The D.R.E.A.M. Centre Appeal
The Dream Centre Appeal will level the playing field for young people with complex disabilities by creating a modern and accessible indoor activity space where they can take part in sports, drama, dance and sensory activities. It will provide space for our whole community to come together.
January 2018 - March 2019
Charity information: Chailey Heritage Foundation
We currently have no useable, indoor space large enough for the young people to get together for celebrations and awards or where they can take part in group activities such as wheelchair football, drama and performance. Our current school hall, built in the 1950’s when all our pupils could walk and talk, is now showing its age and there is a widening gap between the facilities it offers and the needs of our increasingly complex and wheelchair-dependent children and young people.
The Dream Centre will give young people with complex disabilities a modern and accessible space with a large indoor sports court where they can participate in wheelchair sports, whatever the weather. A raised stage for drama and performances, a built in trampoline for re-bound therapy and a 4D experience zone where they can virtually travel around the world while staying in the safety of our site. Most of our young people will never be able fly, and so we will be bringing the world to them.
Provide an accessible facility that levels the playing field for young disabled people
Activities» Offering a large indoor sports court where young people can participate in wheelchair sports such as boccia and wheelchair football
» An inbuilt trampoline and an area for soft play will offer exercise, enjoyment and fun they may not be able to access elsewhere due to accessibility
» A raised stage will provide a fantastic accessible environment for music and drama performances
More young people taking part in performance/drama and team sports
Help young people to increase their mobility, independence and communication skills
Activities» Participation in team sports not only improves fitness and mobility but also helps to develop communication skills
» The centre will provide a great new indoor space for practicing wheelchair driving, helping young people to become independently mobile
» Performance through music and drama provides ways of communicating thoughts and feelings without the need for words
More wheelchair driving sessions
Ability to offer a diverse range of learning experiences pupils may otherwise not have access to
Activities» A 4D immersive sensory zone will allow us to take pupils on virtual journeys around the world
More young people taking part in sessions in the immersive sensory zone.
Encourage young people to become more confident, to make choices and be more engaged in learning
Activities» Participation in music and drama performances helps to build confidence
» Team sports help young people to make choices and think about other members of the team
Smooth and timely transition planning from education to adulthood
Provide a facility that can be used to benefit the wider community too.
Activities» Ensure the facility is available to all young people currently accessing our services
» Use the centre to deliver activities for young adults with disabilities who live in the community via our Life Skills Centre
» Use the new centre to deliver events, talks, conferences and celebrations
» Offer the facility to other local community groups and charities
More young people using the centre and being able to generate a small income from outside groups using the centre
The Dream Centre will enable young people to: increase their independence through learning to drive a powered wheelchair; improve mobility and physical well-being through participation in sport, games and rebound therapy, develop their communication and interpersonal skills through team activities, develop friendships and discover and ignite their passions by immersing themselves in music, drama and performance.
The biggest risk to this project would be not raising the full amount of funds needed. However, we have a fundraising plan in place and have so far secured 79% of the funds needed. We have a strong track record of successfully securing funding for a succession of major fundraising appeals and have a number of applications pending with funders that are warm to us so we are confident that we will raise the funds required.
Donors will receive regular progress reports throughout the project and will be invited to the Official Opening of The Dream Centre, once built.
Budget - Project Cost: £2,634,533Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £1,548,688 Construction Includes preliminary works, strip out and alteration, structural works and mechanical and electrical £208,136 Equipment Includes wheelchair sports equipment, trampoline, ball pit, sensory equipment £235,803 Professional fees Architects, Quantity Surveyors etc £133,837 Contingency Additional budget if needed £124,404 Tender uplift 5% £383,665 VAT VAT added on all applicable items
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Trust funding - banked £499,950 Guaranteed Trust funding pledged £810,000 Conditional Freemasons, Lions, Livery Companies etc £166,950 Guaranteed Corporates £9,935 Guaranteed Community fundraising £12,103 Guaranteed Events £51,992 Guaranteed Individuals £38,875 Guaranteed In memorium £12,478 Guaranteed Friends of Chailey Heritage £100,000 Guaranteed Other £347,784 Guaranteed
The Dream Centre will be based at Chailey Heritage Foundation, East Sussex. Chailey Heritage Foundation is situated in a rural location where there is a lack of accessible sporting and leisure facilities for those with complex physical disabilities. Families often have to travel long distances to access the facilities they need which can be challenging and time consuming as many of the young people have very bulky wheelchairs and require specially adapted vehicles to transport them.
The project will directly benefit all the young people who attend Chailey Heritage School or live with us in our residences (currently 110 children and young people). It will also benefit the young adults who live in the community and visit our Life Skills Centre (currently 120 young adults). We also plan to hire The Dream Centre out to other organisations, disability groups and charities so that the facilities can benefit the wider community.
Chailey Heritage Foundation has been supporting children and young people with disabilities for more than 100 years. Today, we are recognised as one of the UK’s leading centres for children and young adults with neurological motor impairment such as cerebral palsy, and we have a national reputation for our work in supporting young people’s communication and developing independence through powered mobility. Our School has been rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted over three consecutive inspections.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive
Helen will chair an internal advisory group at Chailey Heritage Foundation.
Mark Creamer, Vice Chair Of Trustees
Mark is a Chartered Surveyor and UK Managing Director of CBRE Ltd. He will oversee the project as Chair of the Trustees’ Property Reference Group
Simon Yates, Headteacher
Simon chaired the Consultation Group of representatives from all parts of the Foundation. This group shared their ideas for the new centre.
Sally-Anne Murray, Developement Director
Sally-Anne works closely with the Chief Executive and Trustees to has responsibility for raising the necessary funds to build the Dream Centre