Monday 30th July marked World Friendship Day – a day dedicated to the celebration of friendships across the globe. Nottingham-based charity Footprints CEC, the city’s only conductive education centre, recognises the power of the bonds formed by both parents and children attending their sessions and mum Lucie Gregory, is testament to that.
Footprints work with children with motor learning difficulties or motor development delay. The charity practices Conductive Education to develop basic motor, sensory and self-help skills to allow children to reach their full potential. Volunteers at Footprints nurture a positive outlook and strive to solve the problems that the children and their parents face in daily life.
Lucie Gregory and her son Matthew have been attending Footprints’ sessions for over two years to help Matthew cope with Nodular Heterotopia – a brain malformation limiting his cognitive development. Both Lucie and Matthew have formed many long-lasting friendships – proving invaluable to their progress along the way.
I stopped taking Matthew to playgroup because he became excluded and didn’t make many friends, said Lucie. From the minute we found Footprints, we knew it was going to be a big help, but I don’t think we knew just how much it would change our lives. Matthew now has a lovely group of friends that support each other. Attending Footprints has given me hope and determination. I have made some amazing friends that understand what I’m going through and don’t judge me. There is a real sense of family and the experiences we share really bring us together.
Footprints’ Communications Manager, Eileen Sleaford, understands the importance of these friendships and would encourage parents to reach out to the charity if they and their children require any support.
It is very easy for parents to feel overwhelmed if their child suffers from a learning difficulty or disability, says Eileen. It can be a very isolating environment for both parents and children if they feel they do not have a trusted support network around them. Parents attending our sessions not only benefit from our services, but also from the relationships they form with others in a similar situation. We would urge any parent or carer who thinks that they would benefit from our work to get in touch.
For more information about Footprints and to get in touch, please visit http://www.footprintscec.org.
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Notes to editors:
Footprints is a Nottingham-based registered charity working with children with motor learning difficulties or motor development delay. The charity practices Conductive Education to develop motor, sensory and self-help skills to allow children to reach their full potential.
The charity has developed a range of special communication projects for children with Down’s Syndrome as well as providing support for parents of disabled children – all delivered by a team of trained experts in Conductive Education.