An overview of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and how we support families

Vivien Cooper the founder of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) will be presenting on the CBF charity and how they can help. 

Viv has three children – her eldest son, Daniel, (now 27) has severe learning disabilities and behaviour described as challenging. When Daniel was 9 he had to leave home to go to a specialist residential school 275 miles from his family because there was no local provision that could meet his needs. He has now moved back to his local area initially in a specially designed transition service, and from there moved to his own adapted bungalow with his own staff support team.

In 1997, Viv founded the charity, the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF). This is a small but national charity that provides a range of information and support to families of children and adults who have severe learning disabilities and behaviour described as challenging. In addition to developing family friendly, practical information and resources, the CBF works strategically to deliver
change and has established a Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group, made up of senior stakeholders, which has agreed a charter to improve support and services.

Viv participates in a range of groups and networks, at a local, regional and national level. In 2012 she was awarded an OBE for her work. More information is available at


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Angela Coleman to run Bexhill Half Marathon for Foundation

Good luck to Angela Coleman who is running the Bexhill Half Marathon on Sunday 10th November for the Foundation.

Angela says “As most of you know, I started running last year with Run Off Your Feet Running Club. I have run several 5k and 10k events and have now set the challenge of a half marathon.

I am running this for Smith-Magenis Syndrome, to help raise awareness for this condition, and to support families with children who have this condition. This charity is a small charity who desperately need funds to support people like my special friends Diane & Josh Turner.

Please please donate to such a worthy cause. Any amount is truly appreciated".

To support Angela, please make a donation through the MyDonate Page at:

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