To celebrate the start of construction at Mencap’s new Children and Families’ Centre, Mencap in Northern Ireland’s Acting Director Paschal McKeown (centre) recently joined Una Brown, Project Manager for Mencap and Gary Clements, a Mencap Young Ambassador and graduate of Segal House nursery, to lay the ceremonial first brick.
The centre, located on the site of the former Newtownbreda Primary School, will open in early 2016 and will be the new home of the relocated Segal House, a nursery for 2 to 4-year-olds with a learning disability, autism and developmental delay. The building will also provide support for families of children who attend Segal House.
“We are delighted to celebrate this important milestone for Mencap’s new Children and Families Centre,” Paschal said. “This project is a being made possible thanks to the generosity of the public as well as tireless work by our staff and volunteers.
“We launched the Big Step Forward Appeal in October 2014 to raise the much needed public funds to help build, run and equip the new centre, and we are incredibly grateful to every individual, organisation and business that has supported us so far.
“But even though the bricks are set, we still need to reach our goal of £1.7million to finish the job. We hope the public continues to support Mencap and our Big Step Forward Appeal – our new centre it will be a hugely valuable addition to our services in Northern Ireland.”