Over the past year we have been investigating the impact of Covid-19 on adults and families of children with cerebral palsy.

Our findings highlighted that the pandemic caused a large amount of daily life changes that were difficult to cope with and had a broad range of negative impacts on our community.

We were thrilled to welcome our patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester to our Centre here in Watford on 23 February 2022. The visit begins a year of celebrations, as we are celebrating our 65th anniversary this year.  

Her Royal Highness was presented with a bouquet by Daisy, aged 6, who receives specialist therapy for her Cerebral Palsy her at the centre.  The Duchess also met our therapists, volunteers, trustee's and supporters before unveiling a plaque to commemorate her visit.

As a charity dedicated to championing the rights of people with Cerebral Palsy, we are passionate about ensuring children in our community have equal access to education and opportunities to thrive in the classroom.

We recently had the opportunity to submit evidence to the APPG regarding EHCPs for children with cerebral palsy and best practices in teaching and learning for children with Cerebral Palsy.

Here at The National Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre we support people of all ages with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological conditions through tailored therapy and further support. We work with health and social services to reach the people who need us most and we campaign on the issues that matter most to people affected by these conditions.

The past year has been a time of increased anxiety and worry for many, with the COVID-19 pandemic having a profound impact on people’s ability to access the support they need.

Here at The National Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre we support people of all ages with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological conditions through tailored therapy and further support. We work with health and social services to reach the people who need us most and we campaign on the issues that matter most to people affected by these conditions.

The past year has been a time of increased anxiety and worry for many, with the COVID-19 pandemic having a profound impact on people’s ability to access the support they need.

We're so delighted to announce that we have joined the CaptainTom100 Challenge.

Captain Tom Moore captivated the country in 2020 when he raised over £32 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps around his garden at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire before his 100th birthday.

Find support with our pilot counselling service - in association with LAPIS.

We have partnered up with London Accessible Psychotherapy & Inclusive Supervision (LAPIS) to introduce a pilot study, providing counselling to people with Cerebral Palsy and discovering if there is a need for this kind of support within our community.

Throughout the month we're encouraging people to get moving and do ‘Twenty Miles This March’ to help the us raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy and raise important funds to keep providing much-needed support to our community! 

This March, we're celebrating Cerebral Palsy awareness month and bringing our community together, virtually, for a month of learning and sharing.

Throughout the month, we'll be discussing Cerebral Palsy and your individual experiences through our conversation hashtag - #letstalkcerebralpalsy, opening the floor to our community to share their own stories and end the stigma and misinformation.

Smiling young man in wheel chair

Many of us are finding it hard to maintain our mental health wellbeing during the lockdown. Here are few tips to help yourself cope with this pandemic situation.

Focus on your body:

As always the safety of our clients is our top priority.  We wanted to give you an update on our services following the government’s latest announcement of a second lockdown. Taking into account the feedback from our clients and we have been working hard to make sure that we can continue to provide the support and services that our clients require.  

You may have read on our monthly newsletter that we have teamed up with a group of volunteer researchers to help us get a better understanding of the services that our supporters need. We are keen to evaluate the Bobath services that we provide to our supporters, both current services and new. Our hope is that by looking at what services our supporters need, we will be able to bridge any gaps and ensure that our supporters have a voice!

The survey is now open and we’re eager to hear from you as soon as possible as we plan to present our findings by November 9th.

It was wonderful to have reopened our centre for hands-on therapy and our therapists are delighted to be treating in-person again. Thank you and welcome back to everyone who has visited our centre and followed our new safety guidelines.

During lockdown we were delighted to be able to offer virtual sessions to those in need of therapy at the heavily subsidised rate. These virtual sessions were specifically for those who needed sustained support throughout the lockdown period and supplemented rather than replaced in-person therapy.

COVID-19 has had a big impact on the services that we have been able to provide to children with cerebral palsy and their families.

Young children and babies newly diagnosed with cerebral palsy have missed vital early intervention therapy during lockdown. Delays to treatment will have a big impact on gross motor development, play, communication, feeding and sleep.

During the Covid lockdown, our waiting lists have expanded. We now have over 32 children and 20 babies and their families desperate for help.

Our charity has had its fair share of challenges over the past few years. Tough decisions were taken and the charity went through a difficult time of redundancies, relocation and restructuring to become a leaner and more responsive charity.

Just as our charity seemed to have begun emerging with a stronger strategy and improved operations, our recovery has been hampered by the pandemic.

We are excited to be re-opening our doors to you soon!

We are offering appointments first to those whose treatment was interrupted by the pandemic and subsequent closure of the Centre. Once we have restarted treatment, we will be offering you an appointment as soon as we can.

Your safety is our number one priority which is why we have put new safety procedures and training in place in line with the latest government advice.

Please watch our safety video to see what you can expect when you visit.

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Peter Cooke, former Chairman of The Bobath Centre.

Peter worked tirelessly to support The Bobath Centre through a very difficult time. His work helped our charity move forward, which has enabled us to be in a better shape than before to meet the challenges we face.

This is such sad news and from the entire team at The Bobath Centre, we offer our deepest condolences to Peter’s family at this difficult time.

We were very sad that our Bobath Centre had to close for treatment due to the current Coronavirus outbreak. However, we are trying our best to continue to support you and others with cerebral palsy at this time.  Many of our clients have told us how important their Bobath therapy is for them. So we want to keep in touch with you and continue to help where we can.

Some Good News

We are very pleased to let you know that we will be able to provide you with virtual therapy sessions via Zoom video.

In the course of these 45-minute video sessions you can:

In response to the recent changes in the occurrence of covid-19 (Omicron variant) and government guidelines, the Bobath Centre is asking anyone attending the centre for treatment to do the following:

In line with all UK healthcare providers, the Bobath Centre is taking measures to ensure the safety of all its visitors and staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

We would be grateful if you would postpone your visit the Centre if you or your child has flu symptoms or if you have travelled to the following areas:

We are thrilled to be launching Weekly Welcomes, a free, one-to-one therapy advice and information session for parents/carers with children with Cerebral Palsy  and other neurological conditions. To find out more and to book your individual session please click here.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our busy, friendly team at our new state-of-the-art facility in Watford for children and adults with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions. We are recruiting a sessional, self-employed position and need someone who is committed to making a real difference in people’s lives. Apply here 

Participants will gain a comprehensive insight into the Bobath approach and advance their clinical assessment and treatment skills with children with cerebral palsy through interactive sessions held over eight weeks that will deepen knowledge of neuroscience,

As part of the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) we’re launching a powerful new campaign – Give It Back. 

London Marathon runner - Tracy

We are absolutely delighted with our wonderful 7-strong London Marathon Team who have raised a whopping £18,000. Yay! 

Dr Elsbeth Köng - 21st April 1921 to 8th April 2019

Dr Elsbeth Köng, an early advocate of the Bobath Concept and a pioneer of early intervention died on April 8th at the age of 98 years. 

If you or someone you know has had a healthy baby in the last 12 months, we would like to invite you to our treatment centre

Ruby with mum and therapists

We are extremely pleased to announce that we are now officially in our new home in Watford.

Wheeling East - Book by Jamie Tinklepaugh

Huge congratulations to Jamie Tinklepaugh on his inspirational book launch 'Wheeling East: London to Hong Kong by wheelchair and train'.

Thumbs up from Sadie

Wow, we cannot believe we have now left East Finchley, but a new exciting chapter lies ahead. 

Help support a child or adult with a disability access vital therapy this winter with a gift of just £25.

Season's Greetings & Happy New Year

Wishing everyone an enjoyable festive period and Happy New Year!

Stephen Latner - Chair of Trustees

This month, we said goodbye to Stephen Latner, our Chairman, who retired after the completion of the sale of our East Finchley site.

First floor level of new home

We're very excited to announce that works have started on our new home in Watford and here is the first photographic evidence. 

The sun was out and carousel spinning along Brighton's waterfront on the 6th September, when over 150 delegates along with staff and two trustees, descended upon The Jury's Inn Hotel

Sama in the garden

My name is Sama and I’m 12 years old. I was born with a physical disability, which caused people to treat me differently and underestimate my ability.

JMW Solicitors take on the Three Peaks

JMW Solicitors raised a fantastic £1,500 for Bobath by taking on the challenge of climbing the Yorkshire Three Peaks in under 12 hours.

World Cerebral Palsy Day - 6th October logo

World Cerebral Palsy Day is a movement of people with cerebral palsy and their families, and the organisations that support them, in more than 65 countries.

Secret Life of Us - Disabled Children's Partnership

The Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) – a coalition of 60 charities, including The Bobath Centre – has published economic research showing a £1.5 billion funding gap for services needed by disabled children.

EBTA Congress 2018 - Brighton pier image

REGISTER TODAY! 6th to 8th September 2018 - Cerebral Palsy...through different AGES and STAGES

It's been a busy month for training!

Professor Virginia Wright flew over from the Holland Bloorview Research Institute in Toronto, Canada

London Marathon runner

Massive thanks go to our brilliant 11-strong London Marathon team on Sunday 22nd April, who collectively raised a whopping £25k for the centre. 

James Acaster on stage

TV comedian, James Acaster helped us raise £4,650 in support of our early therapy scheme for children at risk of cerebral palsy.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

We will be contacting you again shortly to check the information we hold about you is correct and you are happy for us to keep this on our database.

Cheque presentation - Videx Security Ltd

We are forever grateful to Videx Security Ltd for their continued support to us year on year raising funds from their annual golf days. 

Cheque presentation by Harrow Temple in Unity Lodge

After meeting Independent Business Consultant, Nigel Codron through the local N2United Business Network, we were very lucky to receive a visit from him along with a cheque donation for £1,040 towards our Early Intervention Scheme.

Family and Therapist in treatment

Thank you for your support over the last year - we couldn't do what we do without the help of our supporters, and together, we can give children and families living with cerebral palsy the best life possible.

A letter from Mayella - Winter Appeal 2017

 A super special place called the Bobath Centre”

Field Fisher - Bobath Bikers

Huge congratulations and thanks to Jane Weakley of Field Fisher law firm for rounding up a fantastic cycling team for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 challenge in July. 

Pound for Pound Donations

Now that more and more shiny new pound coins are in use, we are fast approaching the deadline of October 15th to rid ourselves of the old pound coins before they are removed from circulation.

Bobath Centre building (external)

As you may be aware, the children’s centre has been marketing the property with a view to both charities relocating (Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy and Bobath Centre for Adults with Neurological Disability). 

We are a proud member of the Disabled Children’s Partnership – a growing coalition of more than 45 organisations – campaigning for improved health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families in England.

Virginia Knox, Consultant Physiotherapist and Bobath Tutor, presented a poster about some of her research following a recent Masters’ degree at the European Academy of Childhood Disability Conference in Amsterdam.

Niki Michael, mother of 3 children, the eldest a 12 year old daughter has a diagnosis of dystonic quadriplegic CP. Niki has 15 years experience as a professional fundraiser, working at both a national and a local level for children and young people's disability organisations.

Bobath Occupational Therapist, Athena Logothetis has been working with The National Institute of Health Care Excellence (NICE) to produce their first guideline on the assessment and management of cerebral palsy in under 25s.

The Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy is looking for a new home following a strategic review by trustees.

An honest and personal account of the highs and lows of bringing up Sam who was born with cerebral palsy.  

Come and help keep our green spaces in tip-top condition.

Help us improve our therapy services with this short survey