Our organisation is a well established, registered charity which provides FREE complementary treatments to children and young people with disabilities, health problems and special needs. We are based in the centre of Coventry and are currently offering treatments to families where treatment is either not available or limited to them on the NHS or is not affordable to the family from the private sector.
The object of the charity is to provide as many free treatments to all children who need them. The charity has continuously provided therapy free of charge to children with disabilities and special needs since 1997. Initially, the charity only provided remedial massage, neuromuscular massage and touch therapy.
We have now extended our services to include, Bowen therapy, Reflexology, Bio-cranial touch therapy, therapeutic play, Physiotherapy and more recently Occupational therapy. There has been a steady increase in demand for our services; the charity now provides over 3,500 treatments and 2,100 therapeutic play sessions per year, this has resulted in us recently adding a Saturday morning overflow service to keep up with the demand.
Tiny Tim’s was founded in 1997 by a local Osteopath, Stan Duncombe. He was approached by a young family asking for help for their 6 year old son who was in remission from leukaemia. The young boy was told he would never run again and all he wanted to do was play football with his friends. After an initial assessment Stan said he thought he could help him and told the parents how much his fees were. At this the family apologised for wasting his time and walked away. This encounter deeply affected Stan and a few weeks later he contacted the family and treated the child for free. This got him thinking that there must be a lot of families in the same position and surely something could be done to help them. The young boy went on to play football with his friends and later for his school.
Stan Duncombe was delighted when the Tiny Tim’s Centre opened its door 17 years ago. The LCSP (London and Counties Society of Physiologists) together with their ERD Trust (Education, Research and Development) contributed significant initial investment in the original project in 1997. Getting our charity up and running was not an easy task. After much negotiation, with the LCSP and ERD Trust, we established Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre as an independent Registered Charity, in January 2003. The Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre is now very well established and is achieving Stan’s vision.
Tiny Tim’s is a unique place which fulfils a very real need. It is one of the few places my disabled son can receive the treatments he needs in such a calm, caring environment. The Bowen therapy in particular has relaxed him to the extent that he is able to cope much more easily with some medical interventions. Plus he can now have his hair cut without anxiety.
My little boy Oliver has been coming to Tiny Tim’s for a few months now and the change in his development has been amazing to watch his confidence has grown so much under the guidance of his physiotherapist everyone is extremely patient and kind. Big Big thank you to everyone at Tiny Tim’s.
Since Rylee has been Seeing Marie for regular Physiotherapy, he has come on so well, I would be left lost without the support of Tiny Tim’s and I am sure that Rylee’s progression would not have been so great without it.
Our two year old daughter Elise, suffers with Downs Syndrome. This carries with it a variety of difficulties for her physically and mentally.
Attending Tiny Tim’s has had a significant effects upon Elise. The charity, through its staff has developed and delivered a programme of exercises and massages that have helped strength her lower body and legs this in turn has help her to begin walking. Through the professionalism, friendliness and caring staff, she has become more co-ordinated and confident giving her greater mobility.
We were told by NHS staff that nothing more could be done to help our daughter but, due to the dedication and resourcefulness of the staff at Tiny Tim’s, the ‘official’ prognosis had been proven incorrect, something we are extremely grateful for.
Without the support, help and encouragement of the Tiny Tim’s staff and them being prepare to do what others would not do, our daughter is developing into a wonderful and confident little girl.
My son William has recently been for a physio assessment and they said that he had made a significant improvement (20% better) since coming to Tiny Tim’s for massages and physio sessions. I am absolutely thrilled and so very grateful that this Charity is able to provide such an imperative service for my son. William really enjoys these sessions as well, so physically and emotionally this is of huge benefit to him. Thank you so much.