It was reported today in the Chester Chronicle that Stick ‘n’ Step, a centre in Wallasey, will now open its second centre.
Sick ‘n’Step has acquired funding to purchase and renovate a building in Winsford:
The Morgan Foundation has provided the funding to purchase the building and undertake much of the renovation work required, while the further funding from The Williams Family Foundation will allow Stick ‘n’ Step to offer specialised toilet facilities to help children to become more independent.
Once opened, the new centre will allow up to a further 70 families to receive free conductive education and support services.
This is great news for the area and CE in the UK, especially as services will be free. No date is given for the opening but hopefully it will not be too long coming.
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.
The Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy has announced that it will change its name, its logo, and launch a new website, on 21 September to become the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.
This has been decided to clarify the charity’s status. The charity was established in 2001 when Scope announced it would be unable to carry on funding the School for Parents at Ingfield Manor and since then has been raising money to enable parents to access Conductive Education for their children.
The chair of trustees explains that in fact the charity does not fund the school from a Trust fund as people seem to think
“For too many years there has been a misconception that Dame Vera has set aside a trust fund to finance the School for Parents service for children under five with cerebral palsy. In truth the charity has struggled financially and often turns away applications from other not-for-profit organisations for funding.”
Let’s hope the new branding and fundraising helps the charity to raise enough funds to keep supporting parents wishing to obtain Conductive Education for their children in West Sussex.
Conductive Education centres are popping up all the time and quite a few seem to pop down again fairly quickly, not having the necessary ingredients to keep going, so its good to hear when one has real staying power. The Rainbow Centre, Fareham, UK has just celebrated its 25th anniversary.
This is certainly good news especially as this time last year it was very near closure due to lack of funds, but managed to raise the required amount in time and turn things around.
Good luck to those involved for the future – keep up the good work!
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.
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 http://e-conduction.org/where-conductors-work/
– 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.
Yesterday I received an alert for a news item about the Rainbow Centre in Fareham, Hampshire, UK. Last year funding for this centre was urgently required to keep it operating and £150,000 was successfully raised.
The latest newspaper report states:
The Rainbow Centre stood on the brink of closure within weeks unless it could find £150,000 after funding reached desperate levels.
But now it is celebrating its 25th anniversary year after the public answered its call for help.
The future is now looking much brighter but as experienced by other centres worldwide, there is a need to keep the fundraising going all the time.
The charity now has a reserve fund of £105,000 – enough to cover the charity for two months.
It needs £12,500 a week to cover costs and at its lowest point the charity was bringing £7,500 – now it has an average weekly income of £17,500.
Since the launch of the appeal 38 per cent of what the charity needs in income is guaranteed to come in.
Good luck to them, and all the other centres too.
A little while ago the Rainbow Centre made an appeal for £150,000 as it was desperately needed to keep open for the next few months.
Various local businesses and individuals came up trumps and £175,000 has been raised and to thank everybody concerned an event celebrating this was held.
No mention is made in the article about the long term future of the centre so perhaps some of the donors have pledged funds for the future on a regular basis.
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.
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