The Hadley Family Centre
Some of our services for deafblind children, young people and their families in the South are based at The Hadley Family Centre (formerly Anne Wall Centre) in Barnet.
This purpose-designed family centre opened in early 2015. The centre has been converted and refurbished and re-designed to turn it into a modern, homely and fully accessible centre for deafblind children, young people and their families. The centre has a number of different rooms each providing a different environment for children to explore.
The Sensory Room
We have a state of the art sensory room that has been designed for children and young people with multi-sensory impairments. Using a sensory room to stimulate a child’s senses can be key to helping deafblind children to make the best use of whatever residual sight and hearing they have. The room is also popular with the families who attend our weekly pre-school Sparkles sessions.
The Activities Room
This bright room houses specialist equipment and toys aimed at stimulating the senses and encouraging children to have fun. The room is a perfect place for fun music and craft activities to take place. The Garden Room is also used for assessments, parent workshop sessions and family days.
The Living Room
This room is a relaxing space for families to meet other families; to sit down, have a cup of tea and chat to each other, supporting each other and sharing ideas. There are sofas to chill out on and a dining table if anyone fancies something to eat.
There is a new fully accessible modern kitchen complete with height adjustable sink, hob and work surface.
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 a 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 use of a hydrotherapy pool.
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.
As a new centre we are talking to parents about other groups and ways of making best use of the centre to support them.
The Children's Specialist Service team run several Family Days each year, at the Family Centre and other venues. A list of all our Family Days can be found on our events calendar page.
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 The Hadley Family Centre:
- Gilly Moosajee – Senior Children and Family Support Worker
- Roksana Ilkow Siuda – Children and Family Support Worker
- Linda Gaskell – Business Development and Support Services Manager
- Caroline Twohig – Assistant Business Development & Support Services Manager
- Simone Peters – Locality Officer
Other members of the team work occasionally at the Hadley Family Centre:
- Aleka Loizou – MSI Consultant Teacher
- Sue Evans – MSI Consultant Teacher
- Alison Baker - MSI Consultant Teacher
- Claire Farris – Interim Children & Young People Services Manager
- Jackie Palmer - Children and Family Support Worker
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.
The Hadley Family Centre
12 Hyde Close
London EN5 5TJ
Tel: 0300 330 9273
Fax: 0300 330 9274
First published: Monday 14 May 2012
Updated: Friday 5 February 2016