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Project information

Times for Teens

Transition to high school or to adulthood can be challenging for any young person. For those with cerebral palsy it can be overwhelming. We will support 4 young people to gain as much independence and self-esteem as possible in order to transition more smoothly to the next stage in their lives.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Bobath Children's Therapy Centre Wales

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  • Need


    A lack of resource means that young people who have cerebral palsy are often left to struggle on their own without help or therapeutic input at a vital stage of their lives. In response to a recent survey, one of our teens said: ‘I am already having very little help and will have none as an adult. This will have a detrimental effect on my independence.’ Increasing their independence will help these young people to fulfil their potential and participate more in everyday life.


    With this funding, we will be able to give young people ‘time’ - to explore what they currently find challenging, to listen to their personal aspirations and to work together to meet their challenges. They may want to be able to make a cup of tea without spilling it, do up the buttons on their school shirt or use a key in their front door. As specialists in cerebral palsy we have the knowledge and expertise to help the young people achieve their goals.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Make positive changes in each young person’s functional ability


    » Individually tailored specialist therapy session for each young person working on the physical challenges they are facing

    What success will look like

    We will set GAS (Goal Attainment Scaling) goals collaboratively with the young person and family. We will also measure success collaboratively via these goals and feedback.

    Aim 2

    Increase each young person’s independence for the future


    » Individually tailored specialist therapy session for each young person working on their chosen activities of daily living i.e. buttoning up a shirt

    What success will look like

    We will also use the GAS (Goal Attainment Scaling) goals and the feedback from the young person and family. We will seek feedback at 3 and 6 months after the project.

    Aim 3

    Increase each young person’s confidence and self esteem


    » Enable achievement and success though the therapy session and providing support for the future via the home programme

    What success will look like

    Our feedback forms will ask the young people and their families to comment and evaluate their feelings in regard to confidence and self-esteem following the therapy sessions.

  • Impact


    We will give each young person who attends the project a home programme of activities to work on so that they can continue to make progress beyond the life of the project. We will then ask for further feedback on their progress at 3 months and 6 months after the project to see what the longer term impact has been. The project will also have an impact on the community that the young people are in as they will be able to participate and contribute more to it.


    There is a risk that one or more of the young people attending the project would be unable to do so last minute due to illness; however we are used to dealing with this situation. We would either seek to reschedule asap, or if the young person is unwell long term, we would extend the invitation to one of the many other young people on our waiting list.


    With permission from our project participants and their parents we would email our donors case studies and testimonials of how the ‘Time for Teens’ project has made a lasting impact. We have an annual supporter thank you event at the Centre which we would invite our donors to at Christmas 2019.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,200 Therapists Consultant physiotherapist
      £800 Therapists Senior therapist i.e. physiotherapist, occupational therapist or speech and language therapist
      £220 Therapy Assistant Support administratively and in terms of setting up the session, equipment etc
      £200 Family Support Officer To provide emotional support to the young person & their family
      £1,380 Overheads Share of overall running costs relevant to the programme
      £200 Materials Bespoke to the young person and their needs
  • Background


    Bobath Wales was founded in June 1992 by a group of parents and has been located in Whitchurch, North Cardiff ever since. We deliver the majority of our therapy from the Centre but our therapists also travel across Wales to deliver outreach clinics – this is often the case when children are too unwell to travel or for practical and/or financial reasons it is too difficult for the family to come to us. In 1992 we helped ca. 45 children; last year we supported 489.


    4 young people aged 11-18 years who have cerebral palsy and who are at a critical stage in their life. Cerebral palsy is the most common disability in children and affects an estimated 1,800 children in Wales. It is a permanent disorder of posture and movement resulting from brain damage occurring in a baby or young child. It can affect movement, sensation, perception, cognition, communication and eating and drinking. In some children and young people all of these functions are affected.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 26 years of experience and knowledge of treating children with cerebral palsy across their life span. In that time we have built a national and international reputation for the quality and excellence of therapy and support that we provide to children and young people who have cerebral palsy and their families.

    We are the largest of the three Bobath Centres in the UK.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bobath Therapists - Individuals Tbc Depending On The Young Person And Their Needs

    Experts in their field and individual disciplines, our therapists are the key to the success of every therapy session

    Glenys Evans, Family Support Officer

    Glenys is one of the Founding Parents of our charity. She provides invaluable emotional and practical support to our patients and their families.

    Jennifer Carroll, Centre Director And Consultant Physiotherapist

    Jenny has led Bobath Wales team for over 20 years. She is an internationally renowned Bobath practitioner. Jenny will lead on this project.