The Move Programme welcomes a visitor from across the pond!

The Move Programme welcomes a visitor from across the pond!

The Move Programme welcomes a visitor from across the pond!

On Monday 18th September, we were delighted to welcome Julie Sues-Delaney, Program Manager of Move International. Julie travelled all the way from California to visit the Move Programme team and the trip was a huge success!

The Move Programme is a functional mobility programme that helps to teach the skills of sitting, standing and walking to physically disabled children and adults. The Move Programme was developed in the USA in the 1980s, before coming over to the UK around 10 years later. Since this time, two Move organisations have developed and expanded in both of these areas and we have helped hundreds of children in many different settings.

Whilst we work to deliver Move across the UK and Europe, Move International delivers training in the USA and also in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Japan. It was great to catch up and to find out how each organisation has been working to achieve our common aim of reaching all children that could benefit from Move.

We began the trip by visiting Willow Dene School, a Move Centre of Excellence. The staff took the time to give us a tour of their setting and showed us all the brilliant ways they are using the Move Programme with the children in their school. It was a chance to share knowledge and expertise about the different models of special needs provision in the UK and USA.

On the second day of the Move International visit, Julie arrived at Enham Trust for a tour of the village, to observe the variety of services that Enham Trust provides and to see how we are beginning to use the Move Programme with some of our residents. The afternoon was spent sharing invaluable knowledge about our ways of delivering the Move Programme and discussing how we can work together in the future to deliver Move across the world.

The two days exceeded our expectations, and the visit left us feeling so excited for the future of Move in the UK. Our thanks go to Julie for making the trip… I think we may have to return the favour and visit Move International in California in the near future!  

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