Mencap has launched its ‘Big Step Forward’ Appeal today (8 October) and has called on the public to join them in raising the £1.7 million needed to build, equip and run a new Children and Families’ Centre, which will provide children and young people with a learning disability with the right support and opportunities to flourish and achieve their potential.
At the heart of the new centre will be Mencap’s relocated Segal House nursery for 2 to 4 year-olds with a learning disability, autism and developmental delay, which will open on the site of the old Newtownbreda Primary School in January 2016.
Welcoming guests to the appeal launch at the MAC in Belfast, James Martin, a Mencap Young Ambassador who attended Segal House nursery in the 1990s, urged people to get behind the appeal, “I remember going to Segal House and a lot of the fantastic staff, especially Audrey. Segal House helped me to speak and got my hands going, thanks to physio. I want more children to have what I had. Please support Mencap’s Big Step Forward appeal.”