A news alert recently led me to a piece which had been published in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus in 2008.
A small charity from Yorkshire has been supporting a hospital in Ukraine.
The hospital is one of the projects supported by Bradford charity Take Hope Yorkshire. Run by Andrew McVeigh and Beverley Clegg of Denholme, it raises funds for organisations in Vinogradiv in the Transcarpat-hia region and sends out lorry-loads of aid including clothing, shoes, bedding and medical equipment.
Andrew launched Take Hope in 1995.
The newspaper reports on visits to the hospital and also a day centre for children. It states that the staff have been trained at the Peto Institute, but its not very clear if these are conductors or not, with the mention of mothers and doctors.
Staff are trained at the world-famous Peto Institute in Hungary. We watched one medic in action, vigorously massaging a child to stimulate muscles. In another room, a mother was leading her little girl across a wooden ladder contraption on the floor. The child put all her effort into staying upright. Next, she laid across an exercise ball and a doctor pulled her legs, stretching her muscles.
Does anybody know more about this? Have conductors been there? Still there?
It seems a long time since anyone set up a new CE charity in the UK but one has recently been formed by a mother, Judith Robert, in the north of England.
Families and Conductive Education (FaCE) aims to help parents obtain the ‘treatment’ they need for their children. Judith’s daughter Ava, currently has sessions with Tunde Rosmics, founder of Conductive Life Services near Darlington.
For more information go to
I have just been checking on CE Centre newsletters and found an exciting event for one centre flagged up.
Every year in November a big fundraising event takes place in the UK for Children in Need, the BBC’s UK corporate charity which aims to ‘make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK’. This is broadcast on BBC television on a Friday night and took place this year last Friday, 18 November. Various ‘celebrities’ take part by doing ‘silly things’ and viewers are asked to pledge money for the cause.
In the latest issue of the newsletter of Steps Conductive Education Centre ( in Leicestershire), it is stated that this year a film of the work of the centre was chosen to be included. What a marvellous opportunity for Steps – and Conductive Education in the UK.
In the past Children in Need donated funds to the Foundation for Conductive Education’s children’s services at the National Institute of Conductive Education, and there may be othe centres who have received help in this way. Perhaps the film was shown as example of how the money raised last year was spent – I don’t know as I did not see the programme.
I do hope, however, that all went well and film did get broadcast and was seen by many, especially parents looking for help for their children.
I have seen an item in the Third Sector magazine reporting the launch of a new website. This website will provide details of charities’ expenditure, breaking down how much goes on administration and how much on the actual work. As many CE centres in the UK operate as charities this presents an opportunity to let potential donors know exactly where their money will go.
Charities will be able to set up a microsite to enable donations to be made direct to them, but the host site will charge an administration fee for this. See the above link for further details.
Today I read a news item reporting the merging of three charities based in London – Radar, Disability Alliance and the National Centre for Independent Living. Theay are considering a merge under the new title Disability Rights Partnership.
Liz Sayce, chief executive of the Royal Association for Disability Rights, also known as Radar, said the charities had 35 staff and there were no plans to make any of the posts redundant.
She said the proposal to merge the charities was based on increasing the campaigning power of the charities and was nothing to do with financial difficulties.
Perhaps this will be a way forward in these troubled times for some of the CE centres registered as charities in the UK?
Today has seen the launch of a new charity in Conductive Education. The aim of this charity is as follows.
Conduction creates a think tank for the world of Conductive Education. It begins its public-service role by bringing together online resource bases for those who use or seek to understand Conductive Education, those who work in it or help provide it, and anybody ‘outside’ who just wants to know
more information can be found on its website at http://www.e-conduction.org/
I intend to move the Virtual Library catalogue to this website and am receiving help to do this from Ben Foulger, who is building a database for me. This will have a search facility using author, title, keyword, date of publication etc, and include all known bibliographic details, just like a ‘proper’ online library catalogue. The blog I set up was only intended to be temporary until I could find a way of recording and giving access the information properly, and the opportunity to make this improvement has come quicker than I had hoped.
Naturally it will take a little while to complete the technical specifications and then a little longer for me to transfer all the items from the blog to the new catalogue. When it reaches the stage where it can be accessed productively I will announce its transfer on this blog.