Ambitious plans have been drawn up by the Elsie Normington Foundation to put smiles on the faces of children and young people in our communities who most deserve our help. The Foundation aims to develop a specialist multi-purpose facility in Inverness called the Haven Centre for children and young people up to the age of 30 with multiple and complex needs. The Centre will provide support to people across the Highlands. It will be the ﬁrst fully integrated facility of its kind in Scotland. A brownﬁeld site has been identiﬁed on Murray Road, Smithton, Inverness, formerly the Culloden Court Nursing Home before a ﬁre destroyed the building. The site, which has lain disused since the ﬁre in October 2010, is owned by The Highland Council, who have given the Foundation a three-year option to purchase land required for the Haven Centre.
3D Render of the proposed Haven Centre
It is proposed to build three two-bedroomed respite houses, a community café to be run as a community enterprise, specialist play centres – both indoor and outdoor – as well ofﬁce space, a number of meeting spaces and a community garden. Vital support is being provided by Direct Childcare, who will provide the child care in the specialist play centres and Key Community Supports, who have wide experience in housing support, short breaks and community support to adults with learning difﬁculties. It is estimated that 40 jobs will be created during construction and that the Haven Centre will operate with 19 full-time and 11 part-time workers. There will also be signiﬁcant opportunities for volunteering. Smithton Residents’ Association have given 100 per cent support for the project, recognising the development of a derelict site, the community involvement in the café and outdoor garden and the opportunities for employment and volunteering.
To find out more about each part of the Haven Centre please click the image to find out more.
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