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Rainbow Centre celebrates New Year by announcing its 25th year Anniversary

Posted: January 5, 2015 Time: 9:37 am Written by: Kelle Russell

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The New Year marks a strong start for The Rainbow Centre in Fareham, as it begins celebrations and activities, which will continue throughout the year to commemorate its 25 year anniversary.


The centre, which has a long-standing legacy of helping children and adults to gain greater independence and mobility, despite many being advised that this would not be possible, is pleased to continue to offer this support through a unique form of learning called Conductive Education.   Conductive Education has successfully helped children and adults with cerebral palsy, as well as adults with MS, Parkinson’s and those recovering from stroke and head injury.

In March of last year, the centre found itself at crisis point and launched an appeal to ensure that its vital service, which spans from Surrey to the Isle of Wight and Poole across to Chichester, would continue to help vulnerable children and adults.  Thanks to the generosity of the public and business community, the centre raised a final total of £200,000 and also increased its attendee numbers.

Centre Director, Lara Bull comments: “The success of our appeal was incredible and it has meant that we are entering our anniversary year in a far stronger position financially than we have seen for quite some time.”

“The demand for our service is continuing to grow and through raised awareness, fundraising support, the recent introduction of the SEND Local Offer, and our link with Action Cerebral Palsy, we believe that with time, the centre could expand its service to the wider community via an outreach programme for both children and adults.  “We are also researching whether a holiday club during school holidays would be useful to parents, as there appears to be a shortage of this type of support for disabled children in the region.”

Since starting 25 years ago in Helen Somerset How’s sitting room, The Rainbow Centre, has gone on to help 305 children and 80 adults.  Many of those children will have attended up to four or five times a week and might have had sessions at the centre for many years, working their way from our parent and child group, through to our Saturday Club that caters for older children. For many families, The Rainbow Centre and its staff have become an extension of their family, providing essential guidance and support, as well as life-changing learning through its Conductive Education sessions.

Lara concludes: “We have so many wonderful plans lined up for this year – from our Burns Night Supper on 30th January  to “25” challenges such as coffee mornings, sponsored slims and sky dives to a centre open day and end of year ball; we are determined to make this a truly memorable 25 year anniversary – for people to get involved they can contact our Fundraising team  on 01329 289500 or email

“We are so grateful for all the support we have received to date and hope that many more people will be inspired to help us celebrate this year and raise vital funds, whilst having fun along the way.”

“We are delighted that our numbers of adult and children attendees has grown since the appeal, but would stress that we do still have capacity to take more attendees from as young as 6 months to 70+, so if you are struggling with one of the disabilities we support or know someone who has just been diagnosed, please put them in contact with the centre for an initial conversation on how we might be able to support them.”

We are currently conducting a survey to see if a holiday club would be useful to parents and if any are interested in taking part please contact Haanagh Smith on

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