Welcome to the Local Offer webpage for the Moor Lane Respite Centre. Achieving for Children, with Kingston Council, are constructing a new, purpose-built overnight respite facility at the Moor Lane site in Chessington. The building will provide short break care for children and young people who may have multiple disabilities, complex medical needs and challenging behaviour, and who are aged 8 to 17 years. The building will have eight bedrooms, two lounges, an accessible kitchen, and secluded outdoor space. We are excited to be able to work with Kingston Council to develop this new facility that will provide children and young people with quality respite care facilities.
We involved parents, carers and young people in the project in the early stages and your feedback has already shaped and influenced the design of the building. We will continue to seek the views of parents, carers and their children and young people as the project progresses.
We will use this page to keep you up to date with the progress with the build and to share relevant information as it becomes available.
Latest Update : July 2019
Unfortunately, due to the building contractor going into administration, there has been a pause in the building work at the site of the new Centre. However, Kingston Council were able to appoint a new contractor and work re-commenced at the end of June. The photo below shows the current status of the build with the majority of the internal walls built and it is expected that the building will be completed in December this year.
During the pause in the building, work continued on the process to appoint a provider to run the services for AfC. We are pleased to announce that the contract has been awarded to Action for Children. Action for Children are already providing the majority of our respite in Kingston and it is expected that this will make for an easier transition for those children and young people currently using the service. The contract will start in September and once Action for Children have appointed a manager, AfC will work closely with them to prepare for the opening of the Centre in 2020.
After hosting a successful provider event at the Moor Lane Centre to inform potential providers and to answer any questions, the tender documents, including the service specification which was reviewed based on feedback received from the survey, were published on 14 January. The contract to provide an overnight respite at the Moor Lane site in Chessington is for a minimum period of 10 years. The deadline for receipt of tenders is 11 February and a period of evaluation of the tenders will then follow. Once the provider is appointed, AfC will be working with them in order to ensure the best possible provision for our children and young people.
Building work has been progressing as planned and here are two photos of the site taken in mid-January and, as you can see, the walls are finished and the roof structure is going on.