TouchBase South East - services for children
Some of our services for deafblind children, young people and their families in the South are based at TouchBase South East (formerly the Anne Wall Centre) in Barnet.
This purpose-built centre has been open since 1994 and houses Sense services for adults in addition to being a base for part of our Children's Specialist Services team.
This has specialist equipment and toys aimed at stimulating the senses and encouraging children to have fun. The classroom is used for assessments, parent workshop sessions and family days.
The family room
This room is a relaxing space where families can sit and chat, supporting each other and sharing ideas. It also has a darkened sensory corner where children can experience the stimulation of exciting lights and vivid colours.
Using a sensory area to stimulate a child's senses can be key to helping deafblind children to make the best use of whatever sight and hearing they have. The room is also popular with the families who attend our weekly pre-school Sparkles sessions.
Specialist sensory toys can often be expensive or difficult to find. Items from the toy library can be borrowed to provide different play opportunities and to discover whether a toy is suitable for the child. Many of our toy purchases have been made possible by donations from individuals and local organisations who support our work.
The Centre also has a hydrotherapy pool and sensory room.
What happens at the Centre
"It's like a big network for us. You can have a chat, have a coffee and talk about issues you've got with your child. I've had so many tips from people."
Ruby's mum Lesley
We hold a weekly pre-school group for deafblind / multi-sensory impaired children and their parents / carers, called Sparkles. The group runs every week on Tuesdays between 10.30am and 12.30pm.
The Children's Specialist Service team run several Family Days each year, at the Anne Wall Centre and other venues. A list of all our Family Days can be found on our events calendar.
The centre is also used as a base for Sense staff to conduct holistic assessments and to run other occasional specialist sessions like the Tuning In programme. The Centre also provides a venue for meetings with professionals.
Who we are
Several members of the Children's Specialist Services team are based at TouchBase South East:
Tom Ambrose – MSI consultant teacher
Gilly Moosajee – senior children and family support worker
Hayley Withers – office administrator
Linda Gaskell – project officer
Also regularly working in TouchBase South East:
Gail Deuce - principal MSI consultant
Aleka Loizou - MSI consultant teacher
Sue Evans - MSI consultant teacher
Other members of the team work occasionally at TouchBase South East:
Alison Baker - MSI consultant teacher
Jackie Palmer - children and family support worker
How to find us
TouchBase South East
12 Hyde Close
London EN5 5TJ
How to refer children to our services
If you think your child, or a child you are working with, could benefit from the specialist support provided by the Children's Specialist Services team please contact us. Someone from our team will call you to tell you more about what we do and how that might help your deafblind child.
Tel: 0300 330 9273
Fax: 0300 330 9274
First published: Monday 14 May 2012
Updated: Monday 19 January 2015