Left to right: Fraser Cash, Rachel Holland, Kriszti Turner, Norah Szentirmai, George Clark, Lucy Clark, Joel Sweeney

As part of the events in Conductive Education (CE) Awareness Week (12 – 19 March) Rainbow House, Mawdesley and Stick ‘n’ Step, based in Wallesey on the Wirral will be taking part in a job swap with a difference.

Two conductive education specialists from each organisation visited the the other organisation on Tuesday 15 March to share best practice and learn from each other.

Whilst at the centres, the conductors will host a tea party for the children and staff to celebrate the occasion. Stick ‘n’ Step will be taking cake and sage tea, which is used as a muscle calming treatment, whilst Rainbow House could not go to the Wirral without taking some Chorley cakes as part of the treats for the children in Wallasey.

CE Awareness Week aims to increase understanding of conductive education, and its benefits to children and adults with neurological conditions that affect muscle control, ability and learning, due to previous trauma or illness.

The aim of the job switch is for the two centres to understand how they differ when delivering CE and will allow the conductors to share best practice, learn new approaches and discuss what the children and young adults are responding to best. The two conductors will take part in the sessions, so they can see exactly how the other centre delivers its lessons.

Rachel Holland, Brooke Emmington, Joanne Ashcroft

Left to right: Rachel Holland, Brooke Emmington, Joanne Ashcroft

Julia McDonald and Lucy Bretherton from Rainbow House will be visiting the Wallasey centre and said “We are looking forward to seeing how our colleagues at Stick ‘n’ Step conduct their sessions. Every CE centre develops their programmes to meet the needs of each individual. It will be fantastic to share ideas and learn new things and to meet colleagues from another centre.

The celebration of CE Awareness Week continued on Wednesday 16 March, when the children at Rainbow House and other CE centres across the UK will be taking part in a dance to Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt.

Rainbow House conductive education offers rehabilitation, education and fun for children, young people and adults with neurological conditions such a cerebral palsy, brain injury, stroke, MS and genetic conditions. Like Stick ‘n’ Step, Rainbow House receives no statutory funding and relies completely on fundraising to cover its annual running cost of £500k.