Here at Footprints, we learned to adapt (this year’s keyword). Traditionally, Conductive Education is a hands-on, face-to-face teaching and learning method that works best in groups – who knew that our education team could get to grips with technology at home and do it virtually?!
We’ve worn PPE, emptied our classrooms of all the furnishings that make it colourful and fun, and still, children learn and enjoy their sessions. We’ve learned to operate hybrid systems with some children zooming in to group sessions in the classroom, which will improve with new technology and training. We’ve learned that delivering speech and language sessions for children with Down’s syndrome can be done effectively online, opening up opportunities to support more children.
We’ve learned that some genuinely beautiful people support our small charity, and just as we were concerned about the lack of income from events (along with the possibility of closure), the 2.6 Challenge came to save us. See our superhero fundraisers https://www.footprintscec.org/support-us/
Trusts and Grant funders generously came to our aid to help us get through and work on ‘Covid-proofing’ our service, and we couldn’t be more grateful; along with supporters like Lisa Fox and Dave Taylor who fundraise all year for us.
We knew it anyway, but this year confirmed it. We have the most fantastic team of staff, volunteers, ambassadors, trustees; all pulling together to keep going – some centre stage, some behind the scenes, yet every single one crucial to Footprints sustainability.
So, what we’ve learned is that we’re resilient! Not just us but our incredible families too. Children have been remarkable in adapting to all the changes; parents and guardians adjust to increasing isolation, home-working, loss of jobs and income, home-schooling, and caring responsibilities.
Whatever 2021 decides to throw at us, we’re now adept at adapting, so bring it on! Although having said that, it’s going to be tough for everyone, and the need for funds never goes away – so please help if you can
Wishing you a Happy New Year, everyone.
From all of us at Footprints Conductive Education Centre.