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Cerebral Palsy Mid Staffs

An Independent Charity Helping People With Disabilities

HISTORY OF CHARITY

 

1957 - Local group formed by parents seeking better local facilities for their children with cerebral palsy.

1962 - Physiotherapy and Speech Therapist clinics set up under the guidance of Mr Wainwright a very eminent Orthopaedic Consultant/Surgeon. Church Halls, Community Centre, Welfare Clinics and homes used for treatment sessions, funded by the Association.  First Regional Social worker employed by the Spastics Society, Mike Townsend, who jointly with Mrs Cartman carried out a complete survey of our area of Mid Staffordshire, to assess the needs of the members with cerebral palsy and their families. The Spastics Society in London was informed of the results of the survey.

1967 - Negotiations started between Medical Officer of Health, Mr Wainwright, the Spastics Society and the local group, to try to bring about a permanent place of treatment for members needing physio/speech therapy.

1967/9 - Structure of local committee had to change to enable association to go forward. This was carried out with the help of the Spastics Society Regional Committee.

1969 - New committee in place, search for house began to establish a Day Care Centre where treatment could take place, and parents could have relief from caring.

1970 - House purchased, 15 Lichfield Road, Stafford, and refurbishment began. Cannock Round Table, after a very moving talk, given by the parent of a very handicapped child, presented the association with a lovely new furnished bungalow at Tywyn in Wales. This continues to be of great benefit to our families.

1971 - Day Care Centre opened. Ambulance purchased. Qualified Nursing sister in charge, physiotherapy/speech therapy, consultations and interest shown by Education Psychologist.

1973 - Revenue very hard to raise and negotiations started with Education Department, who recognised that a point of great need had been proved. The Spastics Society and the local group discussed terms for the refurbishment of 15 Lichfield Road, to Education Dept Standards and it was agreed that the local group would hand over the building to the Spastics Society, and the Society would meet the cost of the refurbishment.

1974 - 15 Lichfield Road officially handed to the Education Department and re-named Greenhall Nursery School for Physically Handicapped Children.<br>Agreement made that 3 members of the association would be governors of the school, and that at all times children with cerebral palsy would be given preference on any waiting list for admission to the school.

1982 - It had been established that Day Facilities for young adults were very inadequate in Stafford. Discussions took place between the Social Services Dept, and the Association to look at the possibility of refurbishing Northfields Infants School, when it became vacant in 1983. It was agreed with other local charities, that if 50,000 could be raised towards the cost of the refurbishment, the Social Services Department would go ahead with the scheme. The Spastics Society architect assisted with the plans for this work

1985 - Just before Christmas Northfields Care Centre was opened. Our capital contribution towards the 50,000 charity gift had been 10,000. Because we had worked very hard fund-raising, we had quite a bit of money left over. We did associate ourselves with the options on offer to people attending the centre. After discussion with the Spastics Society Horticulture Department, we decided to purchase a large circular greenhouse, accessible to wheelchairs for the use of people in the centre. We also set up a pottery, and employed a Potter three days each week. It was also a time when interest was shown in computers for disabled people, so we were able to purchase a computer. With the help of students from the local ITEC and the Polytechnic, we were able to give tuition.

1990 - The Director of Social Services asked us to consider setting up a new Computer Unit in Stafford for the use of our members who could no longer visit Great Wyrley, and particularly for our friends from Glebelands Court Residential Home. Since 1990 we have been fund-raising for this project. The Computer Unit is housed in a cedarwood portacabin in the grounds of Northfields Care Centre. The land has been leased to us at a peppercorn rent for seven years. The aims of the Computer Resource Centre in Stafford is to provide an opportunity to people with physical difficulties or severe medical problems, to access Information Technology in a caring environment. We accommodate people with impaired speech, lack of manual dexterity and other disabilities caused through cerebral palsy or onset disabilities. We encourage people to communicate generally and enjoy learning about the magic of computers. Because people attending will not be able to progress to training for work, and there is no time set for them completing the Clait Course we offer, they do enjoy very much being able to use the computers. For people with a lack of manual dexterity to be able to write letters or produce birthday cards, or get well cards, this is a joy.

1992 - More fundraising was done to enable us to set up a computer centre in Stafford, in a portacabin on the Northfields site. West Midlands Spastics Society made a grant of 10,000 for computers.

1995 - We changed our name from Mid Staffordshire Spastics Association to Mid Staffordshire Scope.

2006 - After much discussion we once again changed our name as it was causing confusion. (People assumed that we were National Scope and we missed out on funding). We launched our new name on 7th July 2006. We are now known as Cerebral Palsy Mid Staffordshire.

2014 - The Computer Centre was moved to The Chetwynd Centre, Newport Road, Stafford, as a temporary arrangement, whilst we were waiting for our new room to be built in a new development on the Stone Road called Northfield Village.  The computer centre continues to operate, after obtaining a contract with Staffs County Council, Adult & Community Learning to help with the funding. The computer centre has always been valued by the people attending.

2015 - The Computer Centre has moved again, hopefully for the final time.  We now have a lovely room in the Northfield Centre, Stone Rd, Stafford.  We continue to offer IT training to adults over the age of 19 years who have a physical disability.

Home Visitor. - We continue to have a Home Visitor, who provides advocacy, and generally gives advice and support to our members.

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