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The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy is delighted to announce that we have secured a bigger and more suitable building to base our brand new, state-of-the-art Centre for children with cerebral palsy and associated movement disorders.

The Centre has negotiated to exchange the building under construction at the top of Muswell Hill, for the site that we are currently occupying in Coppetts Road.

Jo Honigmann, Chief Executive says

“We are so excited about the opportunity this presents for our children and their families. Having a building that is set far back from the road, and with the option to expand further as need demands, allows us every opportunity to increase our reach and work with more children who can benefit from our services”.

Samantha Hyde, Director of the Capital Campaign says

“The generosity of the developers, who gifted us the original building, has got this journey off the ground. Without this initial boost, the incredible opportunity that we now have would never have been possible. We are very grateful to SaS Investments, the developers, and Haringey Council for all their support.”

This new site will provide everything that was planned for the new build in Muswell Hill, and more. There is space to develop a state of the art hydrotherapy pool in the grounds, whilst still leaving plenty of space for outdoor learning areas for the children. The new site gives us the opportunity to look towards a positive future for the children that desperately need our support to reach their full potential in life and their families.

We are delighted to have the full support from Haringey Council and our funders who have helped us fundraise £1.5m to date.

For more information about The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy, contact:

Róisín Fogarty: Marketing and Communications Manager | T: 020 8444 7242 | E: rfogarty@cplondon.org.uk

The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy

We are the only Centre and independent school in London for children and young people with cerebral palsy and associated movement disorders. Our early intervention services include Parent and Child groups for babies and toddlers and intensive Conductive Education block sessions during holiday periods. We run an independent school for three to 11 year olds and after school groups for children and young people with dyspraxia and hemiplegia, support children in mainstream/ other special needs settings and provide training for parents and professionals.

Each week young children come here from across London and the Home Counties. All have neurological damage resulting in a motor disorder like cerebral palsy and dyspraxia. Most have associated learning difficulties. Many have limited communication skills and additional needs like epilepsy and visual impairment. We also support children with delayed gross and fine motor skills like children who have Down’s syndrome.

Using a specialist system of learning called Conductive Education, we teach pupils how to develop and apply physical skills in everyday situations so they can be as independent as possible, now and in the future. We also teach parents how to continue their daughter or son’s learning away from our Centre. This shared experience transforms life for families and enables them to integrate into their local community as a result of children’s greater social interaction.

Conductive Education was developed for people who have cerebral palsy or motor disabilities. It encourages active participation, develops conscious control over movement and stimulates children’s self-awareness, confidence and capacity to play and enjoy life, despite their learning challenges.

In 2014, we launched a £2.7m Capital campaign to build a new Centre and school at the top of our original site, in the heart of Muswell Hill, to enable us to teach more children, reach more families and further develop our services. We have since exchanged this site for a more suitable plot for our children’s needs and are in a process of consultation with parents and key stakeholders over design. We currently need to raise £1.2m towards this target.

Our new Centre includes a state of the art hydrotherapy pool, which will enhance the provision available to our own pupils and provide an invaluable source of revenue as it will be available for community use. In addition, we are going to introduce new services for adults who have Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and those recovering from a stroke.

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