fayre Monday 11th December at 6pm and we will announce the winning bid. 
 
The highest bid currently stands at £50 to Linda Garner. 
 
To bid, comment below, happy bidding and good luck. 
Cake Bake Sale raises money and awareness for charity supporting adults with disabilities! 
Hive students from Wilson Stuart School undertaking work placements at registered charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands cooked up a great fundraiser raising £37.74. 
 
Students Megan Cairns and Seraj Kyani started their work placement in September and were given a task to organiser a fundraiser and support the Development Office function for the charity. Their idea was to organise a cake bake sale at The Hive and encourage as many of their friends to either bake for them or come and enjoy eating the baked cakes at their event. Working hard on designing posters and advertising the event around the College, the event was a remarkable success raising a total of £37.74. 
 
Development Officer for Cerebral Palsy Midlands Sarah Lilly said ‘That this was a great first fundraiser event and has given both Megan and Seraj the full learning experience for creating and marketing events. I believe they could build on this kind of event and develop it further in the future. The most successful cakes that sold were those that were handmade, so next time they need to source more friends who can help bake to support their event.” 

Thank you Megan & Seraj 

 
Can you CPM with its fundraising by donating a box of chocolates or biscuits, a bottle of wine or a soft cuddly toy? Do you have unwanted gift sets? 
 
CPM are asking for help with their Christmas Fayre fundraiser and asking for donations to support their raffle and tombola. We welcome any level of support. 
 
All the money raised will help give our clients a Christmas Dinner. Some of our disabled aduts at our centre live in isolation and some are alone on Christmas Day so our aim is to give everyone a fabulous Christmas Meal. Once more as staff, we are aiming to offer a waitress service ensuring our citizens have everything they need and all the right care in place. Click on the link below to find out more about our new Christmas Dinners Campaign on JustGiving. 
Poster designed by QAC Work Experience student Sarah Gibbs 
 
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Cerebral Palsy Midlands (CPM) are really pleased to have our artwork exhibited in the local Harborne community at Booboo Café. 
 
The work was exhibited as part of this year’s Harborne Artsmile that took place Saturday 30th September. There were all sorts of interactive art activities across the Harborne High Street from Harborne Swimming Baths to Computeraccount at the other end of the High Street. 
 
Booboo Cafe have enjoyed having a collection of our artwork up on their walls and have continued to keep the exhibit a little longer. This helps us raise awareness for our charity and showcase the talent we have here at our centre. 
Starting Thursday 2nd November between 10am and 12am and to then run sessions every week from there on Cerebral Palsy Midlands brings you Wheelchair Dance sessions. 
Helen Mason has set up Birmingham's first official wheelchair dance class. Helen is a level 2 wheelchair dance instructor with the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association. This class is open to mainly wheelchair users but also friends and carers too and anyone else who would like to give it a go.  
 
The dance sequences develop co-ordination, strength, stamina and flexibility. The aim is for everyone to have an opportunity to learn and enjoy dance. 
 
Don’t be shy – Come give it a try 
For all mobility levels. The class can be accesses for manual and power assisted wheelchairs 
Includes a variety of dance styles, waltz, street and samba and more. 
Pathfinders social club runs onec a month at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. Its main aim is to create social opportunities and combat isolation for adults with disabilities. Monday 23rd October had a Halloween theme and we had a spooktacular DJ with lots of great music that we could dance the night away too. Here are some of our photographs from the evening. 
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