Specialists in Cerebral Palsy

Family Support Service

What is the Bobath Wales Family Support Service?

Our Family Support Service has been running for a number of years and is there to help families of children who have cerebral palsy to get all of the information they might need.

What does it involve?

During a child’s block of therapy, families will meet with our Family Support Co-Ordinator, Glenys, who will have a chat with them and get to know the children. This way, she can understand what sort of support is needed and give it accordingly. Glenys is available to discuss concerns, answer questions and support the family during to the Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre in Whitchurch.

She will often talk through topics such as what cerebral palsy is, how it affects children (sleep issues, feeding, behaviour, school) and what we can do to help. Glenys offers a listening ear to parents who just want to discuss their concerns with another parent who has experienced bringing up a child with cerebral palsy.

She will also cover:

  • Practical issues such as home and vehicle adaptions, equipment and respite
  • Financial issues such as benefit entitlements, money advice, and wills/legacies

Our Family Support Co-Ordinator

Glenys Evans is our Family Support Coordinator. She is a founder parent of Bobath Wales and has been involved with the charity since 1989 in numerous roles including secretary to the steering committee, trustee, and volunteer. She eventually joined the staff at Bobath Wales in 1998 and has been helping our families ever since.

Glenys’ son Thomas (now an adult in his 30’s) has cerebral palsy which means she has a wealth of knowledge and understanding to share with families who attend our centre.

Glenys is often the first point of contact for families who contact Bobath Wales asking for advice about their child’s diagnosis or general concerns and she arranges for them to have an initial consultation appointment held with the senior therapist and herself. Often her role involves just being available at the end of the phone or email as she really understands the emotional journey parents are on and the day to day stresses that affect our families.

Glenys completed a general counselling course in 2004 and is first aid trained.

Parent and family coffee mornings

Glenys organises regular coffee mornings for parents and family members and in recent years has organised a number of seminars which have covered subjects relevant to having a child with cerebral palsy. A number of new seminars are in the organisation process and more information about these will be available soon.

The coffee mornings take place at our Centre every month from 10am-12pm and all family members are welcome.

If you have any questions about Bobath therapy and cerebral palsy please give Glenys a call on 029 20522600 or email glenyse@bobathwales.org