Football Team Owner Helps Local Conductive Education Centre

Over the last year or two some Conductive Education centres have struggled to keep going. One such  centre  in the UK , Legacy Rainbow House,

has been named charity partner for the local football team, Preston North End which has been a big boost financially.

The Legacy Rainbow House was

… in a sorry state.
Newly-appointed chief executive Carol Cochrane explains: “Ten weeks ago this was a building site. The organisation didn’t have a chief exec, the staff were on short pay, and weren’t sure of their future.”
Thanks to the generosity of Mr Hemmings and his associates, Legacy Rainbow House has now finished off – and opened – a brand new building.

In these difficult financial times some centres must be finding it difficult to maintain the services they offer and the number of staff needed, so it is good to hear that one centre has been helped to carry for the moment.


Good luck to them and all those in similar positions.

Centre in Norfolk has now closed

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.

Another centre loses the financial battle

A small centre  near Ipswich in the UK is having to close due to lack of funds. It has been operating for nearly fifteen years and became part of the Dame Vera Lynn Trust in 2010.

I am not sure that it employed a conductor  – it is not on the Workplace map at

– I  think it offered  services based on the ‘principles of Conductive Education’.

It is sad that any service for disabled children has to close for financial reasons,  leaving parents with less choice and at a loss of what to do.

Future looks good for Rainbow Centre

Reported yesterday in their local newspaper  is the result of the appeal for funds  to keep The Rainbow Centre in Fareham operating.

The current total of donations has passed the original target of £150,000 and is still rising. Companies and other businesses are becoming regular donators  and the future looks assured, at least for the time being.

Good news from The Rainbow Centre

The managers of  The Rainbow Centre has announced that they have raised £141,000, most of the target figure required to keep the centre open. A statement on the website says:

After just six weeks since the crisis appeal launch, The Rainbow Centre, Fareham are delighted to announce that their appeal fund has reached £141,000. Having reached 93% of its target…

To celebrate a special Open Day will take place on 21 June.

For further details please see the press release at

Sign of the times?

I have been collecting news items ready for the next list and come across one about the Steps Centre in Leicestershire, UK.  They are having serious financial problems and need to raise money urgently to keep the centre going as they have only enough money to pay wages for one month.

A statement by Rosemary Conley, one of their patron’s, can be found on their website at

This is a sign of the hard financial times everyone is going through at the moment and perhaps other centres are in a similar position.

Libraries under threat

A couple of years ago I decided that I would stop buying so many books as the house was filling up with them, so now I only buy what I think I will read again or use often. On that basis my  my cookery book collection is still growing!
Because of this decision I have been using my local public library regularly for fiction and any reference books I don’t have at home. In the process I have discovered all the extra services available now such as computers, scanners and the facility to print and copy documents if required – for a very small charge. This was a godsend when my computer ‘died’ last October. Wonderful.
This weekend I heard that the Government is thinking of closing a large number of such local libraries as part of its spending revue. I was horrified as libraries take up such a small amount of local budgets and fufill a great need. Protests all over the country are on the way, I believe.
This after reading Andrew’s blog about the Hungarian Government and its plans for the Foundations, one of which runs the Peto Institute.
What will happen? What will happen to the Peto Institute Library too?
Worrying times ahead.

Where does the money go?

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.