Sharing best practices together over a cuppa and a Chorley cake

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Two conductors from Stick n Step with staff and puils holding a special tea party to celebrate Conductive Education Awareness Week at Rainbow House
Photo Neil Cross Two conductors from Stick n Step with staff and puils holding a special tea party to celebrate Conductive Education Awareness Week at Rainbow House
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Specialist staff and disabled youngsters from the charity-run Rainbow House rehabilitation centre enjoyed a cup of tea with a difference at a special tea party event to mark Conductive Education (CE) Awareness Week .

The team from the Mawdesley based centre held a job swap with representatives from specialist conductive education and support services Stick ‘n’ Step, based in Wallasey on the Wirral, as part of activity sharing exercise.

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Conductive Education Awareness Week at Rainbow House
Nadia Clarke with Joanne Ashcroft

Photo Neil Cross Conductive Education Awareness Week at Rainbow House Nadia Clarke with Joanne Ashcroft

It was a chance for the two charities to join forces and share best practices.

The two colleagues from Stick ‘n’ Step brought along cake and a special muscle calming sage tea to mark the occasion.

Julia McDonald and Lucy Bretherton from Rainbow House treated everyone to a traditional Chorley cake.

The ‘job swap’ was organised to help the two charity run organisations increase increase understanding of conductive education, and its benefits to children and adults with neurological conditions that affect muscle control, ability and learning, due to previous trauma or illness.

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Conductive Education Awareness Week at Rainbow House
Fraser Cash with Joel Sweeney from Stick n Step and Rachel Holland

Photo Neil Cross Conductive Education Awareness Week at Rainbow House Fraser Cash with Joel Sweeney from Stick n Step and Rachel Holland

Julia said: “We are looking forward to seeing how our colleagues at Stick ‘n’ Step conduct their sessions.

“Every CE centre develops their programmes to meet the needs of each individual.

“It will be fantastic to share ideas and learn new things and to meet colleagues from another centre.”

CE Awareness Week aims to increase understanding of conductive education, and its benefits to children and adults with neurological conditions that affect muscle control, ability and learning.

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Conductive Education Awareness Week at Rainbow House
George Clark with Kriszti Turner from Stick n Step and Nora Szentirmai

Photo Neil Cross Conductive Education Awareness Week at Rainbow House George Clark with Kriszti Turner from Stick n Step and Nora Szentirmai

The aim of the job switch was for the two centres to understand how they differ when delivering CE and allowed the conductors to share best practice, learn new approaches and discuss what children and young adults respond to best.

As part of the national week’s activities the children also got involved with a dance event – with a routine to Jake Bugg’s Lightning Bolt.

Rainbow House offers rehabilitation, education and fun for children, young people and adults with neurological conditions such a cerebral palsy, brain injury, stroke, MS and genetic conditions. Like Stick ‘n’ Step, Rainbow House receives no statutory funding and relies completely on fund-raising to cover its annual running cost of £500,000.

This Saturday, April 23, staff, families and fund-raisers will come together for the annual Rainbow Ramble, one of the biggest events in the centre’s calendar.

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Conductive Education Awareness Week at Rainbow House
Jack Preston-Ferneyhough with Kriszti Turner from Stick n Step and Cathy Houston

Photo Neil Cross Conductive Education Awareness Week at Rainbow House Jack Preston-Ferneyhough with Kriszti Turner from Stick n Step and Cathy Houston

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Conductive Education Awareness Week at Rainbow House
Jessica Atkins

Photo Neil Cross Conductive Education Awareness Week at Rainbow House Jessica Atkins