Helping To Become Sustainable

A charity offering physiotherapy, group exercise, support and advice to those affected by neurological conditions believes a three-year grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation has helped it become more sustainable.

The Neuro Therapy Centre in Saltney near Chester, previously known as the Multiple Sclerosis Support Centre, received three years of funding which contributed to the cost of their neurological physiotherapy team.

This small team of physiotherapists, a therapy assistant and a fitness instructor, combine to deliver a wide range of individual and group activities to help people affected by neurological conditions.

“The Steve Morgan Foundation grant of £25,000 per year has had a significant part to play in our recent developments,” says fundraiser Katie Roebuck.

“It has given us sustainability within the team, allowing us to develop services in response to demand, and also enabled us to plan confidently for the future, as demonstrated by the expansion of our gym.”

Those developments have included increased use of the gym by service users with the elimination of a waiting list, as well as the introduction of new activities including boxing and interactive cycling.

Individuals are also given access to regular and consistent preventative services to delay deterioration in their condition, while the increased physiotherapy and therapeutic support offered by the charity promotes community inclusion and reduces isolation.

Various activities can provide vital achievements to those accessing the charity

Those making use of the Neuro Therapy Centre’s facilities also enjoy a sense of achievement and confidence through completing challenges, as well as the opportunity to meet others facing similar issues and share advice on the range of emotions which can follow a diagnosis of a neurological condition.

An overall focus on positive mental wellbeing leads to an overall improved quality of life.

“My mobility was previously very poor,” was the feedback received from one of the users of the NTC.

“I had a lot of nerval pain from my back, which left me depressed and isolated. 

“I go to the Pilates class at the Centre twice a week. We have a laugh and I feel like I’m in a safe environment, and I’ve made some great friends too.”

Another regular user of the charity’s facilities wrote: “Until having recent surgery I was much more active and was even able to take on an allotment. 

“I love gardening and feel it is essential to my physical and mental wellbeing. 

“The physio classes gave me that back where the NHS had written me off.”

Katie concludes: “We are truly grateful to the trustees of the Steve Morgan Foundation for their continued support for the NTC. 

“This support helps us continue to deliver excellent services for people affected by neurological conditions in the region, and gives us the scope to develop our services to respond to and meet their needs. 

“At a time when it continues to be a challenge to secure funding for our work, this support also helps us to lever further funding, and contributes towards the sustainability of the organisation.”

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