Footsteps Foundation

Footsteps in 2010

To allow disabled children to benefit from an intensive physiotherapy programme at Footsteps in 2010. The project will support disabled children's families who are on low incomes and would otherwise be unable to afford the private physiotherapy their children need to progress.

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It ran from 1:45 PM, 29 July 2013 to 1:45 PM, 29 July 2013

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1123440)

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  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

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  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

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In the UK it is known that one in forty children is severely disabled for life. Many are unable to walk or talk. The NHS is limited in the physiotherapy it is able to provide for disabled children. The Footsteps Programme has proved hugely successful in improving the mobility and independence of children and young adults with neurological disorders. Families with disabled children are one of the most impoverished groups in society. The Government estimates that 55% of disabled children grow up in, or on the margins of poverty. Footsteps Foundation seeks funding to increase the number of children who can benefit from the unique Footsteps physiotherapy programme by providing families with full or part costs of their child's treatment at the Footsteps centre. The Footsteps programme uses an intensive three week course of physiotherapy to develop basic life skills and improve a child's independence. The Footsteps Centre uses an innovative device called the Spider. Developed in Poland, the Spider enables children to carry out a full course of exercises in any chosen position, aligning their body by using a number of elastic cords attached to parts of the body. It is loved by children as it gives them, for the first time, freedom to move independently without physiotherapy contact. The programme also aims to build confidence, as well as physical development, both of which in turn often positively affect speech and cognitive capabilities, “After our first session James was able to take ten independent steps. After our second over fifty, and after the third, over seventy. Footsteps has helped him gain strength, confidence and increased his overall range of independent movement” (Footsteps parent). The aim of Footsteps in 2010 is to enable disabled children, who wouldn't otherwise have this opportunity, to benefit from an intensive physiotherapy programme at Footsteps in 2010. We aim to improve the conditions of life for these special needs children and to support their families who would otherwise be unable to afford the private physiotherapy their children need to progress. To provide a three week course of physiotherapy for a child costs £1,800. Ideally a child has four sessions of therapy a year at a total cost of £7,200. Footsteps in 2010 is aiming to raise £100,000 which will contribute to disabled childrens’ physiotherapy programmes at the Footsteps centre, providing them with life changing skills in mobility and independence.

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