Stick ‘n’ Step, a North West charity that provides support to children with cerebral palsy and their families has secured funding from The Morgan Foundation and The Williams Family Foundation to open a brand new conductive education centre in Cheshire. The second centre, which has now received planning permission, will be located in Winsford and will enable the charity to double the number of children and families it supports every year.
The Morgan Foundation has provided the funding to purchase the building and undertake much of the renovation work required, while further funding from The Williams Family Foundation will allow Stick ‘n’ Step to offer specialised toilet facilities to help children to become more independent in this important life skill.
Once opened, the new centre will allow for up to a further 70 families to receive free conductive education and support services. With 1 in every 400 children affected by cerebral palsy, Stick ‘n’ Step recognises that there is a demand from parents searching for support. This new project will bring support much closer to families affected in Cheshire and the surrounding areas.
Matt Meaney, fundraiser at Stick ‘n’ Step said:
“This is a huge milestone for the charity and its development. The project is allowing us to expand our reach to help many more children and families in the North West. The support we have received from The Morgan Foundation and The Williams Family Foundation is allowing us to reach more children and their families and we are so grateful for that. The potential for social impact is incredible and without the Foundations’ support we wouldn’t be able to do this.”
Stick ‘n’ Step began operating in New Ferry in 2002 and has remained in the Wirral, providing free conductive education services to children with cerebral palsy. The charity has grown substantially over the years and currently provides conductive education and support services to 70 children and their families.
Conductive Education is a non-medical based developmental aid which promotes independence for those with conditions like cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is the most common form of childhood disability in the UK. The muscles of children with cerebral palsy don’t always work as well as they should, meaning simple day-to-day tasks, like walking and talking, can be a big challenge. At Stick ‘n’ Step children learn for themselves how to do all of these things, whilst making friends and having fun; find out more about the charity’s amazing work at www.sticknstep.org.