Do you want to be the next Head of Fundraising?
Do you want to see, first-hand, the impact your fundraising is having on local children and their families?
We have a fantastic vacancy at Stick ‘n’ Step with the flexibility of being either at Wallasey or Runcorn. There are many reasons why you should apply.
Stick ‘n’ Step is a charity that offers free weekly conductive education sessions to children and young people from across the North West with Cerebal Palsy. Delivered from their specialised centres in Wirral and Runcorn, the sessions are designed to help each child reach their personal potential regarding their confidence, mobility, and independence.
Below are case studies that demonstrate the hard work and achievements Stick ‘n’ Step have made over the years.
Nine year old Heidi from Runcorn has been attending Stick ‘n’ Step for almost 6 years. Heidi, who was born 14 weeks prematurely, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after her 2 year assessment at which point she was still not able to sit up on her own. Mum Kirsty, was told about Stick ‘n’ Step from a doctor at the Liverpool Women’s hospital after her assessment.
After the initial diagnosis Kirsty admitted that looking back now she was probably in denial to a degree about the likelihood of Heidi being able to walk. She said “I kept telling myself she would catch up, that it was just a delay in her development due to having been born so prematurely, but my husband Hayden was probably more realistic about the situation and he focused on getting Heidi the help she needed”.
Kirsty said “Heidi loves coming to her weekly sessions because she really benefits from the exercises and activity based tasks which are part of her Conductive Education programme, and it is also an opportunity for her to spend an afternoon out of her wheelchair, which she really benefits from. She also enjoys the social aspect of meeting up with the friends that she has made over the last six years. They have formed a very strong bond and it is lovely to see the way they encourage each other in the classroom.”
Heidi had been coming to Stick ‘n’ Step for just over a year when she reached what Kirsty remembers as being a particularly memorable milestone. She started to clap both hands together – something she had not been able to do previously due to her poor co-ordination. Heidi is now working on improving her trunk control which should enable her to sit independently. Recently she managed to sit for 26 seconds on her own and Kirsty hopes that this will continue to improve with every weekly session.
Five-year-old Joshua has been attending Stick ‘n’ Step in Wallasey for just over 2 years and Mum Unah recently acknowledged the huge difference that this has made to Joshua’s life as well as to the lives of their whole family.
Joshua was born prematurely at 28 weeks and over the first 12 or 18 months Unah noticed that he wasn’t doing all the same things that his older brother and sister had been doing, but she felt that this was probably just due to his premature birth. It was in 2014 at the age of two and a half that Joshua was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Unah is really happy with the progress that Joshua has made so far and told staff recently that he had definitely become more independent and that his confidence has really improved since coming to Stick ‘n’ Step. She added “He used to be scared to do any climbing but now he will do that without any hesitation which is great. He moves around the house far more independently holding on to things, and from a sitting position he will now just get up on his own without being asked. It was brilliant when I saw him take his first independent steps down the corridor. I felt so proud of him”.
Four-year-old Noah lives in Higher Kinnerton, Flintshire with Mum and Dad, Liz and Iain. He was born prematurely at 30 weeks and spent the first month of his life in hospital in the Special Care Baby Unit. Noah’s mum found out about Stick ‘n’ Step from a colleague but unfortunately there were no places left on the Programme at that point, but she learned about a pilot study due to start in Cheshire in April 2015 that had been designed to review whether there was sufficient demand to consider opening a second centre.
The pilot study was successful, and funding for the centre, including refurbishment and running costs for a three year period was secured from The Steve Morgan Foundation, The Big Lottery Fund, The Williams Family Fund as well as several other sources. At the end of the pilot study Noah transferred to have his weekly sessions at the Wallasey centre and then moved to Runcorn when the new centre opened in September 2017.
Liz said that over the years she has seen a real improvement in Noah’s confidence in his own abilities and he is not afraid to try new things since coming to Stick ‘n’ Step. His level of independence has definitely increased as well and Noah is now able to put on his own shoes and socks.
If you want to be a part of something big that can help affected children with Cerebral Palsy, then please get in touch by clicking here or request a candidate pack by emailing [email protected]