Families are at the heart of what we do at Paces. Created out of a need to find an appropriate system of education for their child, our work recognises the fact that by addressing a family’s needs, the family is then empowered to manage the circumstances that arise around their disabled child.
Paces Sheffield charity was created out of the need that families had to find an appropriate system of education for their child in the UK. It was discovered by them that the only system available that addresses all of the needs of a child with cerebral palsy is Conductive Education. During the late 1980s and early 1990s many families worked hard to ensure their child could benefit from Conductive Education by attending the Peto Institute in Hungary.
Two of the Paces Sheffield charity founding families who had the experience of attending the Peto Institute, remain involved with the charity and they continue to prioritise the needs of families.
Karen Hague, one of those founding parents, fulfills a role for the charity in the area of family support. The Trustees and families were delighted when she received an MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on behalf of Paces in 2004 in recognition of this.
The following is some of the work she has undertaken alone and with others:
- assistance with obtaining an appropriate Education Health & Care plan
- guidance and practical assistance in preparing an appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal
- Information regarding support that is available for families – Parent to Parent support
- attendance at the statutory reviews of a child’s needs
- Involvement in local and national policy consultations
Any family wishing to find out more about this service is encouraged to contact us – via email email@example.com, telephone 0114 284 4488 or write to: Paces Family Support, Paces Campus, Pack Horse Lane, Sheffield S35 3HY.
We are happy to receive enquiries from any family interested in the various programmes we have to offer. Karen is also available to speak to other charities and education, health and social care professionals in relation to raising awareness about our services.