Celebrating 20 years of Targeted Training

On Sunday 17th September, staff and supporters of The Movement Centre were joined by some of the families who have attended the centre, supporters and friends to celebrate 20 years of our specialist therapy, Targeted Training. We were kindly offered the use of Brynkinalt Hall in Chirk, for a celebration event. Also at the event was Tom James MBE, British rower and twice Olympic Gold Champion and patron of The Movement Centre. The day enabled everyone to mark the occasion with a special afternoon tea and entertainment!

We were delighted to get together with so many people to celebrate and we were very lucky to have the event in such a beautiful venue. We are very grateful indeed to Kate, Iain and family at Brynkinalt Hall for their hospitality.

We have so many wonderful friends and supporters, who give up their time to help volunteer and raise funds to enable us to continue our work. We can’t thank them enough and we are very excited for the next 20 years!

Charity Golf Day

The Movement Centre had their inaugural charity golf day sponsored by Club Choice Ireland.

Larry (left, from Club Choice) meeting Curtis from TMC

Hosted by Henlle Park Golf Club,our golf day had a first prize of a golfing holiday donated by the sponsors. We were very lucky to have the support of Larry, who works for Club Choice, and he made the trip over here to meet the golfers.

We ordered some good weather for the golf day and considering it was October, the rain stayed away and for the most part was sunny.

We had multiple prizes on offer including longest drive for men and women, and closest to pin men and women. Below is a list of winners

Longest drive men- Ron Pugh, longest drive ladies- Pam Tattersal, closest to pin men- Sam Allen, closest to pin ladies- Viv Davies.

3rd place – Gerallt Davies and Rob Jones

Winners of competition- Sam Allen and Joshua Davies, pictured with Curtis Langley (from TMC) 

2nd place- Bill Mackenzie and Steve Shum

1st place- Sam Allen and Joshua Davies


To see all pictures please visit our Facebook page


Join us for an interactive workshop on the EHC Plans

We will be hosting an interactive workshop on 8th November at The Movement Centre for families who would like to learn more about the EHC (Education, health and care) Plans.

The event is very kindly supported by Lanyon Bowdler & No5 Barristers’ Chambers. It takes place from 10.30am – 2.30pm (registration at 10am) and is FREE to attend. A light lunch is also included. Full details can be found here: The Movement Centre EHC Plans.

You do not have to be a family who attend The Movement Centre for therapy – it is open to all!

Please contact Polly Roberts on 01691 404248 or pollyroberts@the-movement-centre.co.uk by Friday 27th October if you would like to book a place at the event.


Physio Presents to Thousands

Earlier in the year Sarah visited Texas and we wanted to share her story.

The Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) is an annual conference for all American Physiotherapists. The 2017 CSM was held in San Antonio, Texas on 15-18th February and brought together more than 14,000 professionals from around the nation. There were many presentations throughout the four days by all 18 of American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA’s) specialty sections.

Sarah, one of our Physiotherapists was asked to present at the conference in February. Sarah said “I was fortunate enough to be invited to present alongside two of my American Colleagues Sandy Saavedra PT MS PhD, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Hartford. Plus, Danielle Bellows PT MHS PCS, Paediatric Clinical Specialist at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford.

All three talked the audience through their presentation.

Sarah continued “We gave a presentation on “Targeted Training for head control.” Over 800 professionals attended our presentation which made me a little nervous to say the least. However, feedback after the event was very positive.”

Sarah, whilst in Texas, also had a chance to visit the Exhibit Hall which featured more than 300 companies showcasing the latest and greatest in products and services available to physiotherapy professionals. She also had the opportunity to view posters and to learn about the products, services, and technologies. Sarah stated “It was a great way to enhance my practice”.

It is great that The Movement Centre have these opportunities to spread awareness, so we can help more children.

Cash For Your Community

Shropshire Star Cash for your community

The top three organisations in the Cash For Your Community Campaign: The Movement Centre, Wellington Cottage Care and Willey Cricket Club.

Vicky, Curtis and Sarah from The Movement Centre attended a awards event on the 6th June for the Shropshire Star’s Cash For Your Community 2017 Campaign. We were delighted to find out that, thanks to our supporters, we came first and received a donation for £5000!

Cash For Four Community, now in its third year, was started when sponsors Enterprise Flex-E-Rent partnered with the Shropshire Star to share out £20,000 among local charities and community groups. We were chosen to be in the top 50 out of 132 organisations that entered. Readers of the Shropshire Star could then vote for their chosen charity or community group by collecting tokens that are printed in the newspaper each week and sending them in with a nomination form.

A huge thank you to everyone who supported us with the campaign and to Enterprise Flex-E-Rent and the Shropshire Star!

Learning Makaton at The Movement Centre

Our clinical team were very excited to take part in two days of Makaton Training. Held at The Movement Centre, a number of delegates joined us on the day.

Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. This can help to provide clues about what someone is saying. Signs can help people who have no speech or whose speech is unclear. Symbols can help people who have limited speech and those who cannot, or prefer not to sign.

Using Makaton in our sessions

We look forward to using Makaton at The Movement Centre. It will be great to be able to communicate with children in the sessions using signs and symbols. You can find out more about how you could learn Makaton on the Makaton Charity website. 

Why not watch Sarah and Curtis from The Movement Centre showing off their Makaton skills in this video?

Hit the ground running!

The Movement Centre is very lucky to have some keen runners who are raising funds for us. 

One brave man is Darren Hall. He took on the tough challenge of completing the London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April 2017. Darren, who works for Storage King, found himself one of the lucky runners to get a place in the London Marathon this year. He then decided he wanted to raise funds along the way. He finished the marathon in a time of 5 hours 12 minutes and raised over £500, a fantastic amount.

Oswestry Half Marathon

Another event that we have been delighted to be involved in is the inaugural Oswestry Half Marathon held on Sunday 30th April 2017. We had discounted charity places offered to us by UK RunChat. They were filled by some great local people.

Emily, Jo and Leanne ,from NatWest Bank, are going to take on this challenge. They wanted to support a local charity. They have been fundraising and held cake sales, spinathons, and through a JustGiving page. Also running the Oswestry Half Marathon are 3 Movement Centre staff Polly, Sarah and Curtis.

If you are in the local area come along and cheer all of our runners through the gruelling 13.1 miles.

Awards Party Celebrations

The Movement Centre’s annual Awards Party took place on Tuesday 11th April. It was a fantastic day with lots to celebrate! Every child who completed a course of therapy in the last 12 months was given a certificate. It was wonderful to see so many of the families there on the day to collect the awards.

After collecting their certificates at the Awards Party, the children and their families had lots of time to let their hair down! The Venue at Park Hall kindly gave up the soft play area for everyone to enjoy. This was followed by entertainment including; facepainting, a magician, teddy-bear hoopla, selfie table with props and a visit from mascots Bella and Spot the Dog!

The Lady Trevor Award

On the day we celebrated the achievements of all of the children who have worked so hard over the last 12 months. There was also an award was presented for outstanding contribution to The Movement Centre. This year The Lady Trevor Award  was awarded to the Porter Family. Jeremy and Bethan’s son Jac has attended The Movement Centre since early 2016. Since then the family have held a number of events and activities to raise awareness of The Movement Centre and have fundraised an incredible £25000.

We would like to thank everyone who came along and help to support the day.  It was fantastic to see so many happy faces together in one room!

To see photos from the day you can take a look at our Facebook album!