History of the Rainbow Centre – The Beginnings

In 1983, Helen Somerset How gave birth to twins, 12 weeks premature. By seven months, Kate was beginning to reach and explore whilst Tom was unable to do so. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy but luckily when he was 3 years old, a health visitor told Helen & her husband John about Conductive Education.

When Tom was 4, Helen & John took him to the Peto Institute in Budapest where conductive education was pioneered, he attended the Peto institute for 18 months over a period of 2 years with his parents taking it in turns to stay in Hungary with him.

When the Iron Curtain came down in 1989, Hungarians were allowed to hold passports and travel, many saw this as the opportunity to start new lives in the West. In 1990 Helen & John and Peter & Julia Mann brought three Hungarian conductors to the UK and the Rainbow Centre, in it’s early form, was born.

At first, sessions were held in private homes but quickly moved to the gym of Furzebrook School in May 1990. The group started to fundraise and the charity was registered. The Rainbow Centre soon outgrew the gym and in January 1991, moved to a building in Quay Street, Fareham leased from Fareham Borough Council.

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