- Atrium and café area. There will be a two storey atrium, linked by stairs and lift, with café areas and informal meeting space. The facilities will be available for Community use, including all the therapy suites and communal areas. Members of the local community will also be welcome to use the café.
- A ‘Changing Places’ bathroom will provide overhead hoisting and an adjustable changing plinth and toilet facilities, to ensure that we can cater for the needs of all visitors. Its hoist will link into the pool area, allowing private access to the pool.
- Work experience and Apprenticeships. When The Chamwell Centre opens, it will provide much needed work experience and opportunities for its pupils and others in the Community with additional needs. They will be able to run the café areas, do simple food preparation and wait at tables or display young enterprise projects.
- Short Breaks. Many Milestone pupils and young people in the Community use the local authority ‘Short Breaks’ programme, where they are able to go out independently, supported by a personal assistant. Unfortunately, for many young people, there are few venues which fully cater for their needs. At Chamwell, we plan to offer a stimulating and fully accessible environment for those on short breaks, including targeted youth groups, special cinema, therapies, etc.
- Pre-School Special Needs. For very young children with additional needs, such as cerebral palsy or severe genetic conditions, early intervention with activities to stimulate their development is essential to ensure the very best outcome. This often requires professional support from therapists and specialists in infant development. Parents also need guidance in special techniques which they can use to encourage their children to communicate, develop locomotor skills and overcome their congenital disabilities. The Chamwell Centre will open its doors to such children, running courses for parents and special therapeutic play for the children.
- Special Yoga and Mindfulness. These, along with other mainstream and complementary therapies, can be extremely helpful for children with additional needs, especially those with autism, communication or behavioural issues. We plan to invite specialist yoga teachers and other therapists to offer courses at Chamwell.
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