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About the Elsie Normington Foundation

The Elsie Normington Foundation was set up in May 2013 by learning disability campaigner Elsie Normington.

The charity’s vision is to create opportunities for children and young adults with severe, profound and multiple learning disabilities and complex needs in the Highlands and Islands, so they can lead a rich social life, access facilities where their needs are met and make new friends. In April 2021 the charity reached its fundraising target of £4 million to build the Haven Centre, Scotland’s first multi-purpose centre for children and young adults with severe learning disabilities and complex needs. Located in Inverness, construction of the Haven Centre started in March 2022. 

The Haven Centre

The Haven Centre will be Scotland’s first multi-purpose centre for children and young adults with severe, profound, and multiple learning disabilities and complex needs. It will comprise three two-bedroom respite flats for young adults up to the age of 30, an indoor specialist play centre with childcare facilities, a community café, meeting spaces, and an outdoor garden.

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