Pace Partners Newsletter

Welcome to our autumn edition of Pace Partners e-news.

We hope you had a great summer, although we are well and truly into autumn now!

As our schools close over the summer holidays we were able to use this opportunity to do some much needed repairs and tidy-up including making space to store equipment and creating hot desk space for our staff.

With thanks to one of our corporate partners, they kindly repainted the lines in our car park at Wendover Road site which has enabled more adequate parking for our families.

We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and please do follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Hope to see you at a Pace event very soon.

Thank you
Sharon Cooper
Partnerships & Philanthropy Manager

Introducing Rich – our new CEO

Introducing Rich – our new CEO

It’s been clear to me in the few months that I have been here just how important Pace is not only for the children that we support, but also for their families. It has been incredible to see the work that our school and therapy teams do every day. I have first-hand experience of the effect that Pace can have on children and their families having attended therapy sessions with my son at Pace and seeing the changes in him as a result. What strikes me is how much my wife and I have learned from our sessions and it’s clear that the whole family approach to therapy that Pace uses is a powerful one.

This is an exciting time for Pace. Our current 3-year strategy is coming to an end, and we are now going through a period of reflecting on the areas that were successful, as well as the areas where we might want to reframe our thinking. We have a process in place and will be working over the next few months to create a solid, deliberate strategy to move Pace forward. This will involve lots of input from staff at all levels of Pace as well as opportunities for parents and other stakeholders to feed into our next strategic plan. We expect to have this ready to launch early in 2024 and we will share news around our plans with you in the new year.

I am excited about the future for Pace, and I am very much looking forward to telling you more about how we are developing.

News from our School and Child & Family

Hearing Dogs come to Pace!

Hearing Dogs come to Pace!

We were delighted to welcome the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People a few weeks ago. Who came and did a talk to our secondary students with the help of one of their hearing dogs Daisy.

Part of our secondary students’ topic this term is to understand more about how other charities work, so it was a great opportunity for them to learn all about them and it was a bonus to meet and play with Daisy, who of course was a big hit with our students

Student Community Cafe

Student Community Cafe

We had a brilliant afternoon last term hosting a Community Cafe that was organised and run by our Secondary students in Oak and Rowan classes.

Our students helped with making sandwiches to order, serving hot and cold drinks and there were plenty of doughnuts available for our vistors!

WheelPower Games

WheelPower Games

Last term some of our secondary students attended the WheelPower National Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

They got an opportunity to try different sports and meet students from all over the country.

Following in the footsteps of Alfie Hewitt, Jess Stretton and David Weir who all took part in the games on their sporting journeys, we all agreed that it was a great few days!

Assistive Technology library comes to Early Intervention

Assistive Technology library comes to Early Intervention

Babies and toddlers who have had a difficult start in life benefit from the specialist support that our Child and Family Therapy Services provide through Early Intervention, and now we are introducing a new addition for families – the Assistive Technology Loan Library.

Lindsay Hardy, Director of Clinical Services says, “This new initiative will enable families to borrow a range of assistive technology with assessment, support and advice from our therapists before making a financial commitment.”

Families will be able to access various Digital Assistive Technology such as switches and communication devices to support their child having a voice, engaging in play and accessing the environment.

This is an exciting addition to our Early Intervention Service as the Pace Child & Family offering increases the scope and support that we can provide to families.
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Training Courses

Training Courses

We are delighted to announce that we will be offering a range of training courses with our in-house training team.

Our courses include:

• Emergency First Aid at Work
• Paediatric First Aid
• Emergency Care for First Responders
• Food Hygiene
• Manual Handling
• Conflict Management

To find out more about our training and to book click on the link below.
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Pace Events

Get outdoors this Autumn!

Get outdoors this Autumn!

We are delighted to be partnered with Get Outdoors who organise a number of hikes and treks across the UK.

We have several scenic walks coming up this Autumn including Woburn Wander, Edale Skyline and Bath Skyline, so if you feel like ‘Getting Outdoors’ this Autumn and taking in the beautiful scenery with friends or family then click below to find out more and how you can sign up.
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Save the date!

The BIG Walk Sunday 21 April

The BIG Walk Sunday 21 April

The BIG Walk is Pace’s largest annual awareness and fundraising event. Since the first walk in 2017, it has raised over £100,000, over 1500 have stepped up to make a difference and help support babies, children and young people with neurodisabilities and their families.

For many of the children at Pace just achieving independent mobility is a huge achievement and takes years of practice. Whether it’s taking one step or learning to use a motorised wheelchair the challenges they overcome to be independent are ginormous.

The BIG Walk will take in the ancient Ridgeway Trail from Watlington to Wendover, with three routes to choose from, 18, 12 or 6 miles.

By taking part in the BIG Walk, you not only have the opportunity to explore this beautiful countryside in a completely unique way, but you will also be helping us to provide life changing support to the 400 children and young people who access Pace services.

We hope you can join us!
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Visitors Morning

Visitors Morning

Our visitor mornings are unique and very powerful. You will have the opportunity to meet the children that benefit from your support, and the dedicated staff, as well as explore our fantastic facilities. There really is no better way to learn more about our work than to see it first-hand.

‘It was inspiring to visit The Pace Centre and see the remarkable work they do to make a difference in the lives of children with neurodisabilities and their families. Thank you to Sharon and the team!’

If you would like to come and see what we do, we would be delighted to organise a tour for you and your team. Please get in touch to arrange.

New dates for 2024 will be added to our website soon.
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What a partnership with Pace means

What a partnership with Pace means

A partnership with Pace will enable us to continue to empower children with neurodisabilities to have a voice and a place in the world?

We believe that every partnership should be just that, mutually beneficial. We work with each business to provide a partnership plan that works for you, ensuring we create a purposeful and meaningful partnership that meets and aligns with both of our values.

EKFB volunteered at our primary school garden, here is what they had to say. “It is incredibly rewarding working with the Pace Centre, the work they do is amazing. Pace is EKFB Aylesbury’s charity of the year, and we are proud to be working with them on a range of projects including helping to maintain their gardens. It was a lovely day and a great excuse to get out of the office and give back to a great charity”.
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We want to say a HUGE thank you to all our corporate partners who give in so many ways.

We understand the challenges many businesses face in the current climate and so we really do value the support and commitment you continue to give Pace.

Thank you!

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