A Tour around the Rose Road Association
By Vincenzo Capozzoli in Schools
Published: Saturday, 08 November 08 - 01:39 PM (GMT)
Last Updated: Thursday, 06 November 08 - 02:08 PM (GMT)
Earlier on this month, myself and councillor Ben Walker (Coxford Ward Councillor) met Heather Aspinall, the Rose Road Associations Chief Executive, for a tour around the facility. The Rose Road Association was founded in 1952 by a small group of parents seeking services for their disabled children. The Rose Road Association celebrated its fifty years with a historic and exciting move to a new state-of-the-art centre 'The Bradbury Centre' at Aldermoor, Coxford and this is the facility that we were we were given a tour of. The Bradbury Centre has been named in recognition of The Bradbury Foundation for their substantial donation.
The Bradbury Centre is a state-of-the art building conveniently located on the outskirts of Southampton, and has been the home of The Rose Road Association for over five years. The centre is built around the Rosewood School which is a non-maintained special school run by the Rose Road Association.In total there are thirty places at the school, all funded by Southampton City Council. They cater for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties between the ages of two and nineteen years. There are currently twenty seven pupils on roll, fifteen boys and twelve girls. There are Sensory Gardens with wheelchair accessible play equipment, an interactive Hydrotherapy Pool, a state of the art Sensory Room, a Soft Play Room and a Food Technology Room.
They also have the “Oaks and the Acorns” area at the centre. The “Oaks and the Acorns” is a residential respite facility registered with Ofstead, offering short-breaks and support for children and young adults in a safe and homely environment. One of the rooms used for children to say in is Saints themed, when it was launched Saints legends Jason Dodd and Francis Benali helped open the room!
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