The Chiltern Centre offers short term, temporary respite to families and carers.

We can assist families who care for a child with a complex medical need, profound learning or physical disability. A short break from caring 24 hours a day, 365 days a year can help the family continue to support their child in the long term.

Our services encompass a diverse range of family support.

We provide a flexible service to those aged 6-25 years to meet the needs of families, be it:

  • day care
  • tea time visits
  • overnight care
  • short breaks
  • weekend or weekday care a series of youth groups
  • Saturday and holiday clubs
  • We can provide emergency care in accordance with our registration.
  • We are able to offer young adults the ASDAN programme to enable them to achieve an educational award in a very tailored programme of learning designed to inspire and recognise personal achievement.

“I found the Chiltern Centre on a website. The deputy was amazing with welcoming us to the Centre. We travel from a distance and on the whole my son always looks like he has had a fulfilling time.”


“Chilterns have been an enormous comfort and help to me over the years, not only in terms of respite care but in terms of their flexibility and understanding and the support they give to us as a family. My son sees it as a home from home and I can relax knowing that he is happy and well cared for.”


The Chiltern Centre supports young people in a homely environment while giving carers much needed respite from day-to-day responsibilities

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Promoting choice, positive self-image and individual identity is at the heart of our work.

We develop and implement appropriate care packages in consultation with the child/young person, parents and carers and other relevant parties.  We regularly review Support Plans and Healthcare Plans with the family and participate fully in transition planning and attending social care, health and education reviews as appropriate.  We respond flexibly to the changing needs of the young person and/or the family, for example by changing the care we provide or the way we provide it.   We can provide extra help during times of crisis.

We offer invaluable information and guidance for parents, carers, children, young people and professionals.  We monitor young people’s health and provide information and feedback for professionals involved in their care.

We can also offer support through our youth groups for teens and young adults.  Encouraging them to be more independent and grow as individuals is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work.  Through our groups we help young people prepare for adult life, assist them with their transition to residential college, work or volunteering and provide information about other organisations which can support them in the future life.  Through these groups, young people form strong friendships.

In the long term, we aim to help children and young people lead more independent lives.

We will support them in learning social and life skills, integrating within the community and improving their self esteem.

We work in partnership with:

  • Pathways at Henley College
  • Abingdon College
  • Bishopswood School
  • Chiltern Edge
  • and many other educational organisation connected with young adults in our care.

We have established close links with organisations such as the Childrens Community Nursing Teams, Wallingford Toy Library for Children with Special Needs and the local Mencap Group to name but a few – we happily share details so parents and carers have the choice to decide whether to make use of them or not.  This enables families to develop day-to-day coping strategies and access diverse support when it’s needed most.

We maintain close relationships with other professionals:


  • GPs
  • social workers
  • consultants
  • nurses
  • speech and language therapists
  • music therapists
  • OTs
  • solicitors acting for children/young people with disability caused by the errors of others and case managers working with these solicitors.