Our Family Support Service
How we help families
We want to make sure that as a family you feel supported and empowered to help your child in the best way possible. When you come to the centre with your child you will be offered an appointment to meet with our Family Support Coordinator, Glenys Evans. Glenys will get to know you and your child and find out what sort of support you may need. Some of the issues you may want to talk about include:
- What cerebral palsy is
- How cerebral palsy can affect your child
- Emotional issues such as coping with your child’s disability, stress and your relationship
- Your child’s sleep and yours
- Your child’s behaviour
- Transitioning to the nursery, primary school, high school or independent living
- Practical issues such as home and vehicle adaptions, equipment and respite
- Financial issues such as benefit entitlements, money advice, and Wills
First point of contact
If you have concerns about your baby or young child, Glenys is our first point of contact for you. You may have experienced a traumatic birth or your child may have recently been given a diagnosis of cerebral palsy and you are unsure what this means. She is also there if you have an older child and just want to discuss your concerns with another parent who has experienced bringing up a child with cerebral palsy.
Glenys is a founder parent of Cerebral Palsy Cymru (formerly Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales and Bobath Cymru) and has been involved with the charity since 1989. She has undertaken numerous roles including secretary to the steering committee, trustee, and volunteer. She eventually joined the staff team in 1998 and has been helping our families ever since. Glenys’ son Thomas (now an adult in his 30’s) has cerebral palsy which means she has a wealth of knowledge and understanding to share with families who attend our centre. Glenys completed a general counselling course in 2004 and is first aid trained.
Natasha is one of the many parents who have received help and support from our Family Support Service that we offer at Cerebral Palsy Cymru. In this video, Natasha shares with us her experience of the service, and how she has benefited from the help that Glenys, our Family Support Coordinator, provides through her family support sessions, coffee mornings, and phone calls and emails.
Better Start, Better Future Play Group
Our monthly playgroup is a great opportunity to meet other families, chat with our Family Support Coordinator, and have fun with your child during a play session with our therapists.
The playgroup is open to children under 2 years old who have accessed our early intervention service Better start, Better future.
If you would like to find out more about Better Start Together playgroup or to book a space in a session for you and your child, please email or phone:
029 2052 2600
Please note that numbers in the session are limited to ensure that you and your baby have the best experience possible. To attend one of our sessions, please make sure that you book in advance.
How we have helped in Wales
Family support appointments took place in 2021-2022
Children from across Wales have been treated during 2021-2022
The number of sessions of specialist therapy we delivered in 2021-2022
After our first therapy session, I left Cerebral Palsy Cymru’s children’s centre with something nobody had previously dared give me for my little boy. I left with hope.
- Leah, Noah's mum
We left that initial therapy session on an absolute high and haven’t looked back since!
- Alison, Ben's mum
Hi, my name is Charlotte and I have just turned 15. I have recently taken part in Cerebral Palsy Cymru's 'Independent Living Skills Programme' and I would love to share my experience of the project with you.
- Independent Living Skills 2021
From that day we feel we have been part of the Cerebral Palsy Cymru family, and we have not looked back.
- Family story
Therapy and support for children and their families
Cerebral Palsy Cymru is a registered charity in England and Wales 1010183. A company limited by guarantee. Registered company in England and Wales 02691690. Registered address: Cerebral Palsy Cymru, 1 The Courtyard, 73 Ty Glas Avenue, Llanishen, Cardiff, CF14 5DX.