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Plans for a phased re-opening 
I hope you are all safe and well. Things seem to be improving with regards to Covid-19, but we must still remain vigilant and not get complacent. Please ensure you keep washing your hands and maintain social distancing. The virus is still with us so remain cautious. 
Since January 2021, cases of COVID-19 have fallen significantly across the country, reducing the risk of catching the virus for everyone, including the most vulnerable. Birmingham City Council have advised that all of our citizens can return to our community day-centre in a planned phased return. 
Currently we are offereing all of our citizens a one day placement every fortnight to make it fair for all. We have new procedures in place like temperature checks, hand sanitizing stations, social distancing and full PPE. We will be continuing our online presence for a while yet so that we can reach our wider community. And our welfare checks and outreach service will continue on until our service resumes. 
We have made many adjustments and bought in new safe practices to make Cerebral Palsy Midlands the safest place for our citizens. We have done everything we can to reduce transmission of the Coronavirus. The robust lateral flow testing for our staff, citizens and community will ensure any person who enters our building will have had to produce evidence of a negative result prior to entry. 
A copy of our Guidelines can be accessed here. Click here to access our Guidelines 
During this period of Lockdown many of us are having trouble sleeping and its no surprise with COVID-19 being a worrying time. 
A new survey commissioned by three leading bodies championing sleep, ‘Sleepstation’, ‘The Sleep Council’ and ‘The Sleep Charity’, report that 43% are now finding it harder to fall asleep, with unease around the current COVID-19 situation affecting sleep for 75%. Interestingly, it also found that women are more likely to suffer from anxiety associated with coronavirus and are twice as likely to report feeling stressed compared to men. 
Sleep can be disturbed in many ways with feelings such as feeling restless, waking up during the night, wide awake, having nightmares and finding it hard to relax and switch off. Sleep is so important for our health and well-being, it can affect memory, immune system, energy levels, mood, appetite, your mental health and even your happiness! So, we perhaps need to make some changes to our day to get sleeping better and in turn feeling better. 
Coronovirus Service Update from Cerebral Palsy Midlands 
Cerebral Palsy Midlands continue to be committed to supporting our citizens, families, carers and our local community with cerebral palsy and other disabilities in the most suitable and available ways to us. 
Our centre has been closed until Government Guidelines allow us to re-open, we continue to be guided by Public Health and our Local Authority. Furthermore, all of our Pathfinders Social Clubs, centre events and fundraising events have been cancelled until further notice. 
Still supporting our community 
We are still able to respond to messages left on our main telephone line 0121 427 3182 and via 
Our staff have been making regular telephone calls/texts/emails to all of our citizens during this period to check on their health and wellbeing 
For those citizens with access to the internet we have been running weekday social chats at 1pm daily. 
We have also been running a programme of online activities via our Cerebral Palsy Midlands Facebook Page and through Zoom Sessions. These have included live performances, wheelchair dance, seated tai chi sessions, art and cookery videos, quizzes, storytelling and more. 
Below is our YouTube video that shows what we have been doing to support our CPM community during this period of Lockdown
We wish you all well, keep safe and we sincerely hope that we will soon be able to open our doors again in the not too distant future. 
We will keep our website and Facebook Page up to date for any further changes or as to when our services will re-open. 
You can access the most current advice and guidance from Public Health England here. 
Please contact Development Officer Sarah Lilly via email for any queries, I will be picking up emails during our centre closure. 
Please pass on and forward this message to any relevant sources. 
With the current circumstances we are all facing at present, it is with deep regret to inform you that we feel that it is in the best interest for everyone concerned, that we find it necessary to close our day centre and services as from Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice. 
Our client group are all classed in the high risk category and we feel that there is no other alternative resolution that could be made.  
We trust that you will all understand that this is an option that has not been taken lightly and that you will be sympathetic towards this arrangement. 
Furthermore all student placements for now will be cancelled and future placements suspended and all CPM events are currently cancelled until further notice. This includes: 
Trustees meetings 
All Pathfinders Social Clubs 
"Wheel'n'Walk" sponsored walk at Cannon Hill Park on Saturday 21st March is cancelled. 
Premier League Pedal with Mondelez International Community Champions cycling has been postponed. 
Sponsored Splash Swim event 
Riding for the Disabled (RDA) have informed ourselves future riding activity is suspended until further notice. 
We wish you all well, keep safe and we sincerely hope that we will soon be able to open our doors again in the not too distant future. 
We will keep our website and Facebook Page up to date for any further changes or as to when our services will re-open. 
You can access the most current advice and guidance from Public Health England here
Please contact Development Officer Sarah Lilly via email for any queries, I will be picking up emails during our centre closure. 
Please pass on and forward this message to any relevant sources. 
Are you taking part in our Wheel'n'Walk sponsored walk at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham on Saturday 21st March 2020? If so, we have some exciting news for you. If not, there is still time to get involved, can we tempt you? 
We are looking to reward the person that raises the most for CPM this year in sponsorship for the Wheel'n'Walk event with an amazing prize! 
The prize has been donated by and is up to the value of £50. The 'experience days' gift voucher has many experiences to chose from including activities such as; spa days, afternoon teas, car racing, helicopter experiences, days out and more. 
So for your chance to get your hands on this amazing prize, get fundraising for Cerebral Palsy Midlands! 
Join in our big walk for inclusion, the "Wheel’n’Walk" sponsored walk event taking place Saturday 21st March starting at 11am. 
Register your interest on the WheelnWalk web page or email Development Officer Sarah Lily for more information and sponsor forms. 
Set up a personal online fundraising page on our Charity Checkout website 
Or set up a fundraising page on “Just Giving” and “Virgin Money Giving”. These are popular Online Giving sites that can really help support your fundraising as often people find it easier to give online. 
The money you help raise will help support our adults with cerebral palsy and ther disabilties in accessing essential services, having access to personal development, accessing the community, social opportunities and help to reduce isolation for them. Your support is invaluable to us and really does make a difference. 
For more information about this event or incentive, please contact Development Officer Sarah Lilly either by telephone 0121 427 3182 ext.3 or email 
The CPM Connection is a group based here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands who create their own rock music to empower a diverse group of adults with disabilities to become talented musicians. 
Come along to The Wheel’n’Walk sponsored inclusive walk taking place at Cannon Hill park in Birmingham on the 21st March 2020 and support Birmingham registered charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands. 
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. 
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! 

Show your support Click here to donate on their Charity Checkout donation page 

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." 


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