Posts tagged “Health and Wellbeing”

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. 
 
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. 
 
Hello, I am Luke Brennan from Queen Alexandra College (a specialist college for disabled students). I came to Cerebral Palsy Midlands for work experience placement. 
 
As I am a sports student and a fully qualified FA Level 1 coach, I was given the task to see what new sports clients wanted to do in the centre. I put together a questionnaire for clients to fill in and spoke to people about what activities they would like to see happening at the centre. 
 
The questionnaire included sports such as boccia, skittles, an obstacle course, table cricket, kurling, target practice, table tennis and archery. 
 
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. 
 
The Cadbury Foundation have donated £3,000 to make a real difference and support a local Birmingham charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands (CPM) with their health and wellbeing development for adults with substantial or critical need. Mondelez International employee Malcolm Lilly, daughter of Victoria Lilly who attends the centre, nominated CPM for the Cadbury Foundation grant as a worthwhile charity close to his heart. 

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