Ember Inn's pub, The Bulls Head in Hall Green have continued to support the charitable work at Cerebral Palsy Midlands (CPM) in Harborne. As their nominated registered charity, customers have been contributing their change to keep a regular flow of donations supporting CPM. 
This afternoon at Cerebral Palsy Midlands we had a visit from a lovely lady called Anika she was from Deafblind UK an organisation that supports people with sight and hearing impairments. This is a great organisation that gives its members support advice and access to resources to help them to enjoy and live life as independently as they can. During the presentation, I learned that many members of Deafblind UK are also affected by a range of other disabilities, this is similar to many of the people here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. 
FREE workshop available for parents, caregivers and care professionals Thursday 9th February with Sainsbury's Inclusive Community Training Programme at Midland Mencap, Kennedy House B29 5TE between 6 & 9pm. This is a creative and informative workshop designed to improve the skills & confidence of those who can support disabled people to be more active. 
Today the new 'Looking Forward' support network group organised by Sociability Care and Cerebral Palsy Midlands met at the CPM centre in Harborne for an informal chat over tea and cake about how future meet ups and the group would be shaped moving forward. The group felt it was key to have a focus at the next meeting around self-care, health and well being for carers. We agreed that we need to be strong and health both physically and mentally to be caregivers and help others in our roles. The next meeting will take place on Thursday 9th February at 10.00am and we will look for someone to perhaps come in and show us a method we can use to look after ourselves, whether that is through meditation, breathing, tai-chi or exercise. 
Today was my second day volunteering at Cerebral Palsy Midlands (CPM) and it’s been another great day. The centre was very busy with lots of familiar faces who were here to enjoy the fun activities on offer today. This morning I was able to sit in on and observe a music session held for the service users, it was another very interesting experience and an opportunity to get to know everyone here at CPM a little better. The music group often sing and play music and are working on a musical production.  
 
Today was my first day volunteering at Cerebral Palsy Midlands and it has been a really positive experience. I have really enjoyed getting to know the amazing service users and staff and finding out about some of the great activities that take place here. Today I also had the opportunity to observe and take part in a Tai-Chi session with some of the service users, which was fantastic. I really enjoyed the session and got to see service users with varying degrees of physical ability engaging with and really enjoying the activity. 
Yesterday Cerebral Palsy Midlands had the pleasure of being visited by Councillor Carl Rice Lord Mayor of Birmingham. 
 
“It was brilliant that the Lord Mayor, Councillor Carl Rice came to visit us here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. I was absolutely delighted that he took the time out to come and see us. I was very happy to see him and to show him some of the things that we do here. The Lord Mayor was amazed by the range of activities that we have going on here and by some of the work we have done. He especially enjoyed seeing some of the amazing artwork we have created, seeing our lovely garden and music room. He spent a considerable amount of time here getting to know all of us on his visit and he enjoyed the friendly, family atmosphere here at Cerebral Palsy. It was a great day and i and everyone else here are really looking forward to seeing him again.” 
 
By Anthony Lunney - Client at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. 
Cerebral Palsy Midlands (CPM) is a day centre for adults with a range of disabilities. I have been going to the centre on a work placement scheme every Tuesday since September 2016. I have been engaging with the service users and members of staff from the centre completing tasks that have been set out for me. 
 
My work experience has been assisting Development Officer Sarah Lilly in the Marketing Office and has been really good for me as I’m learning new skills on the computer and have been building my confidence when meeting new people learning to communicate at the appropriate level. 
Cerebral Palsy Midlands and Wilson Stuart School work closely together on creating opportunities for development for young adults with disabilities. We have regular students attend our centre on their college work placements. Creating partnerships with schools such as Wilson Stuart means that we can work together and mutually fund and support projects that will be a huge benefit to the adults we work with. 
 
For more information Wilson Stuart and their work experience opportunities please contact Julie Pallister Placement Co-ordinator at The Hive, Wilson Stuart School. 
Tel: 0121 373 4475 Ext 243 or Mobile 07715 212633.