Half Marathon, Full Marathon, and Equinox runners supporting School for Parents!

Robert Jackson https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/robert-jackson30  Robert (one of our dads) has taken part in three half marathons this year, and he’s made the brave decision to sign up for the full Robin Hood marathon as his fourth race! Thanks, Robert, Oliver will be so proud of you!

Browne Jacobson Charitable Trust – Half Marathon and Equinox 24 hour challenge https://localgiving.org/fundraising/nottinghams-weekend-of-running/

Chris Sanderson – Chris heard about SfP through Richard Hipkiss, Field Sports Management, who is selling donated football boots for us – thanks, Chris! Good luck – 26 miles is a long way. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chris-sanderson5

Justin Heaton – Justin heard about us through Lisa Fox who organised the Footprints Ball – thanks, Justin https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/footprints-2017

Dave Taylor https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dave-taylor20 – Dave got involved via Lisa Fox by donating NFFC memorabilia to be auctioned; he came to see us and is now a brilliant supporter. Dave is selling raffle tickets to fundraise for us – Visit his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ThenNowForeverForest/ 

David Jones  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-jones206 – David is also running the full marathon, thanks, David!

Mark Lewis and Steve Edwards https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marklewis42 Mark is also one of our dads, thank you Mark (and Steve).

Plus …

The Italian Job!
Geoff Platten and David Gregory (Matthew’s Granddad) are taking part in this epic ride in a mini (naturally!) https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/geoffplatten2

Fight Night!
Mark Ryder has a disabled relative, so wanted to support SfP. Thank you, Mark. Good luck with your boxing match. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mark-ryder90

Browne Jacobson Para’s 10 Challenge 2017!
Humu Choji and Neil Kates took part in a gruelling 10-mile tabbing race carrying 35lb (16kg) plus water, held at Catterick Garrison on 3 September 2017, organised by the British Army Parachute Regiment. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/humu-choji2017

Contact andrea.kelly@schoolforparents.org for details

Public votes for School for Parents to receive £15,000 from Nottinghamshire Freemasons

Local charity, School for Parents, is to get a £15,000 Community Award from the Freemasons following an unprecedented public vote.

The charity based in Sneinton was one of six to be nominated by Freemasons in Nottinghamshire, with local people voting to decide the level of their Award. They were part of 178,801 individuals who voted across England and Wales.

The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th-anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000.

Nathalie Bailey-Flitter, Manager at School for Parents, said:

“We are very grateful to all of our friends who took the trouble to support us. We plan to use this money to fund our core service, helping babies and preschool children with a range of disabilities to be the best they can be and helping their parents and families too. Children with disabilities need extra support to learn life-skills that come more naturally to others. These include communicating, eating, drinking, problem-solving and playing, not just literacy and numeracy. We help them find a solution that works for them.”

The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all its funding from Freemasons, their families, and friends. It is estimated that 50% of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33M goes to the charities that help people in communities across the country.

Barry Woodhead from Nottinghamshire Freemasons said:

“We are delighted that so many people voted in Nottinghamshire. School for Parents was one of six charities nominated by local Freemasons, and I know they will use their £15,000 grant to continue with their outstanding work.”









About the Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The MCF also contributes to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief.  In total, MCF support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally. As well as providing grants to charities, the MCF supports Masonic families with a financial, health or family need. Visit www.mcf.org.uk

For further information about the Masonic Charitable Foundation, please contact Guy Roberts, Press Officer (groberts@mcf.org.uk / 020 3146 3311)

About the United Grand Lodge of England

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body of Freemasonry in England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands (plus some Districts and groups overseas), formed in 1717 and has a membership of over 200,000.

UGLE will celebrate its official 300th anniversary on 24 June 2017, marking the date that four London Lodges came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard and declared themselves the world’s first Grand Lodge.

Freemasonry is one of the world’s largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations, and its symbolic origin lies in stonemasonry.

Visit www.ugle.org.uk for further information.


Freemasonry has recently been the subject of a major documentary by Sky TV, Inside the Freemasons. A clip can be viewed here.


We need a Conductor to cover maternity leave – minimum of one-year.

We urgently need to recruit a Conductor for our Conductive Education Centre in Sneinton, Nottingham to provide cover for maternity leave. This is for a minimum of one-year.

Hours of Work are 38.5 hrs per week (part-time hours will be considered). Salary FTE £23,000 – £28,000 (depending on experience).

Download the Job description and Person Specification Conductor JD August 2017 Maternity Leave Cover

We’re a small, dynamic Nottingham-based charity that supports babies and preschool children with conditions such as cerebral palsy that cause motor disorders or motor development delay. We also run specialist projects to help children with Down’s syndrome improve their communication skills.

You will help to create a stimulating learning environment that addresses all areas of the child’s development while focusing on functional skills – and the use of Eye Gaze technology.

You will have experience in documentation such as assessment and progress reports as well as setting individual goals and complex programmes.

We’re aware that we can’t compete with NY, NZ or Hong Kong as an exotic work destination. However, our amazing centre and our fantastic, vibrant city have lots to offer!

To have a chat about the role, please contact Nathalie Bailey-Flitter, Manager nathalie.bailey-flitter@schoolforparents.org 

To apply, please email a CV and a covering letter to Nathalie.

Telephone 0115 9586641.

The post will be available from November 2017.

See what we do at School for Parents – Video


Conductive Education session at School for Parents


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.