Order of St John Scotland’s Supports the Haven Appeal
ENF welcomes latest boost to Haven Appeal
The Elsie Normington Foundation, which is promoting an ambitious fund-raising campaign to provide in Inverness Scotland’s first integrated centre for children and young adults with multiple and complex needs, has been given another very welcome boost.
It has come from the Order of St John Scotland’s Highland Committee, who have presented the Foundation with a cheque for £1,000 towards the cost of the new Haven Centre – earmarked for a brownfield site at Murray Road, Smithton.
The ENF proposes 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.
Malcolm MacBean, Chairman of the Order of St John Scotland’s Highland Committee, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the appeal to build the Haven Centre, which will provide much needed support to children and young people in the Highlands who have multiple and complex learning difficulties. St John Scotland is a Scottish charity, dedicated to saving and enhancing life and we wish the Elsie Normington Foundation every success with their appeal.”
Chairman of the Elsie Normington Foundation is Elsie Normington, a community development worker, based at the Merkinch Community Centre, whose son Andrew has multiple and complex needs. Andrew is now 33 and lives independently, with support. Elsie set up the Foundation because she recognised the need for services and facilities for children and young people with multiple and complex needs. The launch of her book: “The Silent Doorbell” prompted many parents to express their own need for improved provision for local families. The Foundation seeks to bring inclusion and community to the lives of families and young people transitioning into adulthood
She said: “I am delighted to receive this cheque from yet another community organisation who care about this vision for our most vulnerable in Highlands.”
The Haven Appeal has now raised more than £560,915 towards its target of £4 million.
It is estimated that 40 jobs will be created during construction of the Haven Centre which will operate with 19 full-time and 11 part-time workers. 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.