The Ade Adepitan Short Breaks Centre has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted for its excellence in improving the lives of children and young people who have profound learning and physical disabilities, as well as providing support to their families.
Ofsted applauded the centre in Kingsbury for providing highly effective and high quality services which are tailored to meet the needs of individual young people many of whom have complex needs, including autism and sensory impairments.
The inspector was impressed by the children's development and progress at the centre which was officially opened by the Paralympian Ade Adepitan two years ago in modern buildings next to the Village School.
Ade played 90 times for the Team GB wheelchair basketball team gaining 90 caps for Great Britain, including at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens and at the 2005 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.
Young people stay at the centre for anything from a few hours to a few nights, giving them the opportunity to take part in sports, music and other activities they choose which help to make them more confident and independent in their everyday lives.
In the last year there have been visits to Hampton Court, Ruislip Lido, London Zoo and other places. The activities also encourage them to build friendships and take part in community events. Their short stays at the centre give their families a break from caring.
The outstanding Ofsted report noted that:
- staff are expertly skilled, liaise closely with parents and showed great understanding of new quality standards
- young people are challenged with new and creative experiences
- partnership working with other professionals by the staff is strong
- the centre meets the needs of young people with multiple disabilities
Councillor Ruth Moher, Lead Member for Children and Young People, said:
"I know how important it is for families to have regular and reliable short breaks from caring and how vital it is for disabled children and young people to have the chance to do fun things away from the family and take part in opportunities they may not always get. That's why I'm delighted that the first-class support which disabled children are receiving at the centre has been recognised as outstanding.
"The Ade Adepitan centre and its staff are improving the life chances and improving the independence and wellbeing of some of disabled young people and that's something of which we should all be very proud."
The centre offers short-break residential support and works with up to 60 different children a year up to the age of 18.