Since 1963 we have been supporting children with cerebral palsy by nurturing their skills and teaching pupils to develop independence so they can lead the fullest lives possible. We now work with children aged from birth to 14 years old.
Our early years services include one-to-one sessions for babies and toddlers, Parent and Child groups, intensive Conductive Education block sessions during holiday periods and a group for toddlers who have global or developmental delay, like Down’s syndrome. We also run an independent school for three to 11 year olds and provide training for parents and professionals.
Cerebral palsy is a non-progressive, incurable condition that affects one in 400 babies born in the UK and results from an injury to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. It affects the messages that are sent from the brain to the muscles, meaning that children have difficulty controlling their muscles and movements as they grow up. The condition cannot be cured. However, specialist systems of learning like Conductive Education, and other therapies and support can help reduce the symptoms. The most important thing for people with cerebral palsy is that it is recognised early and that they start getting the support they need from an early age.
We are building a new Centre of Excellence in the heart of Muswell Hill, so we can double our capacity and reach even more children from across London. We will also develop services for teenagers and will introduce new services for adults who have Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and people recovering from stroke.
Our new centre includes a state of the art hydrotherapy pool, of which there are only two others in the country. The pool will be available for use by the community and other non-profit organisations. We will also have a stunning sensory roof-top garden.
We need your help your help to make this happen. Generosity got this journey off the ground when the developers who bought the site agreed to partner with The Centre. They have donated £2.5m towards the cost of the new building but we still need a further £1m to fit the centre with specialist equipment in time for our children to move in next year.
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Coppetts Road London N10 1JP
Phone: 020 8444 7242