The Tower Project is a long established and major community based voluntary sector organisation that has developed a reputation for excellent services and community engagement. It has successfully provided a range of services for disabled children, young people and adults in East London, engaging and contributing to activities related to both the local and national voluntary sector.
Many East London boroughs are acknowledged as having some of the highest levels of deprivation in the United Kingdom along with a significant population of children and adults with disabilities. For many years a range of initiatives have been taken to address both the need to provide services to the disabled community and implement regeneration initiatives. This has included the development of a diverse and multifaceted voluntary sector that has been a key player in local and regional regeneration activity and service provision.
The Tower Project is an active organisation within the voluntary sector supporting the disabled community within London. The disabled community will continue to make on-going and increasing demands for the services provided by the Tower Project that will give greater choice and independence for the individual.
Since its establishment the Tower Project has been successfully providing a range of services for children and adults with disabilities that include:
• Respite Services
• Day opportunities services for people with physical disabilities
• Day opportunities services for people with Autism
• Day opportunities services for people with learning disabilities
• After-School clubs
• Children's Holiday schemes
• Advocacy services
• Employment services
• Education and training projects
• Youth Services
• Adult leisure services
• Supported living & Residential Services
The Tower Project will continue to expand and broaden its services with the intention of supporting the disabled community.
The Tower Project is a well-established voluntary sector organisation that has been in existence since 1982. During this time, it has successfully provided a range of services for both children, adults, and families with disabilities in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and beyond.
In 1999 the Tower Project received a grant from The National Lottery to enable the re-development of their premises (a former school building which was previously Stepney Greencoat School) - including a sensory room and music room in the basement of the building, along with an area that would incorporate video and photography.
During this same year, the Tower Project were able to employ a full-time Deaf Advocacy and Development Worker. In partnership with the Deaf Children's Society they grew a Summer Scheme and After School Club which gave them to opportunity to enormously increase their support for young people with hearing impairments.
Following a year of extensive redevelopment and intensive building work and thanks to funding from the National Lottery, the Whitehorse Road premises was transformed and to this very day provides a model, purpose built community controlled facility for young people and adults with learning disabilities and or physical disabilities in the Tower Hamlets.
In 2004, Tower Project acquired a site in the Isle of Dogs, to provide bespoke services specifically for people living with an Autism Spectrum Condition. The service has attained accreditation through The National Autistic Society.