New trustees appointed to the Elsie Normington Foundation board

FOUR new trustees have been appointed to the Elsie Normington Foundation board to support the development of the charity as it enters an exciting new phase.

Iain Stewart, former Chief Executive Officer of NHS Orkney, will support the Elsie Normington Foundation with its strategic development as it looks to outline its vision for The Haven Centre over the next five years, while Helen Aird, a marketing, communications and public relations exceutive with Inverness College UHI, and Iain Boyd, former marketing project co-ordinator for the charity, join the Board to support the development of its marketing, communications and engagement strategy. Anne-Marie Harmsworth, a Supported Education lecturer at Inverness College UHI, who has over 15 years’ experience teaching young adults with moderate and complex needs, joins to support the development of education provision at the centre and its community garden.

Elsie Normington, Chair of the Foundation, said: “The charity is entering a new phase with the development of The Haven Centre, and I am delighted to welcome Iain, Helen, Iain and Anne-Marie onto the Board. Each of them bring different skills and experiences, which will support the development of The Haven Centre as we move through the contact award and construction phase to the realisation of our vision for Scotland’s first multi-purpose centre for children and young adults with multiple disabilities and complex needs.”

The Elsie Normington Foundation was set up as a charity in May 2013 to raise funds to build The Haven Centre and earlier this year reached its fundraising target of £4 million. Ongoing fundraising continues through The Haven Appeal to enhance services and expand the opportunities created by The Haven Centre, which will address a shortage of accessible respite and services for children and young adults with severe, profound and multiple learning disabilities in the Highlands and Islands.

The contract to build The Haven Centre in Murray Road, Smithton, is currently out for tender.

When complete, The Haven Centre will comprise three two-bedroom respite flat for young adults up to the age of 30, an indoor specialist play centre with childcare facilities, a community café, meeting spaces and outdoor garden.

New Elsie Normington Foudation trustees – Iain Stewart, Helen Aird, Iain Boyd & Anne-Marie Harmsworth