Our History

Apasen is a leading charitable organisation in East London, serving the needs of people with learning & multiple disabilities, their carers and family relatives.

The origins of Apasen go back to 1984 when it was first formed by a group of parents with the help of a social worker at Beatrice Tate Special School (the school for children with severe learning difficulties), and the Liaison Officer from the Ethnic Minorities Team of London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

By 1987 Apasen became a registered UK Charity for the first time. With the help of London Borough of Tower Hamlets and other supporters, staff were recruited and new premises were found. Apasen then slowly developed from a modest informal parents group to a funded community organisation providing a wide range of essential services on a borough wide level.

By 1993 Apasen was awarded a 3 year grant to run a new Day Care Project for Bangladeshi adults with disabilities. Its immediate success and popularity led in 1994 created opportunity to move into larger premises, situated on the ground floor of The Brady Centre in Hanbury Street, London E1, which enabled the organisation to house all its services under one roof.

Through proven capability to better meet the social care needs of the Bangladeshi community, Apasen grew organically in response to demand for a wider range of services. Between 2000 to 2002 it piloted a Home Care Service with a more culturally appropriate approach towards meeting the needs of service users in their own homes. Today this same service delivers over 2800 hours of home care provision each week, to all sectors of the community.

Since 2008 Apasen has had to adapt and align its service provision to the Government’s Personalisation Agenda and the radical change staking place to modernise the social care sector by putting ‘people first’. This has included a compete revision of our quality policy & procedures and a significant investment in training our staff and managers to have the skills and competences demanded by our service users and commissioners. Today the Care Quality Commission has confirmed us compliant with the quality outcomes it has set following external inspection of Apasen.

In 2010 our service provision progressed outside the borough of Tower Hamlets, and has continued to since. Apasen now has a Day Care Centre facility in Croydon and a Residential Respite Care Home for Learning Disabilities in the borough of Redbridge.

In November 2011 Apasen moved to a purpose built centre at Carmine Wharf, 30 Copenhagen Place, London E14 7FF to cater for the needs of local communities in the heart of East London and beyond. The opening ceremony of new Apasen Community Hub, was inaugurated by LutfurRahman, Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets, and Maria Miller MP, Minister of Disabled People, on Tuesday 22nd May 2012.

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