Author: Eileen Sleaford

Disabled children’s charity Footprints faces funding challenges ahead
Footprints CEC Conductive Education Centre) has been a lifeline for families of disabled children across the East Midlands – and beyond – for almost 40 years. Now, it is battling [...]
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Join our #Footprintssingandsign fundraising challenge on Sunday 26 April! #twopointsixchallenge
Join our #Footprintssingandsign fundraising challenge! Part of the national 2.6 Challenge #twopointsixchallenge, we’re challenging you to film yourself either belting your heart out to a verse from the classic song [...]
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Over 40% loss of income – East Midlands children’s charity sends plea to local people…
We are grateful to Jennie Holland PR who is generously supporting our charity for a few months. See their latest press releases for Footprints: East Midlands Business Link Business Shows [...]
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We are in extraordinary times, and we know many of the families using our services will be worried about the impact on their children without access to our centre, as [...]
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Closure creates concern for isolated families and local charity’s future
Footprints Conductive Education Centre in Nottingham last week took the unprecedented and challenging decision to cancel its sessions for children and parents for [at least] four weeks with immediate effect, [...]
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Celebrating 70 years of Conductive Education at Footprints CEC
This year, local charity Footprints Conductive Education Centre in Nottingham is celebrating 70 years of Conductive Education, the specialist approach practised at the centre that can transform the lives of [...]
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Coronavirus action plan update
Yesterday, the Government’s Coronavirus action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to [...]
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Being Matthew’s Mum and The Long Summer Holiday
If like me, you’re on your own for the duration with children who want to be entertained but have different needs it’s hard work! It’s lovely to spend time with [...]
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Congratulating our new Conductor Assistants – the first in Nottingham!
Two years ago Footprints Trustees committed to addressing the shortfall of qualified Conductive Education staff available and made the decision to train Conductor Assistants (CAs) to work in our Centre. [...]
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Local Charity Footprints’ Partnership With Law Firm Raises More Than £20k
A unique local charity that provides life changing support to children with disabilities and their families has received a funding boost from the city’s largest law firm. Footprints Conductive Education [...]
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Being Matthew’s school mum
Sending your child to school for the first time is a BIG day. There are tears and it’s emotional, even though you’re a little bit relieved they will be kept [...]
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We’re ready for the Footprints Superheroes Charity Ball!
                We’re excited!  There are just three sleeps until our super-stylish, super-fun Superheroes Ball on Saturday at Colwick Hall. Our volunteers (and Andrea) [...]
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Outstanding Response from 32 Local Schools And Nurseries For Footprints Charity
When Lucie Gregory, one of our parents, invited local nurseries, schools, and child-minders to participate in a top-secret ‘colouring-in’ exercise with the children, we did not expect such a phenomenal [...]
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Being Matthew’s mum at an exhibition
I went to the Naidex exhibition at Birmingham NEC this week, and I thought I’d review it so that you can decide if it’s useful to go to the next [...]
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Footprints Conductive Education Centre, a local Nottingham charity, is calling for your vote to secure up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s People’s Projects. Footprints [...]
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Being Matthew’s mum of two
When Matthew was a few weeks old (and before we knew anything was wrong) I found I was struggling. It was hard coping with a newborn and a toddler all [...]
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Being Matthew’s (trying not to compare) Mum
A Blog by Matthew’s Mum … New babies, and being on maternity leave, can be a hard and lonely place for a new mum (well, it was for me). I [...]
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Manager of Nottingham’s only Conductive Education Centre going back to school to participate in UK’s…
Nathalie Bailey-Fitter, manager of Nottingham-based charity Footprints CEC, is set to become one of the first people to complete the UK’s first Multidisciplinary Conductor course at the National Institute for [...]
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Being Matthew’s [worrying] mum
There are so many things to worry about when you have a child with additional needs; so many things to get anxious about, stress about, feel sad about … it [...]
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Being Matthew’s Mum [on holiday]
Being Matthew’s mum [on holiday] We’ve just booked a week’s holiday in Cromer for our summer holidays! It’s a lovely place, and we’re lucky to be going on holiday as [...]
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“Our son’s brain condition doesn’t give us any idea of what the future holds but we’ll have to see how he progresses. Even though it’s often upsetting and exhausting, he’s one amazing happy little three-year-old boy whose smile is contagious, and he’s worth it. He’ll be the best he can be as long as there are charities like FootprintsCEC looking after us.”

August 2020