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Families go wild at Knowsley Safari Park!

An Ostrich at Knowsley Safari Park

An Ostrich at Knowsley Safari Park

Cerebra’s network of Regional Officers arrange events all year round and all over the country.  Our recent Knowsley Safari Park event offered the whole family a chance to have a fun day out.

On the 6th August, seventy five parents, carers and children had a great day out at Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside. The families drove around the 5 mile safari drive and saw lots of animals close up including,  lions, zebras, elephants, giraffes and of course the famous baboons who were their usual playful selves and got on the vehicles as they drove round. There was also a sea lion show and birds of prey display.

Despite rain in the morning all the families had a great time seeing the animals close up. The sun came out at lunch time and everyone could enjoy the outdoor play activity area and funfair.

The feedback from the families has been great.  Lots of families told us that their children had a great time, loved the Safari Park and thanked Cerebra for arranging such a good day out.

To find out more about events that we have coming up, keep an eye on our What’s On page.

SEND reform event gives parents an update

On the 1st July 2015, a Cerebra Forum was held at The Space Centre in Preston which provided an update the SEND Reforms.

Emma Davies, lawyer from Maxwell Gillott, Education Law Specialists gave a brilliant presentation on how the SEND Reforms are working in practice, since the change major changes to SEN Law in September 2104. The presentation provided parents/carers lots of information on Education Health Care Plans, the duty of statutory bodies and common problems.

Thirty parents, carers and professionals attended the event.  There was a Q & A session and lots of discussions during the presentation. The presentation gave parent/ carers a clearer understanding of the new legislation.  The feedback on Emma’s presentation was fantastic with lots of parent/carers asking for another forum next year on the same subject to be updated further.

We have had some very positive feedback from people who attended:

“This event has given me the confidence to challenge! It was excellent and thank you so much.”

“ I feel more positive about getting the right things in place for my children. It was a very informative forum.”

“Great to get updated knowledge. It was very welcoming, great speaker and well organised.”

At the event information was available on national and local SEN organisations and information was provided about forthcoming Cerebra Forums in the North West.

Following the presentation there was a buffet lunch in the beautiful gardens in The Space Centre with the added bonus of sunshine on the hottest day in 9 years!

You can download Emma’s presentation below:

SEND reform presentation

Altrincham Golf Ladies Club Together to Raise Money

Maria Wilson with some of the ladies from Altrincham golf club

Maria Wilson with some of the ladies from Altrincham golf club

We were very pleased to hear that the lady members of the Altrincham Golf Club have chosen Cerebra as their charity of the year and have raised a fantastic £1,467.19 to date.

The club’s lady captain Ann Hunt led the proceedings and has helped to arrange many different fundraising events over the course of the year. Amongst some of the events that helped the ladies raise the money were a Lady Captain Day, an Easter Raffle and a Hot Pot supper.

As well as many of the group activities that have taken place over the course of the year, one member of the club, Sheila Ball raised £375.00 on her own by doing a 10K run. The race took her from Deansgate in Manchester, through Old Trafford and ending at Salford Quays.

Cerebra Regional Officer Maria Wilson met with the ladies at the golf club to pick up their cheque and to present them with a certificate of appreciation.

Everyone at Cerebra are very grateful to the ladies of Altrincham Golf Club and all of their efforts which go towards helping children with brain injuries across the country. If you would like to find out how you can help Cerebra with fundraisers like the Altrincham Golf Club ladies, check out our fundraising page.

Will and Trusts Event a Success

criminal-law-policyCerebra holds Parent and Carer Forums throughout the year and on 12th February, the first ever Family Forum for Preston was held at the town’s Space Centre.

The event was arranged by Maria Wilson, one of Cerebra’s Regional Officers and its aim was to inform parents on how to make a Will and set up a Discretionary Trust.

A brilliant presentation was provided by Hugh Jones, Solicitor who is a nationally recognised expert in Court of Protection Work. Hugh provided an extremely informative presentation on the importance of both making a Will and setting up a Discretionary Trust for children with additional needs.

Nineteen parent carers attended this special event and there was lots of questions put forward by parents and carers on their specific situation. Everyone who attended felt the presentation was worthwhile and that Hugh was great, explaining this very difficult subject in “layman’s language”.

After the presentation, attendees were introduced to Cerebra’s non means tested Wills and Trust Grant which is extremely straight forward to apply for and can provide parents or carers with a grant of £350 towards the cost of producing a Will.

The feedback from the event has been extremely positive so far and one parent wrote:

“Excellent topic and very much appreciated in setting people to makes plans and Wills. This is fantastically pro-active support for the young people you aim to help, so well done.”

Another said: “Like pensions and funeral plans, writing a Will was certainly bottom of my list of things to do! However, Hugh Jones Solicitor actual managed to turn a rather dry subject into something fairly simple, straightforward and relevant for me and my family. He explained the importance of putting these things into place now, not only for peace of mind but also to protect the financial future of my children. I left the forum, with knowledge; knowledge is power! I no longer felt lost and unsure of what to do next. I have applied to Cerebra for my funding voucher, which will cover the entire cost of my will or trust and I will be arranging an appointment with a solicitors next week. I would recommend that all parent carers go along to this forum if they get the chance.”

Hugh’s presentation from the event can be downloaded below.

Hugh Jones Presentation