The Isobel Centre

The Isobel Centre for Families brings together specialist advice and professional support services in one location to improve the life chances of children with severe sensory impairments and other complex health challenges. This setting, where our specialist advice and professional support service work in partnership with families, has a significant impact in providing integrated support and advice and helping parents to acquire the knowledge and confidence they need.

Linden Lodge School and the Sensory Support Services (comprising of Wandsworth Hearing Support and Wandsworth Vision Support Services) provide education, care and support to 800+ deaf, visually impaired, deafblind and complex-needs children and their families from birth to 19 years.

The Family Centre gives the families we support access to an unparalleled range of information and training.  It also offers them, for the first time, a fully accessible venue to share experiences with others facing the same challenges.

The 500m² Centre comprises:

  • A meeting room, allowing 5-10 meetings per week to take place
  • A training room, allowing for up to 20 hours of parent training per week for 25 parents per session
  • A home intervention room set up as a mock home where teachers can demonstrate a range of ways to improve a child’s communication, learning and development from a young age right up to the transition to independent living
  • A parent support room for counselling and emotional support immediately after diagnosis. This also provides an invaluable space for family support groups
  • A knowledge hub to give parents and professionals access to the latest information. It also houses a video conference facility so that professionals can link up
  • A multi-space that enables us to run ten after school clubs per week. Clubs can take up to eight children - enabling 80 families per week to benefit from extra respite. The space is also used to run holiday activity clubs and host birthday parties at weekends
  • A professionals’ workspace as a hub for outreach workers to meet and share expertise and experience with each other
  • An Audiology Suite so parents can have their children’s hearing tested in a friendly local venue outside the sometimes stressful environment of the hospital