Global’s Make Some Noise!

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We are so delighted to have been selected as one of this year’s beneficiaries of Global’s Make Some Noise – Small Steps is one of over 30 charities they will be supporting across the UK. Global’s Make Some Noise is the official charity of Global, the media and entertainment group. The charity unites some of the UK’s best-loved radio stations – Heart, Capital, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold – to raise money and give a voice to small projects across the UK, supporting youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity.  They also run some masterclasses covering marketing, media and digital skills to help with building sustainability.

Emma Bradley, director of Global’s Make Some Noise, said: “Global’s Make Some Noise is all about shining the spotlight on small charities across the UK. They can often get overlooked, but we’re in the fantastic position to be able to raise money and awareness about their brilliant work through Global’s much-loved brands. We’re thrilled to be able to support Small Steps and look forward to making lots of noise for them this year.”

3 peaks in 3 countries in 24 hours

Thanks so much to Sam, who took on the 3 Peaks Challenge for Small Steps. He’s climbed 3 mountains in 3 different countries in just 24 hours… raising over £600 for Small Steps.  What an achievement!

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The Small Steps May Ball

CaptureWe had a fantastic night at the Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club for the Small Steps May Ball.  The iconic film Casablanca was our inspiration this time. Guests enjoyed a Moroccan inspired menu and live music from the most famous of ‘gin joints’, “Rick’s Cafe Americain’

The evening kicked off with champagne cocktails, then a three course meal, live entertainment, raffle, gaming tables, charity auction, and guests then boogied the rest of the night away on the dance floor.   We raised over £22,000 for Small Steps which is absolutely fantastic.  Thank you to everyone who attended and donated prizes for the auction and raffle. 

 

Kew Midsummer Fete

We had a great time at this year’s Kew Midsummer Fete.   We raised some valuable funds for Small Steps, sold some delicious cakes, saw lots of Small Steps families and friends and had a lot of fun!   Thank you to everyone who baked for us and who came to help man the stall on the day.  We couldn’t do it without you!

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We’re recruiting!

We are seeking to appoint a Practitioner Team Member (paediatric physiotherapist) to join a small, well established, multi-disciplinary Team that includes paediatric physiotherapists and conductor teachers.

To work 22.5 hours per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday inclusive) Term Time only plus 3 weeks with pre-school disabled children and their parents, using the principles of Conductive Education.

This is a permanent position – subject to DBS checks and successful completion of a 3 month and 6 month probation period.
The successful candidate will be an experienced practitioner including some paediatric / SEND experience and will be an energetic, enthusiastic, holistic individual with good communication and interpersonal skills. Small Steps will provide in-house training opportunities and encourages Continuing Professional Development.

Salary: £25,000 to £30,000 pa dependent on experience (Pro-rata for 42 weeks per year and part-time hours - actual salary £13,730 to £16,477)

For further details including a job-description, person specification and application form and / or to arrange an informal visit, contact Nicola Thackeray on 020 8704 5935 or by email here

Closing date for applications: Friday 14th July 2017
Interviews: tbc – possibly w/c 17th July 2017

Small Steps is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Appropriate Safeguarding and DBS Screening applies to this post. We are an equal opportunities employer.

Over £700 raised at this year’s Richmond May Fair!

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We had a fantastic day at the Richmond May Fair on Saturday 13th May. Building on the success of previous years, we decided to host another homemade cake stall. The primary focus of the day is always to raise awareness in the local community about Small Steps, to sell lots of cakes and raise some money for the charity. Last year we raised over £660 for Small Steps and we’re delighted to say we smashed that amount by raising over £700 this year! It was a fun family-friendly day and a great opportunity for Small Steps families and friends to pop by and say hello too.

Job Vacancy

Charity Support Assistant

Closing Date for Return of Application Forms: Friday 12th May 2017

This new post will provide support to the Small Steps office team, developing and maintaining efficient administrative systems for the Charity. The successful candidate will have previous administrative experience with excellent communication skills and a friendly and efficient manner. A good knowledge of Microsoft Office is essential, along with the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

The ideal candidate will be able to show sensitivity and empathy when dealing with families who have a young disabled child.

The hours of work will be 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, with half an hour for lunch, term time plus 3 weeks (42 weeks per year) The successful candidate will also be expected to attend some evening and weekend events as required. The starting salary for this post will be £17,000

This post is also subject to an Advanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service along with usual references.

Download a job description and person specification here: Letter to applicants, job description and person spec

Download an application form here: Job application form

Please note uploading a CV is optional but does not replace completing the application form and if you choose only to submit a CV your application will not be considered.

Small Steps is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates. Small Steps is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Fay completed the Tonbridge Half Marathon for Small Steps!

A big congratulations and thank you to Fay, nanny to Small Stepper Fintan, who successfully completed the Tonbridge Half Marathon to raise funds for Small Steps on 6th October!  Fay explains why…

“As some of you may know I work as a special needs Nanny now for a wonderful family, The Bain family! The past year has been one of the best working years of my life and I owe much of this to them.

I look after their two amazing boys Cillian and Fintan. Fintan has an undiagnosed genetic condition and needs all round care. He is a very cheeky and delightful little boy and I have the honour and privilege of caring for him and being part of his wellbeing and development as he grows and develops.

Fintan and I every week attend this amazing group called Small Steps. The staff are some of the best people I have met who work within the special needs sector. They help, support and educate so many families and carers to provide children with additional special needs with the best early years start they can have. Attending small steps is one of the highlights of Fintan’s week and I am so lucky to attend with him. All what Small Steps provides is invaluable and its totally free!

So to help give just a little something back to them so they continue their fantastic work with many families and children I am attempting to do my first half marathon in Tonbridge and I will be thinking of Small Steps every step of the way to help me cross the finish line!

So please donate what you can to this fantastic charity!  With much heartfelt thanks and warmest wishes, Fay xx”

A huge thank you to Fay for her support!

Essensys ‘Tough Mudder’ Challenge for Charity

Many congratulations and thank you to the Essensys London team who took on the grueling ‘Tough Mudder’ challenge on 25 September, raising over £7,500 for Small Steps in the process! A fantastic achievement we’re sure you’ll agree.  They explain more about why they took on this challenge here…

We at Essensys are supporting Small Steps who do amazing work with disabled children. We became aware of Small Steps through Tim in finance. His daughter Alice attended their sessions a few years ago. We at Essensys were keen to do a challenge for a charity. We chose Tough Mudder as we are tough and like team work. We are training every week on Wednesdays in Regents Park for this event! The work of Small Steps is truly inspirational and we would be extremely grateful for your support for this very worthy cause.”

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Ellie, Tom, Cecily and Jess completed the Ealing Half Marathon!

Many congratulations and a massive thank you to Ellie, Tom, Cecily and Jess who ran the Ealing Half Marathon CIC yesterday in just 1 hour and 50 minutes! And to cap that they’ve raised over £1,300 for Small Steps! Well done guys!

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Woburn Triathlon for Small Steps!

A big thank you to Aveen, (family friend of Small Stepper Patrick) who ran the recent Woburn Abbey Triathlon for Small Steps raising over £760!!

250 mile ride in 3 days

Huge congratulations and thanks to Calum (Dad to Small Stepper Callia) and 30 friends and family members for succesfully completing the 250 mile Angel to Angel cycle ride and raising over £9,000 for Small Steps (£27,500 in total… and counting)! The event took place from the Angel Inn just outside Peterborough to the Angel of the North in Gateshead.   The team are still raising money on the their fundraising page for their 3 chosen charities, Small Steps, Portage and Assert. So please show your support for all the guys by making a donation if you can. Thank you! http://www.sponsorme.co.uk/calumbarker/angel-2-angel.aspx

‘Team Small Steps’ run the British London 10k

We had the most amazing morning supporting our runners at the British London 10k Road Race on 10 July!  It was a fantastic atmosphere with so many people running for so many good causes.

A HUGE thank you and congratulations to our superstar Small Steps runners; Sam, Siobhan, Fay, Linda, John, Bruce, Joanna, Suzy, Coleen, Tania and Susie and to all their families and friends, both for coming along to cheer them on today and for helping us to raise vital funds for Small Steps! A special mention to Vaara, Patrick, Amelia, Joe and Zoe who braved the weather to support their Mums and Dads!

The team have so far raised almost £9,000!  But it’s not too late to donate, you can still sponsor any of our runners online via their fundraising pages listed below.  Please show your support by donating whatever you can.  Thank you!

Siobhan: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Siobh-n-Bain

Sam: http://www.justgiving.com/Vaara

Susie and Coleen: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SusieColsBritish10K

Suzy: https://www.justgiving.com/Sosanna

Tania: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tania-Stace

Joanna: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joanna-Allen8

John and Bruce: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/theStumblers2

Steph does the Colour Run for Small Steps

Thank you to Stephanie did the 5k Colour Run on Sunday 12th June in Wembley to raise funds for Small Steps!  Steph explains more about why she chose Small Steps as her charity… 

“I have chosen to run for Small Steps, a small charity in London who help children with special needs, from birth to 5years. I have had the great pleasure of being involved and seeing the amazing work that Small Steps does to help these children. 

I am a nanny for a wonderful little boy who is a true inspiration. I have been his nanny since he was 18months old and I have seen him overcome many obsticles and prove a lot of people wrong. T has cerebral palsy and if wasn’t for places like small steps, I don’t think we would have seen T achieve so much. 

All the children at Small Steps have cerebral palsy, other forms of motor impairment, syndromes or sensory impairment. They need a great deal of extra stimulation and assistance to help them reach even the most basic milestones. At Small Steps, a teacher, conductor and physiotherapist lead both parent and child through a structured programme designed to help each child achieve individualised developmental steps. 

The work of Small Steps is truly inspirational and I would be extremely grateful for your support for this very worthy cause. Small Steps receives no statutory funding and is solely dependent on charitable grants, fundraising and donations, so no matter what the amount, every little bit will make a big difference! Please help Small Steps continue their amazing work enhancing the lives of disabled children and their families. Thank you!” 

It’s still not too late to donate what you can on Steph’s fundraising page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Stephanie-Grogan.  Thank you.

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Kew Midsummer Fete

We had a fabulous day at Kew Fete selling cakes and raising both funds and awareness of Small Steps! Thanks so much to all who baked and helped out and came to say hello. Couldn’t have done it without you!

Fantastic Fundraiser!

We had a fantastic night at the Small Steps May Ball on the 7th May and raised nearly £21,000 – WOW!!  A total of 150 guests attended the wonderful Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club. Many Small Steps families past and present were able to join us too.  We raised nearly £3,000 through the raffle – thanks to everyone who donated wonderful prizes.  The Silent Auction raised over £9,000 so a big thanks to those who donated a fantastic array of items, those of you who made early bids and helped to raise the total. The framed and signed English Rugby shirt went for a staggering £1700….the unframed Wales shirt went for an amazing £1,100!  The Live Auction raised just over £5,600 in total and £1500 was donated via pledges.  As an extra bonus after the event, £475 was raised by ‘the Highest Bidder’ where offers were made for three raffle prizes that were re-donated A fabulous time was had by all (as you can tell from the pictures)…  and a date is being finalised for next year….watch out for more details!

Richmond May Fair

We had a fantastic day at The Richmond May Fair on Saturday 10th May, with our now legendary cake stall! A massive thank you to one and all for contributing to the success of the Small Steps stall.  We raised just over £660 and had a lovely day meeting lots of friends and supporters. A special thank you to all the parents who helped bake and sell cakes on the stall.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Steve and Sam take on the Edinburgh Marathon for Small Steps

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Joseph at Small Steps

 We are so grateful to Joseph’s Dad, Steve and his friend Sam, who ran the Edinburgh Marathon on 29 May and raised over £3,300 for Small Steps!  Steve explains why;

As some of you know, our son Joseph had problems at birth. As a result of these problems it was touch and go as to whether or not he would survive, but survive he did. Joe is now nearly two years old and is a bright and generally happy little boy, but for all the laughs and smiles he has to live with the result of the problems at birth and has been diagnosed with quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. What does this mean you ask?? Well, it means that Joe does not have full use of any of his limbs, his mobility is severely restricted, his muscles are tightened to the point that they are often cramped, it means Joseph can’t sit up unsupported and at this point in time the prospect of Joe even standing up, never mind walking is a pipe dream.

What we do have though is hope and this hope is brought to us in the form of the charity Small Steps which is based in Roehampton. The charity is ran 100% on donations and receives no government funding. Joseph has been attending Small Steps for four months and whilst his progress is slow, he is making Small Steps that will hopefully lead to his own Giant Strides.

Every penny counts for this wonderful charity and Joseph is benefitting from the goodwill and generosity of donors of children that have gone before him. It would be amazing to be able to provide another family with the same hope for their child as what Jen and I get for Joseph.

If you are able to donate even a few pounds then we would be ever so grateful. Thank you all inadvance x x”

You can still make a donation on Steve’s Just Giving page or Sam’s Just Giving Page by clicking the links.  Thank you.

Elizabeth ran the London Marathon for Small Steps!

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A big thank you to Elizabeth Godfrey who ran the London Marathon and raised over £3000 for Small Steps!!

Elizabeth explains more; “I am running the London Marathon 2016 to raise awareness and funds for a charity called Small Steps. Small Steps helps children with special needs, from birth to 5 years, work on all areas of their development. My niece Lottie has Down’s Syndrome and required the assistance of Small Steps to learn how to walk. Small Steps receive no statutory funding and is solely dependent on charitable donations, so I’d be grateful for your support, please donate what you can to help Small Steps continue their work enhancing the lives of disabled children and their families. Thank you!”  Elizabeth has set up JustGiving page for so please do support her if you can.  Thank you.

We’re collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers!

Small Steps are once again collecting Active Kids vouchers, which we can exchange for lots of lovely new equipment for the children to use in our sessions.  It’s easy to collect vouchers for Active Kids 2016. Simply shop in Sainsbury’s stores and online at sainsburys.co.uk and you will earn Active Kids vouchers on your shopping.

In Sainsbury’s Locals, you will get one voucher for every £5 you spend. You’ll notice these vouchers are larger than the ones you receive in Sainsbury’s supermarkets and have a photograph on them.

In Sainsbury’s Supermarkets you’ll receive 1 voucher for every £10 you spend. So if you spend £40 you’ll get four vouchers, but what’s new is that they’ll all be printed on one piece of paper. These vouchers are white and smaller in size, with no photograph on them.

Once you’ve collected your vouchers either drop them in (we’d love to see you!) or pop them in the post.  If you’d like to see what kinds of great equipment we can order take a look at the Active Kids Catalogue.

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Credit Punch White Collar Boxing night

On 11th February 2016 a group of brave men from the financial world gathered at the Park Lane Intercontinental Hotel to compete in the white collar boxing tournament, “Credit Punch”. This was the fifth annual “Credit Punch” event, from which money raised will be generously donated to Small Steps. We are hugely grateful to Richard O’Dwyer, friend and supporter of Small Steps, who both organises the event and steps into the ring too!

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Fun filled Christmas Party!

We had a great morning at the Small Steps Children’s Christmas Party, when we were joined by Toby and Anna, musicians from the organisation ‘Live Music Now’, who played some lovely music on the flute and guitar for us.  There was also a surprise visit from Santa, who brought gifts for all the children!  It was lovely to socialise with one another and for families who didn’t already know one another, to meet and chat.   We enjoyed some festive food and drink and sang a few Christmas songs too. The morning was rounded off with a Christmas story read by Anita.

AWTE Christmas lunch raises £9000!

We were delighted and very grateful to be the nominated charity supported at this year’s Association of Women Travel Executives Christmas Lunch, which was held at the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel on the 1st of December. The AWTE Christmas lunch is a diary must do for those in the travel industry.  All funds raised in the silent and live auctions were donated to Small Steps, which totalled over £9000!  Thanks so much to AWTE for your support and to everyone who both donated prizes and bid on the charity auction.  A special thank you to Jane Stuart-Palikira, mum to Small Steps graduate Sophia, who spoke so beautifully about her experience of Small Steps.  

Team Mulsanne’s Tough Mudder!

A massive thank you to The Mulsanne Partnership who are now officially Tough Mudder legionnaires! This mad bunch were dunked in ice water, climbed over walls, crawled under barbed wire and got electrocuted, all to raise funds for Small Steps!! We’re so grateful to them for raising over £2,900 and counting! 

The Mulsanne Partnership is a proud and passionate supporter of Small Steps and the team there have done many wonderful fundraising challenges over the past few years to raise funds for us.

Thank you Mulsanne for all your support!

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Alex’s Mum runs the Ealing Half Marathon

AlexWe’re really grateful to Sarah, who along with 3 friends ran the Ealing Half Marathon on Sunday 27th September, to raise funds for Small Steps.  Sarah explains why…

“In June 2012 my son, Alex, was unexpectedly born at 24 weeks. From that moment he has shown tremendous strength and determination, firstly to survive and then as time passed in fighting constant battles and reaching milestones. His extremely premature birth has caused him to have cerebral palsy. Due to having cerebral palsy Alex is having difficulty in reaching a major milestone: learning to walk. This is where a charity called Small Steps plays a big part in our lives. They are an amazing team, who provide us with weekly classes and continually give us support and advice to help Alex. They always leave us feeling as if anything is possible. Their aim is to improve the lives of disabled children and their families. So in September, I will be running the Ealing Half Marathon, along with my good friends, Elizabeth, Emma and Yeemay, to raise awareness and funds for Small Steps. We want Small Steps to continue working their magic for other families.”

Patrick’s Mum runs the Wimbledon Park 10k

A big cheer for Patrick’s Mummy, Rós, who organised a team of friends to run the Wimbledon Park 10k on Saturday 19th September.  The guys raised over £1,150 and Rós’ employer Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have very kindly agreed to match funds raised by also donating £1000 which is amazing! Thanks so much to all the runners and Freshfields!

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Patrick at Small Steps

Small Steps 18th birthday party and surprise birthday gift!

We had a fabulous evening celebrating Small Steps 18th Birthday with so many friends, families and colleagues at the Star & Garter in Putney.  The highlight of the evening was a surprise birthday gift from Charlotte Grobien of “Give it Away” who presented Small Steps with a cheque for £75,000!!!! Words cannot express just how grateful we are and what a difference this money will make to the families we support.  Take a look at the gallery below to see some photos of the evening.

‘The Silk Roadies’ drive 7000 miles for Small Steps

On 18th July, John, Steve and Des set off on their latest challenge,  a 7000 mile drive to Tajikistan.

Their goal was to cross high Pamir Mountains via the Pamir Highway from Tajikistan and into Kyrgyzstan. Their trip started in the Tajik capital Dushanbe and quickly left the modern world behind as they made their way along difficult mountain roads and high passes, in the shadow of some of the highest mountains on our planet. The roadway is mostly unpaved and is heavily damaged in places due to earthquakes landslides and avalanches. This route makes up part of the ancient “Silk Road” and is known as the second highest altitude international highway in the world (4,655 m). It is also listed on the dangerousroads.org website.

Unlike previous trips they have done, this one was organised entirely by Steve, John and Des. There was no backup or support along the way.  The guys have been doing some extra fundraising prior to their trip, including an event at the Bricklayers Arms pub in Kingston (Steve’s local) where they brought along the car to raise awareness of their trip.  We’re really grateful to Small Steps friend and fundraiser Zoe, at the Bricklayers for her ongoing support of Small Steps.

‘The Silk Roadies’ have set up the all important JustGiving page where they are gathering sponsorship.  Please do still donate if you can!  We send John, Steve and Des our sincerest thanks for once again, raising money for Small Steps.

Team Small Steps complete the British London 10k

A huge congratulations and thank you to Helena, James, Florence, Joanna, Dean and Colin who donned their Small Steps t-shirts and ran 10k around central London on 12th July to raise money for Small Steps. There was a fantastic atmosphere on the day with tens of thousands of runners and hundreds of supporters cheering along the route.  The event started at Hyde Park Corner and passed London’s most famous landmarks, including St James’s Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.  All our runners set up their own fundraising pages… and it’s not too late to support one of our runners so please donate if you can!  Thank you.

Florence: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/FlorenceBance
James and Helena: http://www.justgiving.com/Helena-Marchese
Dean: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DinoCooper
Joanna: http://www.justgiving.com/joanna-Allen6
Colin: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ColinJWoods

Interval International’s fundraising fun!

Interval International is an exchange membership organisation for people that own timeshare, based in Raynes Park. Every two years the employees that are based in the London office nominate a new charity that they would like to help raise funds for. We are delighted that the employees recently voted Small Steps as their chosen charity from 2015 and 2016! Interval International have been organising various inter-company events such as bake sales, lucky dips, raffles, competitions and much more to help raise funds.   We were so pleased to meet Ayse, Danielle, Michael and Claire from Interval recently and show them some of the wonderful Small Steps children and parents that they will be raising money for.

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RSA UK Underwriting Team’s Quadrathlon

Over the last few years the RSA UK Underwriting team have supported Small Steps by raising money via 10K runs & swimming challenges, hosting charity quiz nights and raffles and helping us to move to our new premises.  Last year the team took on a quadrathlon where they took it in turns to swim 1K, run 5k and cycle 10k.  On top of that they walked 11 miles from their offices in central London to Small Steps in Roehampton. We are delighted that the team decided to do the challenge again on 5th June this year!  Thanks so much to all the team for all your efforts and raising such valuable funds for Small Steps.

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Falconwood Golf Club Captain’s Charity

We are delighted to have been one of the chosen charities to benefit from the Falconwood Golf Club Charity Day on 18th May which raised a huge £4000 for Small Steps! This is the second year running that Small Steps has been lucky enough to be chosen as the Captain’s Charity.  The Charity Golf day involved approximately 90 players, made up of Falconwood Golf Club members and guests. Golfers braved the wind and rain to play a round and were rewarded by dinner, with a fundraising raffle and auction at the end. We are very enormously grateful to all at Falconwood Golf Club, especially chief organisers Kathryn and David Whitbread, our representative Peter Johnston (Graduate Small Stepper Isla’s Daddy) and this year’s Captain, Frank Piper.

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26 miles for Small Steps

Huge congratulations to David Soubeyrand, Dad to Small Stepper Côme, who took up the challenge of running this year’s London Marathon for Small Steps!  David said, “I am raising money for Small Steps because they’re helping our son Côme walk.  Small Steps rely totally on donations and without it children like my son wouldn’t have the support he really needs right now, they’ve been crucial to Côme’s progress.”  David has raised over £2,300 on his JustGiving page.  Thanks so much David!

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Côme at Small Steps
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Medal winner!

Funds raised on Undiagnosed Children’s Day

Friday 24th April was the third Undiagnosed Children’s Day – a nationwide event to increase awareness of undiagnosed genetic conditions.  We are delighted that Stacy Paddon, Mum to Small Stepper Cady, raised £415 for Small Steps to mark Undiagnosed Children’s Day on her JustGiving page.  Stacy said “Cady started Small Steps this year and has made lots of great progress towards learning to walk!  She loves the sessions and the team there.  Small Steps is a free service and relies on donations for their work. Please help us to support them for Undiagnosed Children’s Day.”   

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Credit Punch cheque presentation

We were delighted to have Richard O’Dwyer and Lauren Clackett visit us recently.  Richard is a longtime friend and supporter of Small Steps and has organised a total of four Credit Punch events for Small Steps, the most recent being Credit Punch IV in February 2015.  Richard came along, with Lauren who helped organise the Credit Punch IV event, to present us with a cheque for £25,167!! This is a very significant sum for Small Steps and it will enable us to offer places to more families and enable more children to benefit from our service.  We are so grateful to everyone involved in the event for raising so much for Small Steps!

A great day had at the Richmond May Fair!

We had a fantastic day at The Richmond May Fair on Saturday 9th May, with our now legendary cake stall! A massive thank you to one and all for contributing to the success of the Small Steps stall.  We raised just over £660 and had a lovely day meeting lots of friends and supporters. A special thank you to all the parents who helped bake and sell cakes on the stall.  We couldn’t have done it without you! stall1stall3stall2helpers3helpers1helpers2

Mulsanne’s 24 hour Challenge

We are so grateful to the team at The Mulsanne Partnership who have successfully completed their 24 Hour Challenge from 20th November to 21st November 2014.  As a group, they kept a treadmill, cross-trainer, bike and rowing machine going simultaneously for 24 hours by participating in relays throughout a 24 hour period.   Mulsanne is a proud and passionate supporter of Small Steps and the team there have done many wonderful fundraising challenges over the past few years to raise funds for us. The team have done an amazing job fundraising on their Just Giving page, raising £7,000 so far and still counting!  Thanks so much to the team and everyone who has donated.

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The Mulsanne 24 Hour Challenge Team!
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Visit from philanthropist Charlotte Grobien

It was wonderful to have a visit from Charlotte Grobien of ‘Give it Away’ recently and to welcome her colleague Catherine. Both popped in to say hello to our Thursday afternoon families and share tea and a chat. Small Steps is hugely indebted to Charlotte who has been a major supporter of Small Steps in recent years via her company ‘Give-it-Away’. Her mission has been to undertake projects whose total profits are given to children and young people in need. These profits are generated through the development and building of property. To date Charlotte has donated a massive £1,115000 to various children’s charities. We are grateful beyond words to Charlotte for her ongoing support of Small Steps. www.give-it-away.co.uk charlotte               IMG_8880

Anna’s Miami Pro Fitness Model Championship

Anna Martin is Auntie to Henry, who comes to Small Steps sessions.  Anna took part in the Miami Pro Fitness & Model Championships and has raised over £1000 for Small Steps too!

Anna trained for months before the challenge and had to commit to a strict diet and train multiple times a week at the gym to ensure she was at top fitness for the Championships.

Anna says: “Small Steps is a charity close to my heart since my lovely brother and his equally lovely wife popped out gorgeous baby Henry who has Down’s Syndrome. At Small Steps, pre-school children with motor or sensory impairment work on all areas of their development, using the principles of conductive education. They have been fabulous to the Martin’s since the arrival of Henry ‘not-camera shy’ Martin and we would love to repay them in some way.”

We’re hugely grateful to Anna for raising such valuable funds for Small Steps!

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The Miami Pro Championship

Jamie’s Great North Run

A huge thank you to Jamie Belcher, who ran the Great North Run for Small Steps in just 2:05mins. Jamie works for Sidley Austin  a global law firm, who have supported Small Steps for a number of years. We’re so grateful to Jamie who has raised over £730 on his JustGiving page . Thank you so much Jamie!

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Fundraising Darts Exhibition

A big thank you to Geoff and Sue at The Bishopsford Social Club in Morden, who ran a fundraising darts night for Small Steps on 24th October.  Eric Bristow and Wayne Mardel (from Sky Sports) hosted the night and there was a raffle with some great prizes donated by darts professionals and other stars such as Al Murray.  At the end of the night both Eric and Wayne auctioned the shirts they were wearing too!  All funds raised on the night will come to Small Steps.  We’re very grateful to Geoff and Sue (Granny and Grandad to Small Stepper Ellis), for organising this fundraiser for us and to Ellis, his brother Ewan and Mum and Dad, Una and Paul for staying up late to represent Small Steps on the night!

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Term Dates

Please note that regular sessions commenced on Friday 5th September. We really look forward to seeing you all!

Autumn Term: Sessions start:  Friday 5th September 2014
Half term: Monday 27th October – Friday 31st October 2014
Last day of sessions: Wednesday 17th December 2014
Last day of term: Friday 19th December 2014

Spring Term:
Term starts:  Monday 5th January 2015
Sessions start:  TBC
Half term: Monday 15th February – Friday 20th February 2015
Last day of sessions: TBC
Last day of term: Friday 27th March

Summer term:
Term starts: Monday 13th April 2015
Sessions start:  TBC
Bank Holiday: Monday 4th May 2015
Half term: Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May 2015
Last day of sessions: TBC
Last day of term:  Monday 20th July 2015

*Please note these dates may be subject to change.  If a change is necessary, you will be notified as as soon as possible.

London to Paris Bike Ride

Screen shot 2014-07-27 at 19.38.03We’re really grateful to Aaron Cassidy who has just completed the London to Paris bike ride in aid of Small Steps!  Aaron completed the 250km ride in a just 46 hours 15 minutes.  This is an amazing charity challenge starting from the UK’s capital, through the English countryside over to rural France and on to the heart of Paris, finishing under the Eiffel Tower!

The London to Paris charity cycle is a great experience and a fabulous challenge which is not just about distances covered and start and finishing points, the bike ride is about group effort, friendship and more importantly spirit.

You can still sponsor Aaron on his Just Giving page.

Purdy’s Pedal Push!

Huge fun was had by all at Purdy’s sponsored ‘Pedal Push’ at Clapham Common!  We’re so grateful to Davina and Purdy and all who took part.

Purdy’s Mum Davina explains more.. “Hello everyone, Purdy and the rest of her entourage (family, nanny, adoring public and dopey dog) are doing some fundraising for Small Steps in July. We are holding a ‘pedal push’ (really an excuse to cover a small amount of ground in, on or pushing anything with wheels, including pushchairs)…. We have a Just Giving page for collecting the lovely wonga .   As we all know Small Steps is a unique and sublime place and so many families have and shall continue to benefit from its existence. Help us to make that a little easier for the peeps at Small Steps and come and have some fun too…”

You can still donate on their page, so please donate whatever you can. Thank you!

Coast to coast for Small Steps!

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We are very grateful to Geoff, (Grandad to Ellis who attends Small Steps) and to Geoff’s sister Kathleen who together with 6 others walked from the West coast to the East coast of England in just 13 days.  This is a total of 200 miles and they climbed the equivalent of Mount Everest!!  It was by all accounts a gruelling trek, but they did it and raised £5,000 for Small Steps in the process.  We are full of admiration for them all. You can still show your support for Geoff doing this challenge by sponsoring him on his Virgin Money Giving Page and to Kathleen by sponsoring on her Virgin Money Giving Page.  Thanks so much!

Kew Midsummer Fete

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Norwood School YPI

Well done to the student team (Rosie, Georgina, Shannon, Sofia and Meliq) at The Norwood School who this week, represented Small Steps in their Youth Philanthropy Initiative Day. We’re really proud of you all!  YPI encourages students to actively participate in helping their communities. Once a secondary school enrolls in YPI, all students in a selected year level will take part in YPI as a project within a regular academic course.

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Small Steps at Waterloo Station

Network Rail have very generously sponsored two Small Steps sessions a week for the whole Summer Term and in addition to this they kindly invited Small Steps to run a stand at Waterloo Station Passenger forum to promote the charity and do a bucket collection too! We’re enormously grateful to Network Rail for their ongoing support and really enjoyed raising the profile of Small Steps at Waterloo on 20th May. DSCN0381photo 1network rail

Sidley Singers compete in ‘Legal Harmony’!

Many congratulations and a big thank you to the Sidley Singers for their amazing performance at the Legal Harmony Competition yesterday to raise funds for Small Steps.   Click here to see a video of their performance.  Bethany Burrow, an Associate at Sidley Austin explains more; “We’ve had a choir here at Sidley Austin LLP for many years, but we only ever wheel ourselves out for high days and holidays, often in conjunction with the other businesses in our building.  When we saw an advert for the Legal Harmony Choir Competition in the legal press, we thought it would be a great way to get us singing all year round and not just in the festive season, so we entered.  Now all we have to do is rehearse like crazy in order to knock the socks off our audience (and competitors!) when we perform at the competition on 15 May in Southwark Cathedral. The Sidley Singers have set up a Just Giving page for donations.  Please sponsor them if you can!

The RSA UK Underwriting Team Sports Challenge!

A big Small Steps cheer for the wonderful RSA Underwriting Team who successfully completed their Quadrathlon on Tuesday! They took it in turns to Swim 1K, Run 5K and Cycle 10K and then to walk from their office at Leadenhall Street to Small Steps, where there was a welcoming party at the finish line!

Over the last few years The RSA UK Underwriting Team have supported Small Steps by raising money doing 10K runs & swimming challenges, hosting charity quiz nights and raffles and helping the Small Steps team move to our new premises!

Together with money raised from other fundraising events, they have raised over £1420 for Small Steps this year. Thanks so much guys!

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Richmond May Fair raised £500!

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us at The Richmond May Fair on Saturday. It was a blustery, showery day, but we raised £500 for Small Steps so it was well worth braving the weather! A special thank you to all our bakers and helpers, it wouldn’t have happened without you!
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Call for adapted supermarket trolleys for disabled children!

disabletrolleyStacie Lewis, (who used to come to Small Steps with her daughter May), has been campaigning for all the major supermarkets to install disabled trolleys for children in their stores.
As a result of some coverage from BBC Radio 4 and articles on Stacie’s blog (www.mamalewis.com), Tesco’s in Brixton, Morrisons in Streatham, Sainsburys in Upper Norwood and Waitrose in Beckenham now all have disabled trolleys (though they are only a seat with a lap strap so will not be appropriate for all of Small Steps children). Stacie is hoping that more supermarkets will order disabled trolleys soon.

Have you seen trolleys for disabled children at your local supermarket? If so, why not share details here to let other families know about it…  and if not, why not contact your local Supermarket to ask them to provide one!

Special Children’s Day at London Zoo

special children's day 2014 LZLondon Zoo have just announced the dates for their 2014 Special Children’s Day. This is a unique event for children with additional needs, full of interactive and inclusive fun, with specialist facilities and staff on hand as well as discounted Zoo entry for the whole family! See the London Zoo website for more details and to book tickets.  

Credit Punch III – a ‘knock-out’ event!

On Thursday 13th February 2014 a group of 18 brave men from the financial world gathered at the Park Lane Intercontinental Hotel, to compete in the white collar boxing tournament - “Credit Punch III”.  This is the third annual “Credit Punch” event, from which money raised has been generously donated to Small Steps.  We are hugely grateful to Richard O’Dwyer, friend and supporter of Small Steps, who both organised the event and boxed on the night.  A big thank you also to the 17 other fighters, who courageously took to the boxing ring, all for a very good cause!

Last year’s event raised £17,000 for Small Steps and Richard is hopeful that this year they will have raised even more.  These funds will enable Small Steps to employ another Conductor Teacher, and in turn, enable us to help many more families.  A big Small Steps cheer to all who helped make this event possible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dakar Challenge – complete!

They did it!  On 21st January 2014, Steve and John set off on the Dakar Challenge in aid of Small Steps and on 9th February, they arrived safely at Nouakchott, Mauritania, which is the ‘official’ end point for the Dakar Challenge.  But… as true adventurists they continued on to Senegal and finally to Dakar!

We’re so grateful to Steve and John for raising money for Small Steps by taking on this challenge.  Steve explains  what’s been involved…

 “The “Dakar Challenge” entails buying a second hand car (we have a Mitsubishi Pajero), and driving it from the UK down through Europe and across to Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, and finally on to Dakar in Senegal.  Oh! There is a minefield we have to cross in Western Sahara, but I’m sure our trusty (or is that rusty) steed will get us there. See here for more details http://www.dakarchallenge.co.uk/

We are raising money for Small Steps and to donate to this worthwhile charity please visit our Just Giving site

 

Great sponsorship news!

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We are enormously grateful to The True Colours Trust who have allocated Small Steps a grant to cover the cost of running 2 sessions for a term from January.  The True Colours Trust is passionate about making a difference to the lives of children with special needs and their families and supporting people with life limiting and/or life threatening illnesses. The True Colours Trustees believe that all children and their families should be able to live happy, fulfilled lives with opportunities for play, friendship and education without the burdens of poverty, exclusion and discrimination.

The Trust works closely with organisations that share its ambition to provide imaginative, practical and often ground-breaking services in addition to delivering programmes that bring about sustained change whether at the level of policy or practice. The Trust’s work focuses on the major barriers and challenges experienced by families, children and young people with complex disabilities and/or life limiting and life threatening conditions.

 

Christmas party fun!

Many of the Small Steps families joined us on 13th December for the Small Steps Christmas Party.  It was a funpacked afternoon with a visit from Father Christmas with a gift for each child and their siblings.  Then we had a wonderful singalong with the ladies from ‘Singing Hands’ who sang and signed their way through a repertoire of Christmas songs.

Thank you to the Cheyne Charity for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Surrey Freemasons Corinthian Lodge and The Miles Trust for their donations towards our Christmas celebrations for children, families and supporters this year.

Beyond Events Christmas visit to Small Steps

The wonderful Kate Kassar and her company Beyond Events are long time supporters of Small Steps and made a Christmas visit to us last week to meet the children they support and help us prepare for Christmas. This is what they had to say about their day… Thanks so much guys! (click on image to enlarge the text)  

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Small Steps Christmas Card in Stock Now!

The Small Steps Christmas cards have arrived!  Designed by the children in their sessions, the children have been hard at work producing a beautiful collage for the front of our card which you can see below..

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The cards are available to purchase from Small Steps now,  priced at £4.00 for 12 cards.  Contact the office to place an order or for more details!

Major grant received from Children in Need!

childreninneedWonderful news! We are delighted to announce that Small Steps has just been awarded a major grant from BBC Children in Need!   Children in Need is the BBC’s UK charity. Since 1980 it has raised over £600 million to change the lives of disabled children and young people in the UK.  This grant will ensure that Small Steps can continue to deliver our service to as many families as possible over the next 3 years.  Fantastic!

Radnor House School nominate us as their Charity of the year

We’re having a great week! Following the recent “Make a Difference Day” at Radnor House School, where six students came to Small Steps to volunteer, we had a visit from Nicola Console-Verma from the School, with news that Small Steps will be their charity for 2013-2014! We’re so grateful to the Students and look forward to a strong partnership with them over the coming year.

Introducing the latest member of our team

We would like to extend a special welcome our new staff member, Kasane Minowa-Astridge, who has joined the team this term.   Kas studied BSC Physiotherapy degree at St George’s University of London for 3 years.  She previously worked at the Whittington Health NHS Trust for 2 years, part time as a drama teacher, as a youth support worker for children with learning difficulties and a one to one personal support worker for a physically disabled adult.  Kas is a qualified Physiotherapist and will be getting to know the families in sessions over the coming weeks.

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Kasane Minowa-Astridge

Small Steps receives a £4,200 grant!

santanderWe are absolutely delighted and so grateful to The Santander Foundation who have just awarded Small Steps a grant for £4,200! The Santander Foundation has two grants programmes to help disadvantaged people in the UK.  Small Steps were fortunate enough to receive a grant from the ‘Community Plus Scheme’ which is open to small local UK charities or local projects of national charities with funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials.

Donation from Chelsea Building Society

We were delighted to receive a cheque for £100 from the Chelsea Building Society Charity Foundation ‘Make a Difference Week’ campaign recently. Every year members of the Building Society are invited to visit any branch or agency and recommend a local good cause to be considered for a donation of £100 from the Charitable Foundation by completing a simple nomination form.  One of our families who came to Small Steps with their child nominated Small Steps for the ‘Make a Difference Week’ campaign, at their local Chelsea Building Society branch in Ealing and we’re very pleased  and grateful to be one of the successful charities!

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Mr Terry Baker, Manager of the Chelsea Building Society in Ealing, came to visit Small Steps personally to present the cheque and find out a bit more about Small Steps.

 

Team Broadgate raise over £600 at the London Triathlon!

The Broadgate Mainland team took some giant leaps at the July London Triathlon in aid of Small Steps.  Broadgate’s Executive Director, Roddi Vaughan-Thomas cycled the gruelling 20km, and was joined by indomitable swimmer Jayne Adair for the 750m swim and experienced marathon runner Lauren Willington for the 5km run. The guys came 87th in the Team Sprint and raised over £600 for Small Steps.  Staff at Broadgate have been raising money for Small Steps all year, through charity cake sales, a guess the baby photo competition, charity raffles and more…

We are hugely grateful to Roddi, Jayne and Lauren and to all the staff at Broadgate Mainland for their support and urge you to sponsor them on their Just Giving page if you can.  Thank you!

 

230km marathon completed in record time!

We’re so proud of Team Small Steps who were running the Al Andalus Ultimate Trail between 8-12 July … Our team, Arend Burgers of Holland, Fred Coppens Of Belgium and our homegrown ‘Sandblaster’ Paul Mott ran a 230km ultra-marathon in Southern Spain with numerous long climbs (7,200 meters of ascent/descent), technical trails, and extreme heat (30-40C)!!!  Huge congratulations and thanks to the guys who came 2nd out of 50 competitors!  You can still sponsor them on their Just Giving page.

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Fred, Paul and Arend with their medals!

 

James Duffitt takes on the Dublin Duathlon for Small Steps

Huge congratulations and thanks to James Duffitt, (Indie’s Uncle) who completed the Dublin Duathlon on 5th June to raise money for Small Steps. James said “Perfect weather on the night meant the course was very fast (most people were faster than me!) but I completed the duathlon in 51.01 so am delighted. A HUGE thank you to everyone who sponsored me, Small Steps is a fantastic cause who do great work. Thank you all so much”. You can still sponsor James on his JustGiving page.

“Tommy Time” Wednesdays!

We are so grateful to the Tommy Hollis Children’s Fund who are once again sponsoring the Wednesday morning session!  Chris, Kate and Jack Hollis came to visit the Wednesday morning group this week.  It was great to catch up with them and we hope they’ll visit us again very soon.

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Chris, Kate and Jack Hollis with the Wednesday morning group

A great day at Richmond May Fair!

Thank you so much to everyone who helped out, visited us, baked and bought cakes at the Richmond May Fair on Saturday! It was lovely to see everyone and we raised some valuable funds for Small Steps. Thanks to all for making the day such a success!

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Incorporation update

Following our recent Incorporation we are pleased to announce that Companies House have granted Small Steps exemption from using the word ‘limited’ in our name.
We are now officially known as “Small Steps SFP” (School for Parents).  All other contact and registration details remain the same.

Small Steps featured on GamesAid Charity Video!

GamesAid is a computer games industry charity that collects & distributes funds to small UK based charities with a focus on children & young people. Small Steps was lucky enough to be one of the GamesAid Charities last year and we are featured on this wonderful GamesAid 2012 Charity video! Can you can spot anybody you know?

Comedy Store event raises the roof and valuable funds…

“Stand up for GamesAid” took place on Monday April 15th at London’s Comedy Store. There was a dynamic and exciting bill of talented comedians that kept us laughing all night! All funds raised go to the GamesAid charities, of which, Small Steps was one last year.

Small Steps would like to thank Imran Yusuf and Gamesaid for organising the fundraiser and hosting the show.  We are so grateful to you for raising valuable funds for some amazing charities including Small Steps!

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Imran Yusuf at The Comedy Store

Harrodian Students win £3000 for Small Steps

Huge thanks to Harrodian School Year 9 Students who won £3000 for Small Steps at the Youth Philanthropy Initiative Final on Wednesday 13th March!! Their brilliant presentation came 1st out of 5 others and everyone at Small Steps is very grateful and proud of the students. Thanks so much!

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Harrodian Students presenting cheque to Nicola Thackeray

 

 

Get the new ‘My Child & Me’ Magazine App!

“My Child and Me” focuses on, and speaks directly to, the parents of young children with additional needs.  It has been developed in response to demand from parents for an information resource of this kind.  Unfortunately the magazine is no longer available in printed version but is now available to download as an App for iphones, android and smart phones and tablets.

This bi-monthly digital publication bridges the information gap that exists for those parents who need realistic, down to earth and friendly advice about the additional needs of their child whilst also providing support for the parents themselves.

Each edition centres on the very early years of a child’s development from the moment of birth until pre-school thus giving the parents the greatest opportunity to give their child the best possible start in life.  To download the App please visit the “My Child & Me” website and follow the ‘download’ links.

Take part in the Kew Rotary Ramble 2013

Why not take part in this year’s Rotary Club Ramble and raise money for Small Steps too? The Rotary Club of Kew Gardens has generously supported Small Steps in the past and they are organising a Sponsored Riverside Ramble between Kew and Richmond on Saturday 18th May 2013. You have the choice
of having 75% of the funds you raise donated to your own chosen Charity and the other 25% will be donated to The Rotary’s chosen Charities. For more information and details of how to sign up see the flyer below.

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Monday morning session visitors

We were delighted to welcome Carole and Roger (Lucie’s Grandad) to Small Steps on Monday 18th March.  Big thumbs up to Small Steps Champions, Carole Bartlett and Richard O’Dwyer (who couldn’t be with us) for raising £17,000 by organising the recent Credit Punch II event.  We are very grateful to them.

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Caleb, Sam, Lucie and Alannah welcome Carole and Roger to their session

Small Steps is now Small Steps SFP Limited

We are delighted to announce that Small Steps has now become Small Steps SFP Limited following our incorporation!

Although the legal structure has changed, the services provided by Small Steps are in no way affected and for everyone it is “business as usual”.  Please note, however, that any donations or payments should now be made to Small Steps SFP Limited with effect from today.

Further information regarding Small Steps SFP Limited, including details of our company number and charitable number, are set out in the press release below.

If you have any questions, comments or need further information or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact Anita Coppola, Head of Service or Andrea Samuelson, Chair of Trustees or any member of the Trustee Body via the Small Steps office.

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Ionian Weddings Sponsor Small Steps

Small Steps is delighted to announce that Ionian Weddings will be sponsoring us throughout 2013!

Ionian Weddings is an award-winning, south London based company that organises dream weddings in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta. With the average wedding abroad costing around a quarter of the price of a UK wedding, their philosophy is to provide bespoke weddings with highly personalised service at affordable prices, even at the luxury end of the market.

They have intimate, first-hand knowledge of their venues which range from private beaches and villas to castles, gardens and historic buildings, all with the added bonus of almost-guaranteed sunshine!

For every booking made Ionian Weddings will donate £5 to Small Steps. Give them a call to discuss your perfect day on 0208 892 7556 or go to www.ionianweddings.co.uk.

WINTER WEATHER UPDATE!!

We will notify families by phone if it is necessary to cancel sessions due to the poor weather.  Please also keep checking the website for updates.  Thanks.

Sessions begin on Tuesday 8th January 2013

We start sessions again on Tuesday 8th January… but there are no sessions on Thursday 10th or Friday 11th January as these are staff training days.
Any queries please contact the Small Steps office.

Kew Village Market Stall

Well done to the team of Trustees and Anita, who donned their thermals and braved the cold manning the Small Steps stall at Kew Village Market on Sunday! Many Small Steps Christmas Puddings and decorations were sold raising a total of £695!

It was lovely to see some of our Small Steps families there and to catch up with our supporters from the Kew Rotary too. Many thanks to the Kew Village Market committee for having us!

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Great piece in the Wandsworth Guardian!

We are very pleased that the Wandsworth Guardian recently covered Charlotte Grobien’s story and mentions her recent donation to Small Steps! You can read the story here.

Broadgate Mainland support Small Steps

Small Steps is delighted to have been chosen by Broadgate Mainland, the leading financial and professional services agency, as its nominated charity for the next twelve months.

Roland Cross, Director, Broadgate Mainland, says: “Small Steps is a great little charity helping children and parents of children with cerebral palsy and other motor disabilities and we are looking forward to supporting it over the next twelve months.”

Broadgate Mainland’s Charity Committee has organised a comprehensive fundraising programme for Small Steps which will be rolled out gradually over the next 12 months.  Further information and updates on fundraising will be posted on the Broadgate Mainland Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Gorgeous designer bracelets for Small Steps

Please take a look at LouMae designs website which showcases beautiful gemstone jewellery made by Carim, who used to come to Small Steps with her daughter Mia. Carim has designed some lovely charity bracelets complete with a Small Steps charm… they’d make a lovely Christmas present! Carim is generously donating 20% from sales of these bracelets to Small Steps.  We are very grateful to Carim for her ongoing support.

Charlotte Grobien generously donates to Small Steps

Small Steps was delighted to host a visit from Charlotte Grobien of
Give-it-Away‘ and to welcome her colleagues Michael Thom and Diana Greenham from Ashworths Solicitors, last week.  Charlotte is a very good friend to Small Steps and she was pleased to catch up with the Wednesday afternoon children (and their parents).

The ‘Give-it-Away’ mission has continued this past year with 3 cottages in Woking all being successfully sold just before the Summer.  The proceeds of these sales ensure that ‘Give-it-Away’ will top the £1 million mark, which was always it’s aim.

It proved to be quite an emotional afternoon when Charlotte presented Anita with the latest ‘Give-it-Away‘ pink envelope which contained a substantial donation made payable to Small Steps! We are overwhelmed by the generosity of this single donation…. and will ensure that it is put to very good use.

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Moshi Foundation support a Small Steps session

The Board at the Moshi Foundation love what we are doing here at Small Steps.  Consequently they are now sponsoring the Wednesday afternoon session this term.   Thank you so much!

 

Ingles Charity sponsor the Tuesday morning session

We are delighted that the Ingles Charitable Trust has once again chosen to sponsor a weekly session at Small Steps.  This term Ingles will be sponsoring the Tuesday morning session and Kate Kassar from Ingles, spent the morning with the children and parents recently.  Huge thanks to Kate and the Ingles Charitable Trust!

Kate Kassar with Tuesday morning children and parents

Fundraising Dance-a-thon for Small Steps!

The first ever Dance-a-thon in Kew took place on Saturday, October 13th, at The Queen’s Primary School in Kew.  Five hours of non-stop dancing to the most popular music from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today, with professionally led choreographed sections featuring film and stage musicals, Bollywood, Street Dance, Pop, Rock and Zumba and more!  Special guest Anita Coppola took to the microphone to ‘MC’ the afteroon too!

The event was organised by Sona Nash who attended Small Steps with her son Rudi.  The Dance-a-thon is a fundraising event for Small Steps and Queen’s Primary School in Kew.  We are so grateful to Sona and everyone involved for organising such an enjoyable fundraiser for Small Steps!

Kew Village Market donates to Small Steps

Huge thanks to the Kew Village Market Committee for donating £500 to Small Steps. The Kew Village Market takes place one Sunday a month in Kew and all profits made by the sale of stall spaces etc. are donated to local charities. Over the past year they have donated over £5,500 to local charities from the profits raised from organising the event. Take a look at the Kew village Market website for more information.

Anita Coppola (far right) receives cheque presented by the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Rita Palmer.

Arlo get’s a tattoo in aid of Small Steps!

One of our Small Steps Dad’s, Arlo, works with people with learning disabilities at an arts centre called The Gate. The guys at The Gate are keen fundraisers and this year they have kindly agreed to make their chosen charity Small Steps. Arlo has decided to start the ball rolling by getting a sponsored tattoo of Ruairi (who attends Small Steps) and his younger brother Loki. The tattoo has been designed by Mary, one of the attendees of the Gate who herself has a learning disability. All sponsorship raised will come to Small Steps. We are delighted that Arlo has raised over £1,200 and you can still sponsor Arlo for his brave venture on his Just Giving Page.

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Bungee jump over water for Small Steps!

We are enormously grateful to Carolyn and Nat, Azaria’s Mum and Dad who did a sponsored Bungee jump for Small Steps on Saturday October 6th.

It’s no exaggeration to say that this was a very brave thing to take on… especially for Carolyn who told us before the jump  “I am absolutely petrified as have a fear of heights!! I’m not joking, I’m really scared, so would only do this for chairty – that said I’m really not sure I can do it once I get up there but will have to for the charities and for my daughter.”

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Azaria has been attending Small Steps for over 2 years now and Carolyn and Nat have decided to raise money to support Small Steps and SWAN which are two charities that are close to their hearts by doing a Bungee jump together over water.

Take a look at the video below to see exactly what they went through and please show your support and admiration for their bravery by sponsoring them whatever you can on their Virgin Money Giving site.

Thanks so much!

GamesAid donate £36,000 to Small Steps!

WONDERFUL NEWS!!! Small Steps are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a cheque for £36,000 from the charity GamesAid.

GamesAid is a UK video games industry based charity. It distributes funds to a diverse range of charities; it is a means of giving something back and all funds are raised by individuals who work in the video games industry.

Here at Small Steps we have been blown away by the generosity of GamesAid and it’s members. A heartfelt thanks to all involved and a special thank you to Marianne and Mum Janice and Dad Paul, who put us forward to GamesAid. This money really will make a huge difference to Small Steps.

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Nick Pell completes the London Triathlon

Our heartfelt congratulations and thanks go to Nick Pell (Anthea’s son) who successfully completed the London Triathlon on 22nd September at the Excel Centre, Royal Victoria Dock. Nick has set up a Virgin Money Giving page so you can still sponsor him… every penny counts!

   

Paul takes on another Ultramarathon

Small Steps supporter Paul Mott (who’s son Sam used to attend Small Steps), has recently returned from taking on yet another fundraising Ultramarathon, the Spartathlon in Greece. The race started in Athens and runs 250km to Sparta. Paul successfully completed this race last year, and although he wasn’t able to finish this year, just 2 months before he successfully completed the Al Andalus Ultra Trail in Andalucía, Spain which was 230km and 7,200 meters of ascent/descent over 5 days, in extreme heat.  He must be exhausted!!!

As you will know these gruelling challenges are all to raise funds for Small Steps and if you are able to donate please do so at Paul’s Just Giving site.

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Small Steps have moved!

Small Steps new address is 166 Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 4HR.  You can view a pdf map of our new location below:

Map of how to find us from September 2012

Kew Midsummer Fete 2012

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the Kew Fete charities again this year! The Fete took place on 16th June on Kew Green.  It was a very windy day, but Small Steps braved the weather and staff and volunteers managed to hold on to the gazebo long enough to sell hundreds of delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts to raise funds on our stall! Thanks to everyone who came to see us and all those who helped on the day!

Ultra-Marathon for Small Steps!

Many of you will know that for the last five years our friends Paul Mott, Colin Lyall and team mates (AKA “The Sandblasters”), have been taking part in a series of desert ultramarathons to raise money for Small Steps.  So far with the continued generosity of thier supporters, the guys have raised an incredible £403,000, making a huge difference to the service that we at Small Steps are able to offer.

In May, both Paul and Colin signed up to run the ‘Wadi Rum’ in Jordan, another gruelling multi-marathon. Sadly Paul suffered an injury just before the race and was unable to compete.  However Colin went ahead to take part in this 6 day, 250 kilometer self-supporting endurance race.

We are so proud of Colin who successfully completed the race on 19th May, which is an absolutely amazing achievement.  Everyone at Small Steps is full of admiration! After the race Colin said “I can’t think of words to describe it. It’s probably the most grueling, challenging, difficult and rewarding thing I’ve ever done. And the pain is very quickly forgotten.”

The event requires a great amount of dedication with regards to training and certainly puts competitors physical and mental stamina to the test. With up to 15kg on their backs, they will experience mid-day temperatures of up to 40 degrees whilst trying to navigate across uneven rocky, stony ground as well as climbing some of the largest sand dunes and mountains in Jordan.

You can still support Paul and Colin in their fundraising for Small Steps with a donation of any size.  To make a donation please visit their JustGiving page.

 

 

 

 

Fantastic article written by Small Steps Parent for ‘The Guardian’

Jess Moxham (Sam’s Mum) posted a great piece ” My son’s specialist care is under threat” on The Guardian newspaper website on October 26th…. Click here to read the full article. A big thank you to Jess for her support from us all here at Small Steps!