Founded in 2004 as a registered charity for disabled children, the Centre was Initially set up by parents and supporters of local children with disabilities. For many years these services provided valuable respite to the families of children and young people with disabilities locally.
As our services evolved, we found we were caring increasingly for young adults with fewer children requiring our care and services each year. In 2019 during an Ofsted inspection, it was judged that we were no longer caring ‘wholly or mainly’ for children and as such no longer qualified for Ofsted registration. With great sadness, the Chiltern Centre said goodbye to the children we worked with and registered with CQC in order to continue our work caring exclusively for young people aged 16 – 30. The team at the Centre approached the change with characteristic positivity, shifting focus to providing young people with even greater choice whilst simultaneously promoting individual identity and moving towards greater independence.
Whilst our remit has changed, we remain a much-loved local charity providing a vital part of the local service provision for young people with learning disabilities, and their families.