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Friday, February 23, 2024

Local MSP Hears Progress of Haven Centre

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Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick visited the Haven Centre development in Smithton.

The Haven Centre, run by the Elsie Normington Foundation, aims to be the first multiple-purpose centre for children and young people with learning disabilities and complex needs in Scotland. 

The building project is nearing completion and is expected to open later this year.

Commenting on the visit, Ms Roddick said:

“I was delighted to get an opportunity to visit and hear of the progress of the Haven Centre.

“It is really coming together, and I know that many across the Highlands will be eagerly anticipating its completion.   

“I am very grateful to Elsie, Rona, and the rest of the team for taking the time to show me around and update me on the project’s progress.

“I know how hard they have all worked to bring the Haven Centre to this point and it is a testament to their dedication.

“The community support for the centre is so clear and I understand they’re already receiving offers of help from potential volunteers in the community café.

“This development will be huge for families with folk with learning disabilities in the Highlands, providing much-needed support, including respite. 

“By bringing together multiple services on one integrated site, this project will make the lives of so many across the Highlands a little bit easier and I am very much looking forward to it welcoming its users in the near future.”

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