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New Family Centre Will Be Scottish Showpiece

May 25, 2009 12:11 PM

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A new specially designed child and family centre, the first of its kind in Scotland, is to be built in Drumchapel and scheduled to open next Spring.

Around £6million will be invested in the development of Drumchapel Child and Family Centre, which for the first time will offer a “one stop shop” combination of services for families with disabled children, not only in West Glasgow, but also covering parts of East and West Dunbartonshire as well, serving a population of around a quarter of a million.

The majority of the funding has come from the Scottish Government, with the rest from West Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) and funding channelled through Glasgow Community Planning Partnership. There has also been a substantial grant from the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation to take the centre from what would have been excellence to exceptional.

It will be managed by West Glasgow CHCP Children’s Services, and Allison Morrison, Team Lead for Community Child Health, said:

“This centre will be totally integrated with services including social work, doctors, physiotherapy, occupational therapists and mental health professionals. The quality of the facilities for children, young people and their families will be terrific and certainly nothing that I have ever seen before.

“It will be primarily for children and young people with all kinds disabilities and developmental difficulties, and will cater for babies right up to 18-year-olds. However we also see it providing services for many other groups of children and young people in need including services to support families.

“Families will be able to come to the one address and see a whole range of different professionals who will be working side by side to help and support them.”

Councillor Paul Carey, member for Drumchapel/Anniesland and Chair of West Community Planning Partnership, will cut the first sod at a special ceremony on Friday, May 22.

He said: “I am delighted to see this flagship development get under way. It has been made possible by all partners - the Council, the NHS and Community Planning - working together to create first class services for children and families in Drumchapel. This is a perfect example of partnership working delivering for the community.”

Matt Ford, Head of Children’s Service for the CHCP, added: “The new Child and Family Centre is a key development for the integration of West CHCP Children’s Services and will offer a new enhanced level of service for our Children and Young People.”

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