Specialist staff and disabled youngsters from the charity-run Rainbow House rehabilitation centre enjoyed a cup of tea with a difference at a special tea party event to mark Conductive Education (CE) Awareness Week .
The team from the Mawdesley based centre held a job swap with representatives from specialist conductive education and support services Stick ‘n’ Step, based in Wallasey on the Wirral, as part of activity sharing exercise.
It was a chance for the two charities to join forces and share best practices.
The two colleagues from Stick ‘n’ Step brought along cake and a special muscle calming sage tea to mark the occasion.
Julia McDonald and Lucy Bretherton from Rainbow House treated everyone to a traditional Chorley cake.
The ‘job swap’ was organised to help the two charity run organisations increase increase understanding of conductive education, and its benefits to children and adults with neurological conditions that affect muscle control, ability and learning, due to previous trauma or illness.
Julia said: “We are looking forward to seeing how our colleagues at Stick ‘n’ Step conduct their sessions.
“Every CE centre develops their programmes to meet the needs of each individual.
“It will be fantastic to share ideas and learn new things and to meet colleagues from another centre.”
CE Awareness Week aims to increase understanding of conductive education, and its benefits to children and adults with neurological conditions that affect muscle control, ability and learning.
The aim of the job switch was for the two centres to understand how they differ when delivering CE and allowed the conductors to share best practice, learn new approaches and discuss what children and young adults respond to best.
As part of the national week’s activities the children also got involved with a dance event – with a routine to Jake Bugg’s Lightning Bolt.
Rainbow House offers rehabilitation, education and fun for children, young people and adults with neurological conditions such a cerebral palsy, brain injury, stroke, MS and genetic conditions. Like Stick ‘n’ Step, Rainbow House receives no statutory funding and relies completely on fund-raising to cover its annual running cost of £500,000.
This Saturday, April 23, staff, families and fund-raisers will come together for the annual Rainbow Ramble, one of the biggest events in the centre’s calendar.