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Bristol Sleep Event Answers Parent’s Sleep Issues

Catherine Stone gives a sleep presentation

Catherine Stone gives a sleep presentation

We recently held a sleep advice event for parent/ carers of disabled children in association with Contact a Family in Bristol.

As charities supporting families of children with additional needs we know that it can be much more difficult for children with learning and sensory differences to maintain a healthy sleep routine.  We work to support parents and carers who are often desperate for more information and guidance at what is a very challenging time in their lives.

A total of 28 parents were able to benefit from the workshop event. One of Cerebra’s Sleep Practitioners, Catherine Stone, gave a presentation on taking a step by step approach to understanding what we know about sleep and how to support a better nights sleep for children who have additional needs. A lunch was provided which allowed the group to share their own information and experiences as well as access advice and support from Sarah King from Contact A Family and Kath Fryer, Cerebra’s Regional Officer for Bristol.

Feedback from the event was positive. One parent said: ‘I’m not alone as I met someone with the same condition as my son.’

Another Mum said the day had helped her to feel ‘Nurtured – very welcoming presenters, a lovely lunch and time for me’.

As well as running workshops, Cerebra’s Sleep Advice Service can offer ongoing advice and support to local families experiencing challenges where their child either has a learning or developmental delay, or if they have a neurological disorder.  Catherine Stone works closely with the Specialist Children Centres in Bristol and runs regular advice clinics for parents as part of this valuable service.

Many thanks to SENSE Woodside Family Centre in Kingswood for hosting the day.

You can find more information about our Sleep Service on our website.

Families Join us for Hop Skip and Jump Play Day

Kath Fryer, Regional Officer for Bristol organised a successful Stay & Play Fun Day on Sunday 7th February for Cerebra members.

Thirty-five children and their families were able to come along, meet one another, share experiences and access advice and information at Hop Skip and Jump, a purpose built play centre for children who have additional needs.

Many families had not been before and their children had a great time exploring the music room, two sensory rooms, soft play area,  two ball pits,  and wide open spaces that the venue had to offer.  Children and their families were invited to stay and sample food and refreshments from the free cafe on the day and volunteers Melissa and Adam were on hand to offer amazing support.

Cerebra brought along Reflexology Therapist Sue Morgan who worked tirelessly to offer massage taster sessions to these well deserving Mums and Dads.

We were also able to fund Animal Assisted Therapy for the children who came along.  Therapists from ‘Sensory Heaven’ in Bristol brought along Arthur the rabbit and his guinea pig friends for cuddles on what turned out to be a particularly rainy Sunday! The children were guided to interact with the animals at their own pace according to their particular needs. Therapists at Sensory Heaven are Makaton trained and several children with communication needs enjoyed learning new signs for ‘rabbit’ and ‘guinea pig’.

Kath Fryer said: “The room where the Animal Assisted Therapy took place was so calm and magical. Children who find it harder to focus and concentrate because of their needs were completely relaxed and absorbed in the moment as they held the animals.”

Feedback from the event was positive. Comments included: ‘Thank you very much for a lovely family day! It made our Sunday very special. I enjoyed a foot massage and the children loved animal therapy!”

Another Mum described the day as: “safe, welcoming, understanding.”

Another said: “Thank you for giving us the opportunity to explore this place.  Knowing that there are places which I can take my child… to play with a range of things which he can learn from, be himself and not having other people judge him.”

We would like to thank the team at Hop Skip & Jump for enabling us to open this amazing venue on a Sunday when it is usually closed and Contact A Family who provided their local rep, Sarah King to offer additional information and resources that can help parent carers with the day to day challenges they come up against.

Pupils Rally Together to Fundraise

Staff and pupils at Redland High School for Girls in Bristol have raised money for Cerebra with a week of fundraising activities.

Cerebra was nominated by one of the pupils at the school after a relative of theirs received a specially adapted trike which was funded by us. This personal experience helped to spur on fundraising efforts which were organised by the school’s Chestnut House.

Pupils held cake and jumble sales, raffles, guess the teddy competitions and the pupils’ favourite – non-uniform day.

In addition to these activities, one pupil, Danielle Beach, also decided that she would go the extra mile and do a 54 mile cycle ride! In doing so, she contributed £155 to the final fundraising total which was an impressive £989.18.

Cerebra would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who was involved with fundraising for us.

If you would like to find out how you can something similar to support the work Cerebra does, please contact Allyson Silverthorne at [email protected] or 01267 244222.

Families Enjoy Bristol Ice Skating Session

KaiWe invited families to take part in an inclusive ice skating session in Bristol.

Families in Bristol recently enjoyed a day on the temporary ice at the At-Bristol Science Centre.

The special session allowed families who are members of the charity to have a free afternoon on the ice in a safe environment with some great equipment including “penguins” and “bananas” that were on hand to make sure there was no slipping, just plenty of sliding!

There was a special appearance of charity mascot Sir E. Bear who braved the ice himself to show everyone how it’s done!

Cerebra Regional Officer Kate Hedger who organised the event was very pleased with how much of a success the day was: “There were lots of smiling faces all around. I’m glad everyone enjoyed!” she said.

Cerebra hold many events throughout the year around the country. You can find out about upcoming events here.

Here are some of the pictures from the day: