New therapeutic facility unveiled in Inverness
Children 1st has opened a new therapeutic space for children and families in Inverness. This will greatly help the charity to further existing work supporting children living in kinship families, as well as children affected by traumatic childhood experiences.
On Monday 6 November, a tea and craft session was held with children and their families to mark the official opening of the new facility.
The much-needed space has been made possible thanks to the support of the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation and Highland Cross.
Last year, over 125 children and families were supported by Children 1st in Inverness and the Highlands. The new facility is a welcome addition to their work and will enable the charity to offer further support.
Among those at the unveiling was George McIntyre, a trustee of The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation which gave £3,000 to the project. The Foundation supports a wide range of community projects across the Highlands and Islands and North-east thanks to the legacy of the husband and wife team who led Baxters to global success.
Photo: L-R: George McIntyre, Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation, Julie Kennedy, Children 1st and Calum Munro, Highland Cross
Mr McIntyre said: "To the outsider, this small room might just seem like four walls - albeit very well decorated ones with a beautiful mosaic. To those experiencing complex challenges, this private area will mean so much more. “
"Children 1st is expert in the field of trauma and abuse recovery and this space will enable staff to meet privately with vulnerable groups, working to ensure they are emotionally equipped and empowered for the future."
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “We’re delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are able to continue to support the work of Children 1st in Inverness. This new facility will make a big difference to children and families using it.”
Julie Kennedy, Service Manager for Children 1st said: “Having this dedicated therapeutic space will be a fantastic addition to our work with children and families in the region. We are really delighted to have such great support from a variety of organisations to make this all possible.”