I had the great pleasure visiting Steps Conductive Education Centre in NW Leicestershire as a guest of the Chairman of the District Council, Ray Morris and Rosemary Conley CBE DL, Patron of Steps.

Steps is an incredible organisation that helps young children with Cerebral Palsy, chromosome disorders including Down Syndrome or other conditions which affect the acquisition of motor skills. It focuses upon helping youngsters gain mobility, confidence and a degree of independence using conductive education techniques from the Pető Institute.

It is truly transformative for so many children and their families and many children go on to main stream education after Steps.

I enjoyed meeting parents and children and to see the smiles and determination of the children was moving. Rosemary’s passion, commitment and love of Steps is evident, and she has been at the forefront of raising money to make it feasible.

I was fortunate to meet such a dedicated and committed team who included Natalie, Lucy, Indila and Fiona.

Steps is the proud and rightly deserved 2023 winner of the Leicestershire Community Champions Award as Charity of the Year.

I also visited the adjoining facilities run by the charity Glebe House. I was shown round by Natasha whose enthusiasm and commitment was so impressive. Glebe provides essential person focused support for those with special needs or learning disabilities ranging in age from 7 to 70. The charity, in doing so, is helping some 40 families who would otherwise struggle.

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