Dame Vera Lynn’s charity has supported Conductive Education in Sussex for many years, initially with the School for Parents at Ingfield Manor. Last year this support was removed in anticipation of expanding services in new premises, and the charity, Scope, is now supporting Ingfield Manor.
The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity has now moved into the new separate accommodation and plans to run a variety of services for the under- 5s with cerebral palsy- including Conductive Education – from there.
Dame Vera’s charity moves as 100th birthday nears
More information and contact details can be found on the website at
Also announced is a special concert at the London Palladium to celebrate Dame Vera’s 100th birthday and her amazing career, whilst raising funds for her charity.
Technology marches forward at a tremendous rate improving our access to each other, making it possible to communicate quickly and easily. Today a Google alert informed me that, Heel and Toe, a centre in the UK has just launched a webchat box on its website.
This has been in development since March and :
The main aim is to allow visitors to their website to interact with a live human being. In addition, the webchat increases the profile of the charity and makes them money as well – but it does so with a difference.
This will enable Heel and Toe charity to interact with visitors to its website and result in potential successful outcomes for the charity. Those wishing to know more will be able to ask via the webchat box. The cost of this venture is nil for the charity as a local business is sponsoring it for them. A definite win win situation!
As far as I can tell this is the first CE centre to set up such a service.
Further information can be found at the centre’s website
I heard today about a new service started by an English conductor in Essex. Stephanie Driver has set up in Brentwood offering Conductive Education sessions for children. She also teaches yoga and meditation, offers yoga for children who have disabilities, and chair yoga for adults who have movement difficulties / disabilities.
She can be found on the Where Conductors Work map at
If you wish to know more, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck, Stephanie!
Today I found a link to a newspaper article in the Chorley Guardian.
This newspaper is local to The Legacy Rainbow House centre in Cheshire UK http://www.thelegacy-rainbowhouse.com/
and published this article for Conductive Education Awareness Week earlier this month.
Articles like this do not appear very often these days as it is not as easy as it used to be to get Conductive Education into the news, so its a big feather in Legacy Rainbow House’s cap and I hope the article will be uploaded on to the centre’s website so it is easier to read.
I have been checking for any reports in newspapers for Conductive Education Awareness Day in North America in February and also Awareness Week in the UK. I am sorry to say that this is the only item I found for either event and I know that lots of activities were planned in both cases.
There may be others that I have missed, so please let me know if you know of any.
The centre that I mentioned a few posts ago
which was under threat of closure, closed at lunchtime on 12 February as reported by ITV news yesterday.
Parents and staff have set up a Fundraising campaign at
So far they have raised £9,870. £90,000 a year is needed to keep the centre going.
I have just received the latest issue of the TAC Bulletin, and found a useful link to a free course.
The new English legislation , re special educational needs and disabilities, came into effect on 12 September 2014 and those of you not familiar with the changes may like to make use of the free course by Online Training Ltd.
Just go to www.includingme.net and follow the link to the SEND code of practice course.
The Bulletin may be found at http://www.teamaroundthechild.com/bulletin/
There will be a National Awareness Day in North America on February 19th. This will be the sixth year for the event – now a regular date on the calendar.
See the following links for more details
I have also discovered that the UK is having a similar event but it will last a week and runs from 7-14 March. Events are in the planning stage as stated on CEPEG’s Facebook page.
I can no other mentions of it on the Internet so far.
It will be interesting to see what events are reported in the media in both cases.
It is now a week since the report on cerebral palsy was published
I have been checking to see if news items about the report have been published since then. As far as I can establish there have only been two, in the local newspapers of Portsmouth and Leicester.
The Portsmouth Evening News states
This would include nationally-agreed protocols around earlier diagnosis and intervention, improved awareness and training for health and education professionals, improved signposting and support for families and greater funding for research into cerebral palsy to improve outcomes. Now the government will work to put these recommendations in place.
A very interesting statement.
The other, from the MP for Loughborough in Leicestershire, Nicky Morgan, also Secretary of State for Education, is a note in her column for the Leicester Mercury. She refers to her attendance at the reception for the Report and a Leicestershire CE centre, Steps and its work.
I have not received information about any others I may have missed, so I am assuming that that is probably it now.
Today there was a government debate on the education of children with cerebral palsy in Westmister Hall from 9.30am to 10.37am.
This was chaired by Mr Philip Hobone, and the discussion opened by the MP for Fareham, Mr Mark Hoban, who describes cerebral palsy and refers to his own support for the Rainbow Centre in his constituency. Other speakers included the MP for Selly Oak, Birmingham, and the Under Secretary for Education, Mr Edward Timpson.
For further information, see the recorded contributions of these three politicians at
After all the stories about the urgent need for funds, The Rainbow Centre in Hampshire is in the news again, and this time for a good reason. A few days ago, The News ( the local newspaper) published a piece about the help received and the progress made by a little boy in Portsmouth.
He has come on in leaps and bounds and the future looks brighter for him, and the centre. Great to see!