Charity’s specialist services support disabled children
Caudwell Children, will continue to provide specialist services to disabled children following the charity’s recent move to its new HQ, the Caudwell International Children’s Centre (CICC).
Located on the Keele Science & Innovation Park, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, the state of the art centre is the UK’s first independent purpose-built facility dedicated to providing multi-disciplinary assessment, support and research on neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.
Whilst it is intended that the CICC will unite the world’s leading experts on autism diagnosis and therapy, and set new standards for the UK, bosses at the charity say that they will continue to provide a full range of services for disabled children and their families.
“Our Family Support Service will continue to help families by providing support both in hospital and in the home,” said Lisa Bates, Associate Director of Core Services at Caudwell Children. “We’ll signpost families to appropriate agencies and specialist services and continue to give assistance in applying for support.’’
On average parents with a disabled child require five pieces of equipment to provide the basic level of care and Lisa says that the charity will continue to provide fundraising support to children who are struggling to secure the equipment that they need.
“We don’t believe in waiting lists for children,” explained Lisa. “Early provision of equipment can prevent the development of associated health problems.
“So we will provide 70-80% of the costs of specialist equipment such as high functionality powered wheelchairs, specialist mobility buggies, therapy tricycles, car seats, sports equipment and tactile sensory equipment.”
The charity will also continue to provide invaluable fundraising, publicity, administrative and logistical support to families where treatment is not available through statutory methods.
This will allow the charity to provide support to children who require Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, Proton Beam Therapy and cancer treatments.
“We will also help to improve the potential outcomes of children with cerebral palsy, brain tumour, hemiplegia, or congenital brain injury,” continued Lisa. “We will fund Conductive Education, a learning system designed to enable disabled children to achieve greater independence.”
The charity will also continue to deliver their annual Destination Dreams holiday to Disney World, in Florida, which gives 25 children, with life limiting conditions, the chance to experience the holiday of a lifetime.
Alongside this the charity will provide a range of short break activity days to give disabled children, and those with additional needs, the opportunity to get out of the house and have some fun.
“Our short breaks give disabled children the chance to try something new whilst spending time with other young people,” enthused Lisa. “It can also provide parents and careers with a regular planned break from their responsibilities.
“All our sessions are supported by experienced, friendly, staff and volunteers and will include workshops on practical life skills, sports, expressive arts, cookery and much more!
“Our full suite of services will continue to improve the quality of life for disabled children and their families, particularly if they are in crisis or experiencing difficulties.”
You can find out more about Caudwell Children’s full range of services here.