Rainbow House

First Conductive Education Professional Education Group conference?

Tomorrow there is a conference being held  for CE professionals in the North of England. I had heard rumours about this but been unable to find out any details on the Internet as CEPEG, the organisation running this conference does not appear to have a website as far as I can tell. The information I have now was posted only yesterday on the blog page of Legacy Rainbow House, the centre  hosting the conference.


This states that it is the ‘first ever CEPEG Conference’ which is strange as I do know CEPEG have been holding conferences annually for a number of years  in various locations, but this is the first in Cheshire.
No papers, presentations, programmes have ever been made public so I can’t say what sort of topics are discussed or what kind of practice is reported on. As those involved in  CE are thinly distributed worldwide and do not get to meet very often – the World Congress only happens every four years – it is a shame that information shared at meetings such as these is not made available to those who cannot attend. Even organisations holding conferences for members/professionals only  usually publish proceedings or make information generally available.

Perhaps this will happen this time. I will keep an eye out. If anyone knows of a public source for such information, please do let me know.

Award for Conductive Education

Another award for someone in Conductive Education was announced today. Six years ago the Guardian public service awards were created and are run in conjunction with Hays Specialist Recruitment. The awards are for all organisations involved in public services including those in the public, private or voluntary sector. For further information see:


The Award for 2009 has been given to Joe Mawdsley, founder of the Rainbow House Centre in Cheshire. The article states:

In April 2001, four months after her five and three year old sons’ were diagnosed with the rare genetic life-threatening disorder (CDG), Mawdsley created Rainbow House, a self-help group delivering conductive educational and holistic therapies to six children including her own boys. Mawdsley funded the centre for two years using her disability allowance. In 2003, Rainbow House became a charity tending 112 youngsters weekly, in Chorley, its East Lancashire and Cumbria branches.
Officially opened by Princess Royal in 2007, the emotional, physical and behavioural rehabilitation centre now treats 187 children aged from 7 months to 21 years old. And there is a two year waiting list. It employs 32 staff plus an on-site physiotherapist and provides tailor-made treatments from 7.30 am until 6.30pm for 50 weeks a year. Last year, in Mawdsley’s drive to raise £1m annual maintenance, this indefatigable mother-of-three addressed 85 charitable groups nationwide and organised countless communal events.
Despite living with a ticking time-bomb, Mawdsley remains positive stating: “My boys shouldn’t sit up, talk, feed, toilet themselves or walk – albeit with crutches – but they do . They were fine at birth. But at 13 months, Tom, now 11, was discharged from hospital to die. At 4 months, Will, now 13, stopped supporting his head. Looking into his eyes, it seemed his light had been switched off -nothing there. I’ve been desperate and suicidal. Occupational and physiotherapies proved ineffective, so I arrived with 21 months old Will, floppy like jelly in my arms, at Merseyside Association for Conductive Education. Three months later he crawled, sat and uttered his first word- ‘No!'”


A wonderful result, Joe, and great publicity for Conductive Education.