Revamp for Oakdene Respite Centre

Published: 17 October 2014

Oakdene, a council-run respite care centre for disabled children, has been upgraded thanks to property developer, Lend Lease.

The nine-bed centre in Tooting opened in 2016 and provides a respite service for children with a learning disability or physical disability whose parents need regular breaks. It also has four bedrooms for children and young people who may need longer-term care or are in the care of the council.

Lend Lease funded the work, which was carried out by decorating company Winchmore, All communal areas were decorated using a colour scheme chosen by the children and staff at the centre.

The work took one week and has vastly improved the look and feel of the area for the children and their families visiting the centre.

Richard Cook, Lend Lease’s Head of Residential, said: “It is our great pleasure to have been able to work with the team at Oakdene to improve the facilities for the children, families and staff that visit the centre each day.

“We have been working with Wandsworth Council for a number of years and look forward to aiding them in other community projects in the coming years.”

Wandsworth Council’s children’s services spokesman Cllr Kathy Tracey said: “We’re delighted to have worked with Lendlease on this project, and I would like to thank them for their ongoing support. It means this fantastic facility that does so much to help local families is now even better.”

Find out about support for children with a disability and their families from the council’s Family Information Service.