MP hears about our exciting plans for the future

Penistone and Stocksbridge’s Member of Parliament has heard about the work of Paces as well as about our exciting plans for the future.

Miriam Cates MP visited the new headquarters of the charity at Smithy Wood in Chapeltown to officially open the new base for Paces Living Adult Services and the charity’s operational team.

The 8,000 square foot facility, which has been fully refurbished, began welcoming adults in March moving from its former base at High Green.

It will allow three-times as many adults to be supported with an improved space offering conductive education sessions that improve the mobility of those who have complex brain injuries – such as through a Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s.

During the visit, the MP met with some of the adults supported by Paces, along with the charity’s Chief Executive Spencer Pitfield and Chair of Trustees Ann Menzies-Blythe.

They also explained more about the plan, announced last month, to move Paces School – the special school for children aged 3-18, to a new base at Thorncliffe Hall allowing it to support more children and young people from across Sheffield, South Yorkshire and beyond.

Ann Menzies-Blythe, Chair of Trustees at Paces, said:

“We’re delighted that our Member of Parliament was able to visit, officially open our new building and see for herself the work we are so proud of at Paces. Our Smithy Wood base is already allowing us to support more adults with Cerebral Palsy and complex brain injuries and we will be expanding what we can offer in the months ahead.

“It’s an exciting time for Paces School as well with our plans to move to Thorncliffe Hall and ensure we can provide our inspiring children, and the amazing teachers and staff who support them, with the best possible facilities – and allow us to support more in the future.

“I am delighted that Miriam promised her support for our efforts, and look forward to working with her as we continue our development as one of the country’s leaders in using conductive education to nurture individuals and ensure they can reach their potential.”

Miriam Cates, Member of Parliament for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said:

“I was delighted to open the new Paces Living Adult Services centre and meet the team and their clients. The work they do is truly inspiring. Paces’ new school at Thorncliffe Hall will support so many more children and young people across our region with Cerebral Palsy and motor disorders.”