The Cyprus Society for Spastic and Handicapped Children is a Non-Profit/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that was founded in 1969 to provide multi-disciplinary day care to children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Those services are provided via their center ‘’Anemone’’, unique in its kind in Cyprus, as it provides a child-centred approach with a friendly and stimulating environment that combines day care facilities, daily therapies and educational services through a multi-disciplinary specialized environment.
A team including a physiotherapist, occupational therapists, a speech therapist, and a teacher provide one-to-one and group sessions to enhance the cognitive, motor and social skills of the children. Anemone runs as a day care service and school thus obviating the need for the “child with special needs” to attend another school setting, and consequently enables parents and careers to continue with their employment and daily routine before picking up their children.
The financial crisis and the spending cuts from the government towards NGOs, including the Society, put the provision of their services at risk and many children would have not been able to receive the therapies and rehabilitation care they needed. The support from the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People has allowed them to continue to offer the range of services they believe are necessary for their children. In addition, the financial contribution from the Foundation helped Anemone to remain open, contrary to state schools in Cyprus, almost throughout the summer months in an effort to assist and support the families. The children now enjoy a stable and safe environment with a range of fun and educational activities aiming to enhance their skills and build up their capabilities.
In 2015, DM Thomas Foundation awarded The Cyprus Society for Spastic and Handicapped Children £1,523.