Your first look at H&F’s state-of-the-art new centre for Disabled young people

You’re invited to be among the first through the doors of Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s ground-breaking new centre for Disabled children and young people.

The state-of-the-art Stephen Wiltshire Centre will be a unique base for families to find support, activities, and events. Staff will help young people reach their full potential by working with families to tailor services to their needs.  

It is being built in the grounds of Queens Manor Primary School in Queensmill Road, Fulham, but will be open to all H&F families. The entire £6 million project has been funded by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

“We’ve been working with families to create a centre which will help young people with disabilities thrive,” said Cllr Sue Macmillan, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education.

“It’s really exciting to be able to welcome you and show you what the centre has to offer and how you can have a say in the services it will provide in the future.”

Tour the new centre

You can come and find out more at The Stephen Wiltshire Centre open day on Monday 12 March. You’ll be able to meet the staff and tour the new centre from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

Benefits for Queens Manor School

The development includes a new support unit for children with special educational needs at Queens Manor Primary School as well as accessible play equipment.

Who is Stephen Wiltshire?

The centre has been named after incredible artist Stephen Wiltshire who has autism. He has a reputation for drawing amazingly detailed cityscapes having only seen them for a brief amount of time.

He was unable to communicate verbally when he arrived at Queensmill School in Askham Road, Shepherds Bush, aged five. Teachers noticed his love of drawing and how he communicated with the world through it.

Thanks to their encouragement, he received his first commission – from the Prime Minister – to draw Salisbury Cathedral, when he was just eight years old.

With the help of his school and his family, he was able to speak fully a year later.

Now 43, he has exhibited work all over the world, was awarded an MBE in 2006, and opened his own art gallery in central London.

Find out more about the Stephen Wiltshire Centre

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