Project information

Early Years and Independence Training Centre

Our Early Years and Independence Training Centre will provide critical early intervention that will enhance the life potential of very young children with motor disorders and independence training for older children and young people.

February 2013 - December 2015

Charity information: Pace

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  • Need

    Need

    The greatest impact that can be made on the motor function of a child with a motor disorder occurs by exploiting high levels of neuro-plasticity in the very early years. However, early years provision for such children is almost entirely unfunded through state provision and certainly under-resourced.

    Solution

    The new centre will provide a world-class service for young children with motor disorders and their families providing early intervention at a critical time of their development. Maximising a child's potential is clearly critical for the child and his or her family but is also a high-yielding social investment. The costs of our early intervention are far outweighed by the benefits of greater independence and the lower burden on the state and charitable sector during school and later in life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    A world-class centre for young children with sensory motor disorders and their families.

    Activities

    » 2 phase development of a former car dealership in Aylesbury into a new Early Years and Independence Training Centre.

    Success will be the completion of a specially designed building, housing 3 nursery classrooms and a community services classroom for our Parent & Child and outreach services.


    Aim 2

    The development of independence training facilities for older children and young people.

    Activities

    » 2 phase development of a former car dealership in Aylesbury into a new Early Years and Independence Training Centre.

    Success will be the completion of a specially designed independence training flat for children and young people with motor disorders and its continual use for residential stays.


    Aim 3

    A centre of excellence for training PACE staff and disseminating our practice throughout the UK.

    Activities

    » 2 phase development of a former car dealership in Aylesbury into a new Early Years and Independence Training Centre.

    Success will be the creation of a space that will enable us to maintain our own leading practice but also to allow its dissemination to other centres and practitioners.


  • Impact

    Impact

    This project will allow PACE to further enhance the independence and life potential of children and young people with motor disorders in our region. It will also allow us to expand our geographic reach to other children across the UK (both through our residential facilities and through our training provision to other centres).

    Risk

    The greatest risks are financial, both in terms of raising the required capital and in future sustainability. To deal with the first issue, we have created a phased development plan, planning to build each phase as we raise the necessary capital. Our future sustainability will be enhanced by the project, given the new income streams it will provide and the greater local and national profile.

    Reporting

    We issued our first Strategy and Impact Report last year and will continue to use that as our main reporting medium for outcomes and impact. We also invite donors to visit and provide them with Newsletters and web updates, as well as responding to their individual reporting needs.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,200,000 Phase 1 Community services classroom, independence training flat and training centre
      £2,200,000 Phase 2 3 nursery classrooms, staff room and office facilities
      £1,100,000 Freehold purchase Purchase of freehold - currently leased with a 35 year option to purchase

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    PACE patrons and appeal committee members £276,250 Guaranteed
    PACE trustees and senior staff £55,000 Guaranteed
    2011 bequest £60,000 Guaranteed
    Charitable trusts and foundations £350,400 Conditional
    Major gifts from individuals £31,250 Guaranteed
    Capital fundraising events £40,678 Guaranteed
    Corporates £2,500 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    The development site is a former car dealership in Stoke Mandeville on the outskirts of Aylesbury.

    Beneficiaries

    Our children come from Buckinghamshire and the surrounding counties.
    While our region is generally thought of as relatively affluent, cerebral palsy doesn't discriminate and our families come all types of backgrounds

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    PACE is a leading specialist centre for children with motor disorders such as cerebral palsy, with a growing reputation both nationally and internationally. Our educational services have consistently been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. We are the only centre regionally with the capability to lead this sort of initiative and we believe that we can use our leadership position to advance early intervention across the UK.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Amanda Richardson

    Amanda is the Chief Executive of PACE and is responsible for the overall strategy and service delivery for PACE.