Mencap in Northern Ireland’s dream of building a centre for children with a learning disability and their families took a big step forward today (27 November) when Derek Lewis Mencap’s chair, cut the first sod at the official ground-breaking ceremony in Newtownbreda.
The £4.6 million centre will bring the therapeutic care, information and support children with a learning disability and their families need under one roof. At its heart will be Mencap’s relocated Segal House nursery for 2 to 4 year-olds with a learning disability, autism and developmental delay.
Mencap’s chief executive, Jan Tregelles, joined over 100 guests for the celebration, including children who attend Segal House Nursery, their parents, nursery graduates, major donors, Mencap supporters and staff. Three- year-old Gemma McKinley, who attends Segal House Nursery and Peter Livingstone, who was at the nursery in the early 1990s, ably assisted Mencap’s chair to cut the first sod.