The Garwood Foundation

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1a Melville Avenue,South Croydon


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The Garwood Foundation, founded in 1952, is an independent charity providing a wide range of services for local children and adults with disabilities, their families and their carers.  Our services include:-

Rutherford School is a mixed day school for children aged 2 - 19 years who have profound and multiple learning difficulties with physical disabilities and complex medical needs; many also have visual and hearing impairments.  Twenty six children attend on a daily basis and benefit from specialist teaching and nursing and a range of therapy support - physiotherapy, hydrotherapy in the school's pool, rebound therapy, speech and language and occupational therapy.

The Bramley Hill Centre is a day centre for up to 60 adults with a wide range of physical disabilities.  The centre provides a friendly environment with work, occupational health facilities, physio and hydrotherapy and a wide range of activities.  The aim of the Centre is to encourage confidence, develop skills and to motivate each individual to use their abilities to the full. While the amount bof contractual work available for the members has diminished in recent years, members can meet friends  and participate in a range of activities - adult education, keep fit, physiotherapy, swimming or hydrotherapy in the Centre's hydrotherapy pool, woodwork, art, needlework, computing using the Centre's IT suite, woodwork  and gardening. These are provided by hired teachers and instructors and a valued body of volunteers. The Centre also organises trips for members - canal boat excursions on the Wey and 10 pin bowling are both very popular. Members are generally transported to and from their hiomes in the Foundation's mini-buses and enjoy a cooked mid-day meal

Jean Garwood House is a registered residential home providing accommodation with full care and support to 14 adults with physical disabilities.  The residents at the home are encouraged to lead as independent and sociable lives as possible with the support of the care team. Three residents live in a separate upstairs flat which allows them to exercise a degree of independence while always having the ability to rely if they prefer or need on the home's staff. Residents all have the opportunity to spend a week at the Foundation's adapted mobile home at Pagham near Bognor Regis; this is also available for hire by members of the public who are seeking a holiday in accommodation suitable for a wheelchair user.

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