On Sunday 6 October 2019, 75 countries will join together to recognise World Cerebral Palsy Day. Find out what Bobath Scotland is doing to support the day, and how you can contribute and participate.
Coordinated by the World CP Initiative, World CP Day aims to ensure that children and adults with CP have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in society.
As a World CP Day partner, Bobath Scotland agrees with the World CP Initiative that, even though it is the most common physical disability in childhood, cerebral palsy does not get the attention it deserves. World CP Day is our opportunity to raise cerebral palsy to the forefront in 2019.
Bobath Scotland are supporting the day through a number of initiatives:
Cerebral Palsy Scotland Conference, 3 October
To celebrate World CP Day, Bobath Scotland is hosting the Cerebral Palsy Scotland Conference and Exhibition on Thursday 3 October at Hampden Park, Glasgow
Now is the time to sign up for this free-to-attend event if you haven’t already done so! For all the details, and to register, visit the conference website.
Supported by Digby Brown, the Cerebral Palsy Scotland conference is for all those with experience of CP. We have a great line up of speakers and sessions this year, including:
- Almost 50 exhibitors showcasing equipment and services for the CP community
- Practical sessions: Baby Bobath play session; Boccia taster session; disability-led dance and movement workshop.
- Joy Nisbet, “Mental health, wellbeing and cerebral palsy”
- Sonali Shah, “Exploring access to healthcare for girls and women with CP”
- David Reilly, “CP and the importance of remaining active”
- Ria Cuppers, “Reflection on walking aids in children with CP”
- Robert Softley Gale and Jack Hunter – panel session on representation of CP in media and the arts
#GoGreen4CP, 6 October
As part of World Cerebral Palsy Day 2019, people with CP, their friends and families, together with CP organisations are mobilising to light their towns green on Sunday 6 October and shine a light on children and adults living with CP.
We are excited that 10 buildings in Scotland are already going green for CP:
- The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
- Maryhill Burgh Halls, Glasgow
- St Andrews House, Scottish Government
- Victoria Quay, Scottish Government
- Prestonfield House, Edinburgh
- The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh
- Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
- Paisley Arts Centre
- Mareel Cinema, Shetland
- Ness Bridge, Inverness
Get involved in #GoGreen4CP
If you live near one of Scotland’s #GoGreen4CP landmarks, swing by on 6 October and take a selfie to share on social media. Remember to tag @BobathScotland and use the hashtag #GoGreen4CP.
You can also approach your local landmark with a request to #GoGreen4CP on 6 October. A Go Green4 CP is available to help with the request.
If you’re successful, contact local media and send them a request to promote GoGreen4CP and World CP Day. Share your personal story and remember to acknowledge the landmark owners.
Further information is available on the #GoGreen4CP World CP Day webpage.
Fundraise for Bobath Scotland on World CP Day
World CP Day is a great opportunity to raise funds for Bobath Scotland, as well as raising awareness of cerebral palsy at the same time.
World CP Day takes place on Sunday 6 October, but you can host a fundraiser any day in October to mark the event.
Raise for Bobath by holding a green-themed fundraising and education event during October:
- Get on social media and ask friends and family to donate to Bobath Scotland on World CP Day. Share your story and tell them why Bobath Scotland matters to you. You can start a Facebook Fundraiser to help you do this. If you’re not sure how to set up a FaceBook Fundraiser, just get in touch.
- Ask your local school to have a green dress-down day with an option to donate £1 per pupil to Bobath Scotland, or ask a person with CP to speak to your class. World CP Day have put together a set of great ideas for schools to help you.
- Host a green-themed fundraiser at your office, or with pals – what about a green coffee morning or afternoon tea, or a sponsored dress-down day or walk?
We are here to help you! For further support, please contact Bobath’s Community Fundraiser Madeline.Pleming@bobath.scot