Founded in 1990, The Rainbow Centre supports children and adults and those caring for them, who are affected by neurological conditions, enabling them to reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives.
We work with children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders and adults with Parkinson’s, MS, cerebral palsy, or who have experienced a stroke or head injury, from across five counties in central southern England, by providing Conductive Education. This is a system of neuro-rehabilitation, training undamaged parts of the brain to take control of motor functions previously managed by the areas of the brain which no longer work. Participants are viewed as facing a challenge of learning rather than needing treatment for a medical condition. The focus is not only on making movements and actions possible, but developing the whole person: the wish, desire and ability to be active.
The Rainbow Centre receives minimal statutory funding. We raise funds from working with corporate partners and a range of community contacts, including schools and community groups, together with funding from trusts and organising events. We also raise funds from three charity shops. It costs in the region of £67,000 each month to run the Centre.