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Josh Nurse Becomes an Ambassador

Josh receiving his Ambassador certificate Joshua Nurse from Pontiets, Carmarthenshire is celebrating his 16th birthday by becoming an Ambassador for us and drawing the winning tickets in our Summer raffle draw. 15 year old Joshua Nurse from Pontiets is the same age as Cerebra – and we have known and worked with him and his family since he was a baby.  Josh was born with a ...
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Disabled Facilities Grants

The school of law team at the University of Leeds Our student researchers at the School of Law, University of Leeds, have published a report on Disabled Facilities Grants and home adaptations. Disabled children and their families are legally entitled to a grant to pay for necessary adaptations to their home to improve accessibility and independent enjoyment of their surroundings. These are known as Disabled ...
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How behaviour problems can affect family life

Jane Raca, whose son James has learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour shares her story and explains how you can get involved in research that will help other families. "When James was little he used to pinch me if he was cross. He couldn’t walk or talk, so his means of communication were limited. The pinching didn’t hurt too much and he developed a graduated ...
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Social Care Guides – England and Wales

One of the results of devolution is that in a number of areas of the law England and Wales are developing different approaches - these are sometimes very different. The law dealing with social care is no exception and both England and Wales have seen changes in this area in the recent past. The changes in Wales in particular are significant and social services teams ...
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SEN Reforms in England and Wales

In England, the special educational needs (SEN) reforms introduced in September 2014 continue to be rolled out. Although all SEN statements should be converted into Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans by April 2018 recent government figures show that 45% of the statements are still in place with only 19 out of the 152 English local authorities currently on track to meet the deadline. Clearly, ...
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Innovation Centre Test New Surf Boards

Our Innovation Centre has been doing some pioneering work with surfing equipment for disabled children over the past couple of years They recently received funding from Claire's Project which allowed them to produce two new surf boards, one of which was produced in time to be tested out at an event held by the Wave Project. The board was used by about 10 children over the course ...
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Alex Completes 60 Mile Trek

Alex and Ezra at Mwnt Beach We would like to say a huge well done to Alex Elsaesser who recently walked through the night to complete a 60 mile trek along the Ceredigion Coastal path. Alex said: "In the end it took us 29 hours walking to finish the 60 miles. Walking on the cliffs through the night was mental.  The group that organised the ...
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Anne and Brian Make Fantastic Donation

Mrs Pearce hands her cheque over to Laura MacDonald The story of one little boy inspired Anne Pearce and her husband Brian to donate an incredible £5,000 to Cerebra! Anne first heard about Cerebra from one of our Ambassadors, Nicola Tilson. Nicola has received support from our Sleep Practitioner Laura MacDonald for her son Alfie. Nicola said: "Alfie had been diagnosed with a complicated medical ...
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Massage Helps Improve Bedtime Routine

Our Sleep Practitioner Pattie Everitt was recently able to help Freddie and his mum Abbie build a better bed time routine, improving the quality of family life for everyone. Freddie had problems with night waking from around 9 months old.  He was not crying or upset but tended to talk to himself, shout and make loud noises. His mum, Abbie, got in contact with us ...
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Samuel and Angel Bake Some Sweet Treats to Raise Funds

Samuel, Angel and Jacky On Saturday 1st July 2017, Samuel Turner and his friend Angel raised £50 for Cerebra at a fete at Treetops, a specialist school in Essex. They made some delicious cakes to sell at the fete and even made a very special Cerebra cake which was of course Samuel's favourite! Cerebra Cake Samuel said: "In my heartfelt experience, it's never a matter ...
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