The Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy is looking for a new home following a strategic review by trustees. "The UK’s premier treatment and training centre is putting its valuable premises in East Finchley on the market and plans to use the proceeds to relocate and develop new services. The Bobath Centre for Adults with Neurological Disability, which shares the building, will move with the children’s charity.
The children’s charity has struggled for a number of years following the restructuring of the NHS, mainly because the number of patients funded by the NHS has reduced significantly. The Centre has had to use its reserves to ensure children received the treatment they needed, but this is unsustainable in the long term and the trustees have acted to secure the charity’s future.
Chairman, Stephen Latner, notes that the trustees see the planned move opening an exciting new chapter for the charity. “We want as many children as possible to benefit from Bobath therapy, but the world has changed and we are changing with it. Selling the property will enable us to invest in new income-generating activities that will make therapy more affordable and develop new services to meet the needs of modern families.”
The sale of the building is expected to be completed in some 18 months and the charity is looking to relocate in or around north London. Until then, it will be business as usual and both charities will continue treating patients at the current premises.
The children’s charity is not standing still and is developing an early intervention programme to support infants who are at risk of brain damage, but may not have a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. It is also planning to increase its outreach work and bring Bobath treatment to areas outside the Centre so as to address the inequalities in the treatment of cerebral palsy that exist throughout the country.
Centre Director, Christine Barber, has worked at the Bobath Centre for 35 years. She sees the move as a great opportunity for the charity to grow. “This is the fifth time the Centre has moved in its 60-year history, and each has benefited the children and families living with cerebral palsy who use our services. The move will allow us to adapt how we deliver treatment and training in the changing health landscape as well as modernise our facilities and upgrade equipment.”