Cerebral Palsy Plus
Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund
Cerebral Palsy Plus, Bristol
Cerebral Palsy is largely a physical disability with varying degree of complexity, characterised by speech and language difficulties and mobility issues. Some people with Cerebral Palsy (CP) also have an additional impairment, which makes life even more challenging. Cerebral Palsy Plus is an independent, registered charity based in Bristol, which provides support for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and their families and carers. Our purpose is to:- • Improve the quality of life for children, young people and adults with Cerebral Palsy • enable people with Cerebral Palsy to live as independently as possible, • provide companionship for isolated disabled people and direct support to their families • alleviate the pressures of caring for a family member with Cerebral Palsy at home. Our services are free. However, we receive no statutory funding and therefore have to raise all the money required to run our projects and provide our services. We provide activities for three age-groups; children, young people and adults. These include trips to places of interest and theme parks, sporting and leisure activities which stimulate body and mind. We use venues that are fully accessible and provide as much accessible transport as our resources allow. We run an evening social club for adults. Members meet most weeks in the evening. The club has been running for over 30 years. Our aim is to serve more people by running additional sessions during daytime and on weekends. We provide an Information and Signposting Service. Requests for help are handled sensitively and confidentially. A simple verbal or written response is often insufficient. Many people need practical help such as form-filling, writing letters, making phone calls on their behalf, organising travel, checking accessibility etc. We communicate regularly with members, other people with CP and other disability charities to inform our work and determine priority service needs. As part of this work, we distribute useful and important information through our bi-monthly newsletters and member information packs. We occasionally provide, with help from businesses and generous supporters, assistive and mobility equipment for people with CP. We also offer modest financial assistance to members who can receive a small amount of money, usually on a one-off basis. The process is confidential and non-stigmatising as well as being simple, quick and user-friendly. We work in partnership with and support charities that help people with CP and other disabilities in other ways. Finally, courtesy of a generous bequest, we have occasional free use of a villa in Portugal. Each year this provides an accessible, affordable respite break for up to 4 families which have a child or young person with CP. Last year, over 400 people used and benefited from one or more of our projects and services.
HOW WILL YOU USE THIS PRIZE?
We'd be able to use it to provide our members with a Boccia session, it would cover the hire of a room, travel costs for members and light refreshments.
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