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The Haven Centre

Published: 18 Mar 2021 10:06

Scottish Government to support new centre for disabled young people in Inverness.

Funding for a new centre for disabled children and young people across the Highlands has been approved.

Ministers have committed up to £1.75 million in Scottish Government capital funding for the Haven Centre in Inverness, a project run by charity the Elsie Normington Foundation.

The Haven Centre is a multi-purpose facility for disabled children and young people comprising respite flats, an indoor and outdoor play centre, childcare facilities and a community café. The project will create around 50 jobs during the construction phase and around 30 jobs once the Centre is operational.

The Foundation has been successful in securing funds of over £2 million to date and this award from Scottish Government will enable them to meet their funding target and begin construction.

The Foundation will continue to pursue funding applications which, if successful, will reduce Scottish Government’s contribution.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:

“The Haven Centre will be a welcome addition to support for disabled children, young people and their families in the Highlands. The new facilities will bring many other community benefits and I am very pleased the Scottish Government has been able to support this project.”

Elsie Normington said:

““I am thrilled that the Scottish Government has pledged its full support for the construction of the Haven Centre, enabling us to start building this year. When my own son, Andrew, was growing up, this was the centre I wish had existed for him.

“For the next generation of children with learning disabilities and complex needs, the Haven Centre will be a place where young people can get together and have fun in a building that suits their needs. This pledge validates all the hours of work, and thousands of generous donations from across our community, over the last eight years. We wish to thank the Scottish Government, and every other organisation and individual who has supported the project in getting to this stage. This is just the beginning, and we hope you’ll stay with us on this exciting journey.”