THC New Centre

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Until autumn 2013, the Tony Hawks Centre operated out of extremely cramped premises which restricted the provision of high-quality care. It was only these cramped conditions that prevented the Centre receiving a 100% rating from the State Insurance Company when audited in 2011.

New premises were essential to develop the direct service provision as well as creating the opportunities to achieve greater involvement of parents into the rehabilitation process by adapting multifunctional therapy programmes.

Tony Hawks, writer and comedian, has sponsored the Centre from its very beginning and said:

“We are at a crossroads now. The need for the new centre to grow is overwhelming. Moldovan politicians are waking up to the fact that this kind of healthcare should be provided by the state – but a walk around the Children’s Hospital in Chisinau will reveal just how much money needs to be spent elsewhere – and the government just doesn’t have the money”

After a relatively short planning and building period, we have now been delighted to have opened both phases of the building sensory room

Phase 1 consists of three therapy rooms (including a brand new fully equipped sensory room sponsored by the Rotary Club of Wednesfield) so that the various disciplines are not getting in each others way (or working in the staff kitchen as previously), a large therapy hall and meeting room with a welcoming reception area for the children and their families.

Phase 2 consists of a hydro-therapy pool (one of only two fully functional and effective such pools in Moldova), toy library, orthoses prep area and training room.

Tony Hawks has made a film of his bestselling book, "Playing the Moldovans at Tennis". The film is available on DVD or by streaming - Tony asks for donations and all proceeds go towards the new centre. For more details go to our shop page

Future Plans

The building has a large flat roof area above the second phase. Plans are to erect a glass frame to cover the whole area. This can then be used for additional therapy rooms, rooms were the children can have additional homework and computer lessons, a hall area which could be used for training and lecture purposes - and even hired out in order to raise funds.

The new Centre has made a real difference to hundreds of severely disabled and chronically ill children’s lives. Key objectives are:

  • To improve access to a wider range of therapeutic care and family support services within one multidisciplinary therapy centre.
  • Creating a child-friendly, welcoming environment in which disabled children and parents have an improved and more integrated assessment of their needs
  • Avoiding duplication and unnecessary delays

  • Avoiding multiple visits and the need to retell their story many times

  • Avoiding isolation of children and parents (children benefit from being with other disabled children realising that their difficulties are not unique. Parents see they are not alone) 
  • Ensuring that children and parents have their needs met more rapidly, appropriately and efficiently.  Different therapies are conducted in separate and specially equipped rooms, so providing personal dignity and privacy for every child
  • Increasing the range of available therapies to include Hydrotherapy, Portage and more intensive Speech and Language therapy
  • Ensuring that therapies or referrals for surgical interventions are introduced at the right time
  • Supporting more children and their parents - with larger premises and by structuring visits to the Centre more efficiently, we can increase the overall number of treatments. 
  • Specialists are together under one roof; e.g. while a child is receiving therapy a parent can consult a social worker
  • Creating more training facilities for specialist staff and parents. Already known for being a centre of excellence, practises can be shared and transferred 
  • Laying a firm foundation from which this model can be replicated across the region

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