Volunteering opportunity for office/admin assistant

Volunteer – if you have 4-hours to spare each week and want to do something meaningful, please come and volunteer with us at School for Parents – you’ll be making a tangible difference and you’ll be helping us run an efficient office!  We need someone with good I.T. skills who is friendly, welcoming, and great with people. Administration duties include answering the telephone, letting visitors and families into the building (ensuring they have signed in), filing, photocopying, updating databases, sending emails, letters, and keeping accurate records.

Please contact Emma-Jane Graham, Deputy Manager:

  • If you are passionate about being involved in your local community
  • If you are interested in developing your administration skills or putting the skills you have to excellent use
  • If you want to update your CV
  • Or, if you just want to give something back …


Phone 0115 9586641

Download vacancy details and application form:

  1. Admin vacancy
  2. Volunteer Application Form 
  3. Volunteer Criteria 
  4. About School for Parents 2017

At School for Parents, most of our work involves children with motor learning difficulties or motor development delay. We encourage these children to develop basic motor, sensory and self-help skills such as sitting, standing, touching, listening, looking, eating and playing. Children are grouped by their age, specific needs and abilities.

The early intervention that we offer quickly benefits young children with cerebral palsy, or other conditions caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls movement. With the help of our specialised programmes and strategies, children learn to overcome their physical challenges and, so, their challenges to learning.

We’ve also developed a range of special communication projects for children with Down’s syndrome, who respond well to the structured repetition of fun songs, rhyme and play. These programmes are designed to follow the guidance of the Symbol UK organisation and are delivered by a qualified Symbol UK worker.

Our programmes for children with Down’s syndrome also included structured motor development activities.


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Peter Barratt Special Needs Fair

The Peter Barratt Special Needs Funfair takes place at Bramcote Hills Park, NG9 3JT in Nottingham on Wednesday 23 August 2017, from 11 am to 1 pm.

**For full event details, please download Peter-Barratt-Special-Needs-Funfair

**To book, please email Gordon Cowieson directly at bramcotefair@yahoo.co.uk

**Refreshment vouchers and rides are free for children with additional needs and immediate siblings only.

Funfair noise and flashing lights are kept to a minimum.

Places are strictly limited.


Thanks to the Freemasons, School for Parents and our families have attended this fabulous annual event for the past 4 years!


Your vote will make a difference! Masonic Charity Foundation Community Awards Tercentenary Fund supports local charities

Voting opened today for  5 selected Nottingham charities to receive a share of a very generous £58,000 pot donated by the MCF COMMUNITY AWARDS, Tercentenary Fund. PLEASE VOTE for School for Parents before 31st July and share the link with your family, friends and social network. We urgently need your support https://mcf.org.uk/region/nottinghamshire/

Nationally, 300 local charities have been chosen to celebrate 300 years of  Freemasonry, and School for Parents is thrilled to be chosen as one of the charities in the Notts Regional Province.

Your vote for our charity will make a world of difference to the 64 families that need and depend on our service. Just 30 seconds of your time will help mums like A, who said: “Attending School for Parents has helped me cope and totally changed my outlook – I couldn’t actually cope without it. Conductive Education is not a chore or lonely or upsetting; it’s something we enjoy doing together. It’s a great atmosphere and so informal. I’d be lost without it, and I can actually feel my mood dip when it’s not on for the holidays.”

We are a local charity based in Sneinton, Nottingham providing a range of services to disabled children and their families from the city or wider Notts area. Following the principles and practices of Conductive Education – a holistic education approach used to help disabled children learn the life skills that come more naturally to others, we teach practical ways to manage the additional daily challenges that accompany a disability.

We aim to enrich the lives of disabled children by developing their independence and continue to acknowledge and value the vital role of families in their child’s development. Last year 90% of our children ‘graduated’ to mainstream education; 91% improved movement and co-ordination skills, 86% grew in self-confidence, and 90% achieved individual goals.

PLEASE VOTE for School for Parents before 31st July and share the link with your family, friends and social network. We urgently need your support.  


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Masked Booksellers donate proceeds from book sale!

Bob and Chris, the Masked Booksellers of Carlton raised an astounding £2,299 from the sale of donated books over two weekends in April – their 11th Mega Booksale was a huge success, raising funds for School for Parents and the Nottingham and Notts Refugee Forum. They called in to see us last week with a cheque for £1149.50, which funds one family at SfP for approximately 4 months. Your continued support is hugely appreciated, thank you ExLibris.

The search is on – Nottingham charity seeks engaged (and engaging) Chair of Trustees!

We are seeking a new Chair of Trustees for our small charity in Nottingham. 

This special person will have the time, a range of technical and ‘soft’ skills and heaps of experience to help our Board of Trustees achieve good governance and deliver a service that is fit for the future.

School for Parents provides a groundbreaking service at local level. We are a small, energised and committed team, driven by the knowledge that what we do makes a difference to the children and families that attend our service – our parents testify to this – see our new video   

To arrange a visit or to have an informal chat please contact our Manager, Nathalie Bailey-Flitter nathalie.bailey-flitter@schoolforparents.org or call the office on 0115 9586641.

We’ll be arranging interviews for interested candidates in July.





Cherub’s Ball the best yet!

According to many of the 350 guests (that we managed to speak to!) at this year’s Cherub’s Ball, it was ‘the best yet’ and we’re overwhelmed with the positive comments we received.

Cherub's Ball - a packed marquee Cyril (ambassador), Lisa and Caroline Des Coleman, Victoria, Caroline and Thomas A stunning room set and ready for fun

School for Parents is an amazing place which has a profound and positive impact on the children and families we support. The Cherub’s Ball is an important event in our fundraising calendar, raising the funds we need to run our local charity and this year guests and donors helped to raise a fabulous £26,000!  

We didn’t do it alone though. We rely on the generosity and goodwill of lots of businesses and people willing to go the extra mile for us! Thank you to everyone that contributed and participated: Confetti – Sam Paylor, Callum Maxwell & Harvey Duddles, Video by Toms Auziņš Silver Reel Productions, Hilton & Bric Nottingham, Midland Regional Printers, Ovy Design, all our guests and generous auction donors and bidders, Blue Monday events, entertainers Pesky Alligators, Des Coleman, James Lewis auctioneer and James Brown, DJ. Balloons by Vanity Lash, ‘Chief Cherubs’ – Karen Richards, Jackie Clark, Susi Henson, Heather Anthony, helpers Cheryl and Danielle, stunning flowers by Flowers on the Main Street, Sarah Gilkinson for organising the video, Freeths Solicitors for the welcome chocolates, Goody Bag assemblers Becky and Holly Sheeran, Weleda and Boots, John Anthony Chiropractic and Micromesh, Caroline Newton, Tanners Chartered Surveyors, Peter Jones, Annie and Russell Meakin,  Mark James Hooters, The Nottinghamshire, Beeston Fields, The Tier Hairdressing, Nottingham Fitness Centre, Beverley Perkins Photographer, Crowne Plaza, Thoresby Hall, Ragdale Hall, Adjust Massage, Little Vintage Beauty Parlour, Rick and Helen Cook, Lace Market Hotel, Gedling Inn and Kitchen, George Akins, Adam Richardson AR Signs, Hung Up Gallery, Revolucion de Cuba, Purecraft Bar and Kitchen, Harts, Lexus, Concert Hall, Sarah Benedek, Blazin Guns Tattoo, Nottingham Football Centre, Stonebridge Fishing Lakes, Delta Force, Best Western Oaklands Hall, Perkins, Watson Fothergill’s, Duke William Hotel Lincoln, Samantha Peach Masks and Jamie Dornan, Chino Latino, Jamie’s Italian, Bric, White Horse Ruddington, Alea, Cross Keys, Malt Cross, Griddle and Shake, Cote Brasserie, Cod’s Scallops and the fabulous team at Colwick Hall.

Thank you, everyone! If you would like to support our 8th Cherub’s Ball in any way please do contact us

We’ll be announcing next year’s date soon.


Mega 7-day book sale supports two local charities – School for Parents and NNRF Destitution Fund

The Masked Booksellers of Carlton are supporting School for Parents once again as one of their charities with their upcoming massive 7-day book sale – details are available on their Facebook page

This is the only opportunity to browse their entire stock so do make a note of the dates and get there for a mooch around! Books are on sale from just 10p and every penny goes to the charities involved, helping to make a big difference.

Ex Libris recently raised £280 from their Children’s Book Sale for our charity.


We have a vacancy for a deputy manager!

Could you be our new Deputy Manager?

This is a part-time position (20 hours pw) with a salary of £24,000- £29,000 (FTE) and with five weeks’ holiday plus bank holidays (Pro-rata)

Download Deputy Manager JD and Person Spec March 2017

Our amazing manager needs back-up, a deputy manager to take over the reins when she’s not there. The deputy manager will support and assist the School for Parents manager across all areas relating to the safe and effective operational management of the charity. As our manager is also part-time, you will be expected to take charge for two days per week and also lead on key areas of work including vital grants and trusts applications and the development of a volunteer structure.

If job satisfaction and feeling that you are making a difference is key, you’ll experience it in abundance. You will enjoy getting to know our amazing children and parents and witness their progress, and you’ll work alongside the most dedicated, driven, and passionate team on the planet – all while sharing a chilly office (fingerless gloves provided)!

If you are still interested, even after reading about the chilly office, we’d welcome your application – we welcome informal visits prior to application too.

To arrange a visit, call 0115 9586641 / email nathalie.bailey-flitter@schoolforparents.org

To apply, email your CV and covering letter to nathalie.bailey-flitter@schoolforparents.org

Or post to:

Nathalie Bailey-Flitter
School for Parents
c/o Iona School
310 Sneinton Dale
Nottingham NG3 7DN

*Please note, application deadline is 5 pm on Friday 31st March 2017


Community Fundraiser vacancy at School for Parents

This is a fabulous opportunity for a community fundraiser to join us at a time of change (we’re rebranding)! 

We need you to be enthusiastic, self-motivated and able to galvanise support from a wide range of people and businesses. You’ll be the main point of contact involving members of the public and we need you to hold a full UK Driving Licence with access to a car.

Application deadline is 24 February 2017

Interviews held on 8 March 2017

We’re a small, dedicated team and we see positive outcomes of the work we do every day, so if job satisfaction is important to you come and work with us and help our local charity and centre for Conductive Education in Nottingham continue to shine.

About the job

1.Manage (with support from volunteers) an annual fundraising Ball and develop a range of other activities within our fundraising calendar to achieve an agreed income target.
2.Maximise fundraising potential by developing and maintaining sustainable relationships with supporters in the local community.
3.Facilitate and promote fundraising and profile-raising events and be the key contact for fundraising enquiries.
4.Manage effective CRM administrative processes to provide a high standard of donor care, including the recording of all data relating to fundraising activity.
5.You must have a full UK Driving Licence and access to a car.

About us

School for Parensfp-75ts is a Nottingham based charity that provides a range of services to help babies and children with mobility and communication difficulties to develop the skills they need to thrive and achieve their potential. Our work is inspired by the principles and practices of Conductive Education, a holistic education approach developed at the Petö Institute in Hungary used to help children with disabilities consciously learn the life skills that come more naturally to others. Conductive Education encourages the development of motor, sensory and self-help skills such as sitting, standing, touching, listening, looking, eating, and playing. The age range of children attending our service is between 6 months to 11 years of age and group sessions are conducted with parents present, ensuring a collaborative and partnership working approach. We support up to 80 families and need £200,000 pa to keep our charity running.

Our impact

A recent report by Professor Anne Emerson who interviewed parents attending our service concluded that “The mental health of mothers, of children and the wider families are put at risk when a child is born with serious needs, which has potential long-term consequences. The success of School for Parents in providing effective educational and emotional support could provide a model for service development. As seen in this report mothers who receive education and training in how to support their child feel positive and empowered. They are able to integrate facilitation skills into their homes and child’s everyday life which could and should have positive long-term benefits for the child and parents. It is possible that this enhanced resourcefulness and confidence will reduce the need for care and support from statutory services in the future. Children who receive good levels of provision from services and their parents develop confidence and resilience that stand them in good stead for starting school.”

“I was overwhelmed by grief. I couldn’t cope with the realisation of the enormity of my daughter’s lifelong needs. School for Parents helped me from falling apart; they showed me how to understand her needs and how to love her. Looking back now, it was the one constant factor which held us together in the early days”. Parent


Vacancy for Session Leader

Vacancy at School for Parents

This is a full-time, on-the-job-training post which leads to a Conductor Assistant qualification.  These openings are few and far between and provide an opportunity to further a (highly rewarding) career working with disabled children.

For details please email nathalie.bailey-flitter@schoolforparents.org

Apply with CV and covering letter to Nathalie Bailey-Flitter, Manager.

Deadline for applications Thursday 22 December 2016 (not 2017 as stated in the ad!)