Support us

Help to make a BIG difference to the lives of our children and families – please, click here and donate to Footprints.

Financially, this year is the toughest by far for us, so anything you can do to help raise funds will be HUGELY appreciated. For example, would your business or organisation adopt our charity? How about bake sales or coffee mornings at work or home? Or, would your local pub organise a charity quiz night?

Big or small, it all makes a difference. It costs £101 per child/per session or approximately £3,900 per child per year.

Our families know loneliness and isolation better than most, but this feeling heightened beyond words during the various lockdowns and restrictions. They had to cope with their children’s constant needs with little or no support for more than a year. We provided virtual sessions and phone calls, but we know that virtual is no replacement for actual contact; a zoom class doesn’t give the physical contact a child needs to progress, and a phone call is no replacement for a hug.

Our bank details:

Footprints Conductive Education Centre
The Co-operative Bank
Sort Code – 08 92 99
Account Number – 65883042

Please include your name for reference.

Footprints is a registered charity: 1093006 and a Company Limited by Guarantee: 04186674

URGENT support request – As a small, independent charity, Footprints Conductive Education Centre relies almost entirely on the generosity of individuals and businesses (as well as Grants and Trusts funding) to support children with disabilities and their families in Nottinghamshire and surrounding areas.

Funding will allow us to sustain the delivery of some of our core services via an online platform. Sadly, because of Covid restrictions, many of our families now find they have become their child’s teacher, nurse, physio, speech therapist, sole carer and parent

We must raise a minimum of £17,000 a month to provide our Conductive Education and support services. Our early intervention support allows disabled children 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. Or set up a Standing Order and gift us a monthly amount:
How your donation will help
  • £3,900 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 will pay for one session for a family
  • £25 buys a supply of bubbles, chewy tubes and other equipment to help with our speech therapy project for children with Down's syndrome
Download our fundraising pack:
Join in our events

See some of our two-point-six fundraising heroes https://www.footprintscec.org/two-point-six-challenge/

As a small charity with limited resources, we struggle to organise many large fundraising events, so we are delighted when people host events on our behalf!

For all event details, please email sophie.underwood@footprintscec.org

Conductive Education has had a huge impact on both my child & our family. The sessions have been the one constant for us, especially throughout the pandemic. Although services had to be altered, Footprints have been there for us throughout.

 

Parents’ isolation and anxiety is real and Footprints is often their main source of support.

  • “This is by far the most valuable service we access all week”
  • “It’s not just the input for the children we will miss but the interaction with other parents”
  • “Are you able to give us any tasks to work on at home, we are a bit lost already and it seems such a long time (to be without the service).”
Why your support is so important

You can give a family hope. 

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 depend on doing the day-to-day activities others take for granted. Our focus is on developing vital communication and movement skills and practising daily tasks such as eating, drinking, going to the toilet, and seeking help better equip children to go to school, attend appointments, and participate in social activities.

We systematically analysed parental evaluations and professional assessments to understand better 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

There are lots of other ways you can support us. Click here to find out more.
See Logan’s story as told by Danny Dyer for BBC Children in Need http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p037zt2n.