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Spring 2019

update Transforming the lives of children with disabilities

Stories from our school and news from our teams In the spring edition of Pace update: Page 2 Service Update: Introducing In the classroom

Page 3 Fundraising News: The Big Walk

Page 4 Volunteering:

Page 5 School Update:

Make a difference


And also: Diary dates Pace Draw

Introducing Tracy Baker Tracy Baker has worked at Pace for over 20 years and is currently our Lead Learning Support Assistant. Her role is varied, working as a team member in all our staff groups as well as supporting learning and inductions for all new staff. Why did you choose to work here? After many years of child minding I wanted to work somewhere that really made a difference. I observed so much achievement and positivity during my first visit that I knew it’s what I wanted to do. What do you love most about your work here? I love seeing the children achieve every day, it motivates me to come to work. Your most memorable moment at Pace? I will always remember a student learning to jump for the very first time and I will never forget a student telling his Mum he loved her, using a high tech communication aid. What’s the hardest part of your job? There just aren’t enough hours in the day to achieve everything you want to! If you had an extra day in your week how would you spend it? Volunteering with the elderly. When you were 5yrs old what did you want to be when you grew up? My Grandma who was very special to me! I am a Grandma now and I love spending time with my grandchildren just like she did. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to support Pace? To highlight some of the challenges the children at Pace have, I spent the day communicating to staff and families with a communication book.

Service Update

From the classroomsOur Primary School have been following the theme of animals in their habitats across the curriculum. Elder have been exploring lots of different materials including hay, straw, water and mud. In literacy they are making up stories about farm animals. Using switches and communication books, the children have also been finding out about their teachers’ pets and recording this information on charts as part of Maths. Maple have been in the garden finding out where animals like to live, working hard on their goals while exploring different textures and smells. They’re looking forward to working more on our linking schools programme, meeting friends they’ve been communicating with from Bearbrook School. Willow have been learning through a range of fun activities including stories and internet research. In music they have been playing ‘Peter and the Wolf’, much preferring the happy characters to the scary wolf! The class have had lots of opportunities to work with both hands cutting out animals to classify in science or playing pass the parcel to celebrate a birthday.

Premature Infant and Parent Support Group Child and Family are launching their very first Premature Infant and Parent Support Group this February. This free five-week course offers vital support following discharge from the neonatal unit, connecting families in similar situations, in a supportive and relaxed environment. Specialist Paediatric Therapists offer baby massage, advice and talks on topics such as sensory and motor development, feeding and early communication. For further info please contact us 01296 616982.

It’s good to talk... Some of our secondary students have attended a social communication group. The focus of this group was to improve student interactions with each other (without adults intervening!). They worked on how to demonstrate good listening skills, start a conversation, take turns and respond to each other and they have taken their new skills back into the classroom.

Fundraising News


The Big Walk 27/04


For the children at Pace, walking can be a big challenge. However, taking a few tentative steps can lead to much greater independence. YOU can help transform young lives by putting on your own walking shoes and joining us for the 2019 Big Walk. You can choose between 6, 12 and 18 miles depending on how many steps you’re willing to take and you’ll cover some incredible scenery along part of the Ridgeway, including Ivinghoe Beacon, Wigginton and Wendover. Your £10 registration fee includes your Big Walk T-shirt and refreshments... the support leading up to the walk and the cheering squad on the day is FREE! Put your best foot forward in 2019 and take on this challenge for you and for the children at Pace.

If cycling is your preferred mode of transport then why not sign up to our Sportive the day after our walk? 50k or 107k across Bucks, Beds and Herts, taking in Ivinghoe Beacon and Ashridge Estate. It’s a challenge, but a really enjoyable one, planned by our cycling experts with incredible team spirit throughout and an enormous sense of achievement at the finish line. Suitable for novices to pros and everything in between - sign up today!

The power of music Music therapy at Pace is helping our children to find a voice but more importantly it’s helping them to learn, to communicate and to build friendships. It’s also allowing them to work on their physical movement and their speech and language in a relaxed environment where they don’t even realise they’re learning! Music is becoming a vital part of the education we deliver at Pace. Look out for more news on this in March when we’ll join Sean in one of his sessions and see first hand how music is empowering our children to grow and to learn. We had a phenomenal response to our Helping Hands appeal at Christmas and now eagerly await the delivery of our much needed minibus. THANK YOU to everyone who donated and stay tuned for news on our first adventures out with the children...

Make a difference

Volunteering- the quickest way to a brighter future! Friendship, a sense of well-being, physical health, career advancement, experience, enjoyment, selfconfidence - is there any other pastime or hobby that could tick so many boxes? Perhaps you’re looking for a new challenge this year. Perhaps you’re hoping to make a bigger impact in your community. Perhaps you’re currently not working and wondering what your next career move will be. Perhaps you just have some extra free time in your busy week that you would like to donate to something special. Whatever your motivation, volunteering for Pace could be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for. We have roles across all sorts of areas, including fundraising, event and administration. We can benefit

from your expertise and we can support you as you challenge yourself to do something completely new. 2019 will be a big year for the development of the charity, the expansion of our services and our role nationally, supporting families living with CP. With that in mind, we’d love to hear from people who can volunteer in website development, content creation and social media. We cannot achieve all that we need to without YOU! So whatever your ability, whatever time you have to give and whatever your motivation for getting involved, please contact us today and help us to make this the best year yet for Pace,as well as for you. Contact: or tel 01296 614287.

“I’ve been coming to Pace one day a week for a number of years to help with computing & IT. I enjoy the work as it provides me with challenges but in a calm and friendly working environment. There are always new things to learn and my time is appreciated. Volunteering at Pace is fulfilling and fun!” John Gilby, volunteer.

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School Enquiries: 01296 392 739 General Enquiries: 01296 614 287

School Update

Hydrotherapy The physiotherapy team were excited to re- start hydrotherapy sessions for both our School Service and Child and Family Service children in October. Sessions- generously supported by Kidsinsportare run at the hydrotherapy pool at the Oakwood Wellbeing MS Centre in Wendover. Their facilities have enabled access for all of our children to hydrotherapy again and so far everyone who has attended has had plenty of fun. The benefits of water based therapy include; relaxation, strengthening and increased independence. And the children and their families really enjoy it too!

Furry Therapy! As part of their assembly programme, our secondary school had a visit from Issy the therapy dog and her owner Sam. The students were interested to hear about the training programme that Issy had to undertake to become a therapy dog. They learnt what sort of work Issy does and how she helped one young woman to overcome her fear of dogs. This motivated one of our more nervous students to stroke Issy - and they liked her soft fur. Students used their voices or communication devices to ask some great questions. Experiences like these complement the learning that takes place in the school, and help the children reach their potential both inside and outside the classroom.


Dates for your diary Big Walk 27.4.19 6, 12, 18 mile routes along the Ridgeway. Sign up for just £10 and raise what you can for Pace!

Sportive 28.4.19 50k or 107k cycle route around Bucks, Beds and Herts. Join for £30 and raise what you can.

Pamper Evening 17.5.19 Pure relaxation at Chartridge Lodge. Therapies, shopping and bubbles! 6.30pm start. £7 ticket includes wine and nibbles.

Evening at The Bunch 4.7.19 Enjoy an evening tour of these beautiful themed gardens and learn all about the Bunch and its fascinating history. 6.30pm start, £20 tour ticket includes wine and nibbles.

La Grande Aventure 11.09.19-15.09.19 Incredible cycling challenge from Pace to Ypres! Four days, three countries, 200 miles and one great cause! Unforgettable experience for novice to intermediate.

Golf Day 19.09.19 Annual golf day at Buckingham Golf Club. Competition, great prizes and fabulous dinner included!

Christmas Fair Nov 2019 date tbc The easiest way to shop this Christmas with over 40 beautiful stalls and free parking! Shop local and support a cause with stress free Christmas shopping!

Do you feel lucky? Our Pace Draw doesn’t make millionaires, but it does dish out some lovely bonuses and also gives you a much higher chance of winning! So don’t wait for lightning to strike, sign up to the Pace Draw for as little as £2 per month and support our children in the process!

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Spring Update 2019  

Stories from our school and news from our teams

Spring Update 2019  

Stories from our school and news from our teams