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Families to benefit from new Pathway Project launched at The Rainbow Centre

Posted: August 1, 2014 Time: 1:47 pm Written by: Kelle Russell

Moore Blatch



Families of children with Cerebral Palsy will now be able to benefit from a new initiative at The Rainbow Centre called the Pathway Project, which is jointly-funded by Moore Blatch and Frenkel Topping.

The idea for the project was conceived by Philip Lea of Moore Blatch as a result of his experience as a parent that needed help and support after his own child was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

Working with fellow colleague Paula Barnes of Moore Blatch and Paul Scrutton of Frenkel Topping – they developed the concept of recruiting a Family Support Worker so that parents of children using The Rainbow Centre would have a dedicated resource to support their wider needs, including access to funding and services outside of the centre, which can be extremely beneficial to families.

Moore Blatch senior solicitor, Philip Lea comments: “From my own experience, I know that when a child is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, it can be an incredibly frightening and daunting time for parents, with many left isolated and wondering what to do next.”

“As a firm we are already huge supporters of the Rainbow Centre and frequently come into contact with families that have a range of needs following their child’s diagnosis. In our experience many will struggle to access the support they require due to a lack of time/knowledge, as well as an incredible amount of bureaucracy, which can often mean that the care they receive externally in the wider community is fragmented or inadequate.

“This new role will alleviate parents of the need to do this hard work at an already difficult time; a fully qualified support worker will work directly with parents to identify reliable, relevant and safe support services, as well as suitable funding streams to help put this support in place,” added Paula Barnes, Moore Blatch partner.

Through the Enham Trust charity, a specialist Family Support Worker has now been recruited to help and support parents at the Rainbow Centre. Enham Trust has a long history of experience providing information, advice and guidance for families with disabled children.

enham croppedCentre Director at The Rainbow Centre, Lara Bull said: “We are extremely grateful to Moore Blatch and Frenkel Topping for their financial support, as without this help we would have been unable to employ someone for this key role. We believe that the project will make a huge impact on many families’ lives and hope to be able to extend the service, so that it can also help many of our adult service users who require similar support.”

Frenkel Topping Managing Director, Richard Fraser added: “All of our clients find themselves in life-changing situations – such as being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy – which has a profound impact on them and their families. They frequently turn to charities such as the Rainbow Centre for support, guidance and information but through a lack of funding, charities can only help so many people.

“We’re very proud to support the Pathway Project dedicated family support resource and allow the Rainbow Centre to provide immediate benefits and unprecedented support forfamilies across the region.”

In 1990 two families created The Rainbow Centre to enable children with Cerebral Palsy the opportunity to benefit from a special system of learning that would improve their mobility to allow them to live more independently, build their self-esteem, and teach them daily living whilst improving their social and communication skills.

By 2007 the centre was able to extend its services to adults affected by Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, as well as those who may have experienced a stroke or head injury, in order to help them maintain and regain independence.


Sharon Manzur                  Regional Independent Living Co-ordinator Enham Trust

Yvonne Winstanley         Rainbow Pathway Funding Expert

Philip Lea                             Solicitor for Moore Blatch and previous Rainbow Centre parent

Lara Bull                               Centre Director, The Rainbow Centre