A centre to support children and young people with severe and complex needs.
Children and young people with learning disabilities need a place to ‘call their own’. Although many with learning disabilities can be meaningfully integrated in mainstream environments, a specialist place to play and socialise is crucial to their individual inclusion within their limited world. Providing such a place to develop potential and purposeful activity with fun, laughter, enjoyment, safety and protection is paramount in their development as they grow through their childhood and teenage years.
The Haven Project will provide a specially adapted indoor and outdoor play facility which will also include a community cafe. This cafe will encourage volunteering with adults from the community and also provide some supported places for young adults with learning difficulties. Three residential flats will also provide valuable overnight respite accommodation to give parents a much needed break from their caring responsibilities and the young people can still access the leisure facilities while on a short break.
And finally, the Highland Council plan to build some supported housing for young adults with learning difficulties which will encourage a meaningful transition into adulthood and ultimately some meaningful levels of independence.
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The Haven Center will offer a variety of facilities to the community, some of which are listed below:
The Coffee shop will be run as a community facility open to parents who will use the centre and also open to all the members of the public. The facility will provide work placements for teenagers and young adults. There will also be volunteering opportunities for people to get involved in the life of the centre, doing various tasks.
There will be a community garden where the land can be used for growing vegetables and plants. This will be in partnership with the local Smithton community. Opportunities for work placements with young adults will also be developed.
The play centre will provide a range of services for children and young people, who will attend the centre after school and during school holidays. They will receive specialist playcare opportunities to socialise with others who are their peers. The centre will be fully adapted to enable accessibility, also incorporating a sensory room, soft play area, art, kitchen and quiet area.
The Respite flats will provide overnight accommodation and care for young adults. There are three flats - one on the ground floor fully adapted and accessible and two flats on the upper floor. These will flats will be available for hire, where a young person can bring their own carer with them, or the flat can be hired with care provided by Key Community Supports