URGENT request for support – 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.
Please help us to continue providing our vital service during this critical time. Our overheads remain the same and fundraising opportunities are extremely limited. Our planned events are cancelled resulting in a major drop in income.
We must KEEP FOOTPRINTS AFLOAT – we urge you to please, CLICK HERE, and donate whatever you can to our JustGiving page – Thank you.
“We are facing a hugely challenging and unprecedented situation that is unfolding daily. As the situation develops, my concern grows for the future of Footprints and our ability to raise funds and remain sustainable. Knowing we are not alone in this, offers some comfort but we exist to enable children with neurodisability to reach their potential. It is devastating not to be able to deliver a service that is a lifeline to these children and their families.”
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).”
Download our fundraising pack:
- GUIDELINES FOR VOLUNTARY FUNDRAISERS 2020
- FOOTPRINTS SPONSOR FORM
- FOOTPRINTS FUNDRAISING LEAFLET
- FOOTPRINTS BLANK POSTER PDF
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.
Dates for your diary!
For all event details, please email [email protected]
Magical Mayhem –UPDATE – POSTPONED
Sunday 3 May 2020, 2 pm to 4 pm at Burnside Memorial Hall, Plumtree
We are hosting an afternoon with magician Paul Brown who mesmerises children of all ages and abilities.
Makaton signing, wheelchair spaces (state when booking), refreshments, raffle, tombola, comedy, magic and amazing balloon creations!
Be entertained with family and friends and raise funds for our great local charity.
Our last event at The Burnside Memorial Hall sold out within days, so be quick – support Footprints and buy your tickets ASAP.
Email [email protected] for tickets
Little Footprints Ball supporting Footprints CEC
Friday, 6 November 2020 at 19:30 (more details TBA)
Crowne Plaza Nottingham
Wollaton Street, NG1 5RH Nottingham
You are invited by Lisa Fox
Tables are BEING BOOKED DAILY. Reserve your tickets NOW and keep up to date here https://www.facebook.com/events/715557702235412/
London Landmarks Half Marathon
Sunday 29 March 2020
We have secured FIVE (NOW ONLY TWO REMAINING) additional, sought-after places to add to our full team for this event. If you would like to run with 13,999 others around London’s most interesting, historic parts and support our small, local charity, please get in touch!
The deadline for registering is 6 February.
Email [email protected]
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 practising 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.