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Being Heard research 'Danny, the Champion of the World' a 1975 book written by Roald Dahl. 
Our 'Being Heard' Musical Choir group here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands consists of thirteen members. It's the largest group activity in our centre. 
 
They are currently working on 'Danny, Champion of the World' as part of research for this years musical production in September 2019. Once they have read the book they will start to write and direct songs they can sing along to. Many of their productions have around eight songs along with narration, that the group have created, together with Musical Director and tutor Richard Ganner. 
 
Care First Limited, an independent specialist training provider have been teaching our adults at Cerebral Palsy Midlands for three years. 
 
Their teams of staff are dedicated to helping all its learners to achieve their ambitions and potential, at a pace they are comfortable with, in a friendly, supportive and fun environment. 
 
The group are working towards accredited 'City and Guild' qualifications covering topics in Cooking, English, Community Development, Independent skills and more. 
 
Care First Ltd sessions take place twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays in our Media Room, two full days of interactive teaching. 
 
 
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 

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. 
 

Image shows our community of people at Cerebral Palsy Midlands and our Japanese guests; Shun Fujiwara from Amagasaki City, Hyogo prefecture, Masayuki Kiyota, Shun's carer and the founder of community based Non profit organisation "Moon and Wind" to provide care services. Seigo Nishimoto, Founder of Charity Shop "Free Help" in Kobe, Japan. Chihiro Harada, Ex-staff of Free Help, now working in Sri Lanka as a Japanese teacher for orphans. Ken Ricardo Marotta, my son of 12 years old and Ayako Nishiwaki, ex-social policy officer at Hyogo prefectural council on Social Welfare in Japan. 

On Wednesday 30th May Cerebral Palsy Midlands had a visitor, Shun Fujiwara, with cerebral palsy and his family, all the way from Japan. 
 
The group had looked for organisations in the UK to visit and found Cerebral Palsy Midlands through our interactive website. Shun and his family contacted our Centre Manager Gary Watson and planned their visit to the UK to include a whole day with our community at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. 
 
Our visitors wanted to meet others with disabilities, learn and understand what services we have in place here in the UK and to be inspired. They wanted to take their experiences back to Japan to help establish a better quality of life for their community of people. 
 
We were really pleased to have our guests, we gave them a tour of our facilities at CPM showcasing our Art tuition, Being Heard talented group and tai-chi instruction. We had a tradition English ‘Fish and Chips’ on the lunch time menu and Shun got to see some of the local residence where our citizens live independently nearby. 
 
Our Mondelez Community Champion Michael Huggins this Saturday will be cycling around 118 miles from Villa Park, the official Aston Villa Football Club stadium all the way to the Wembley Stadium. Cycling with a ticket to then watch the Championship Play-Off with Aston Villa vs Fulham Match. 
 
This is a huge commitment to helping raise wareness and get support for Cerebral Palsy Midlands. To help him stay motivated over the miles and miles of cycling, you can: 

Cerebral Palsy Midlands https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/cerebralpalsy-midlands/mondelez2018 OR Text to: 70070 Type code: CPMS18  Your donation: £1 to 10 

Michael said: 
The distance from Villa Park to Wembley is around 118 miles, I will be leaving Villa Park around 4am so I can gain good time on the empty roads and also give myself some time if I have any issues with the bike. The winning team will make it back into the Premier League, so of course I want Villa to win! But supporting the charities that I truly care about is my main motivation and will keep my cycling on Saturday! 
 
Follow Michael on his journey and get all of the updates: https://twitter.com/michaelah1874 
Here is an image of our MIchael Huggins just after his interview on Radio WM Friday 25th May, the day before cycling from Villa to Wembley! 

When the skys open up we’ll be there When this talk of relegation we’ll be there But when you put it all together No matter what the weather You know we’ll be there we’ll be there Some day your going to do it And we’ll all be there to see When you become the champions will be there A poem from Michael's Childhood. One for Aston Villa! 

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