Help us to continue providing our vital service
As a small, independent charity, Footprints Conductive Education Centre relies almost entirely on the generosity of individuals and businesses to keep supporting disabled children and their families in the Nottinghamshire area. Download our Fundraising leaflet.
Join in our events
As a small charity with limited resources we struggle to organise many big fundraising events, so we are delighted when people host events on our behalf! Our annual Ball is always entertaining, and we‘re grateful to our amazing team of volunteers who are always ready to lend a hand. This year’s Superheroes Ball on 18 May was great fun!
Dates for your diary!
For all event details, please email [email protected]
15 June 2019 – Masonic Family Fun Day at Bestwood Country Park, Fire service HQ – a free event for children with additional needs and their families.
23 June 2019 – Nottingham Park Garden Trail (Footprints is one of ten local charities to benefit from funds raised). This event is held every two years in the historic Park Estate and is a delight. If you love stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, cream teas (and other entertainment) then please do come along.
5 – 7 July 2019 – The annual Waynestock Music Festival 5th – 7th July 2019. Having a good time whilst raising money for charity. Located at Keyworth Rugby Club, Willoughby Road, Widmerpool NG12 5PU
We’re thrilled to have been selected as one of the charities to benefit from this fantastic weekend event –
- Rays of sunshine.org.uk – to brighten the lives of children with life limiting illnesses
- Footprintsec.org – for children with motor learning difficulties
- Tommys.org – Saving babies lives, research into premature births and miscarriages
- Whiz-kidz.org.uk – providing disabled children with wheelchairs & mobility equipment
Come along and have a fun weekend.
27 July 2019 – The Footprints Cup! An exciting charity football match raising funds for Footprints, with celebrities, former professional footballers and local players. Team Footprints v Team Hollyoaks. A fantastic family event – BUY NOW Tickets £5 – 16 and under and senior citizens FREE
3 August 2019 – Family Fun Day for Footprints at The Goose at Gamston
15 September 2019 – House of Pain Wrestling, Papplewick and Linby Village Hall. Tickets £5. 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm – Licenced Bar.
Why your support is so important
You can give a family hope – £3,315 funds one family for one year (the actual cost per child, per session is £85 – we ask families to make a small contribution of £10 towards the cost of the session).
In the past year, we helped 81 children – children experiencing a range of impairments including cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, Rett syndrome, Angelman syndrome and global development delay. Despite the considerable financial challenges faced (by many small charities), we are immensely proud that more than 90% of our pre-school children who moved on to school ‘graduated’ to mainstream education.
A high number of services – statutory and voluntary – help children progress, and we passionately believe that Footprints CEC also makes a significant contribution. Greater independence, access to mainstream services and making friends depends on being able to do the day-to-day activities others take for granted. Our focus on developing vital communication and movement skills, and practicing daily tasks such as eating, drinking, going to the toilet and seeking help, better equips children to go to school, attend appointments and take part in social activities.
We systematically analysed parental evaluations and professional assessments to better understand the impact of our pre-school service as a whole.
Our results showed:
- 91% of children supported developed better movement and coordination skills
- 86% grew in self-confidence
- 90% achieved their individual goals
“You can take from me that this tiny place genuinely and fundamentally changes the lives of these special little children and the lives of their parents – I know this because it’s changed our lives and I’ve seen it change others too. Some parents are without hope before they find FOOTPRINTS.” Parent
We must raise a minimum of £17,000 a month to provide our Conductive Education and support services. Our early intervention support gives disabled children the opportunity to gain the confidence, essential skills and quality of life that many non-disabled people take for granted.
Your support really will make a difference. Please donate now to help us help disabled children achieve their potential.
Please read what our parents have to say about how our work changes the lives of children with additional needs for the better (and their parents too).
How your donation will help
- £3,300 will transform the lives of parent and child, giving practical advice and emotional support to one of our families for one year
- £1,000 will purchase low and high technology communication aids and sensory toys
- £500 will provide new supplies of books to support our specialised pre-reading and writing skills work
- £100 purchase materials for our topics each term: colours, the weather, where people work, things that move.
- £85 will give a parent hope by providing a single parent and child session for one of our new families
- £25 buys a supply of bubbles, chewy tubes and other equipment to help with our speech therapy project for children with Down’s syndrome.
There are lots of other ways you can support us too. Click here to find out more.
Logan’s story told by Danny Dyer for BBC Children in Need http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p037zt2n