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Aberdeen Lord Provost officially opens city’s newest children’s home

04/12/13

A new children's home for Aberdeen, which will provide residential accommodation for six young people, has been officially opened.

Fourteen year old Neil Cochrane with Helen McKenzie (L) marchburn Road team leader & Shona Manson ( Children's Services Manager ,Social Care and Wellbeing) Marchburn Road Children's Home in the city's Northfield area will provide a safe, caring and nurturing environment for vulnerable 12-18-year-olds.

Lord Provost Councillor George Adam officially opened the centre today [Wednesday 04 December] accompanied by representatives from Aberdeen City Council, NHS Grampian, Police Scotland and community groups.

The home features six en suite bedrooms, an open plan kitchen and dining area and a family room providing a private area for visits by relatives and friends.

It will be staffed by a team manager, a senior support worker and 13 support staff.

Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam said: "This fantastic facility is evidence of the city's commitment to providing safe, secure and, most importantly, appropriate accommodation for looked after children in Aberdeen.

"This is a place where vulnerable children can feel cared for and valued by trusted and trained adults and somewhere they can be nurtured, looked after and challenged as they negotiate the right paths in their lives."

Aberdeen City Council Director of Social Care and Wellbeing Liz Taylor added: "As a Council we firmly believe that Aberdeen's vulnerable children should be cared for in the city where possible.

"Marchburn Road is one element of our strategy to achieve this by ensuring young people stay close to home for care and avoid any unnecessary upheaval by being placed many miles away from family and friends.

"We want our young people, with our support and the support of other organisations in the city, to develop into adults who care about themselves and those around them and who will make a positive contribution to Aberdeen and the wider world."

Aberdeen City Council Convener of Social Care and Wellbeing Councillor Len Ironside CBE said: "The opening of Marchburn Road is a clear message to our looked after children that we care about them, we value them and we want them to have the best possible support in life to achieve their aspirations and ambition. Fourteen year old Neil Cochrane playing football with PC kevin Lynch,Northfield Academy Police Liason Officer.

"Of course, we cannot undertake this work on our own and we are thankful to all the organisations in the city that help make a real difference in our children's lives.

"We are all corporate parents to these children and we are all charged with the responsibility of ensuring that our children will be successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

"We want our young people to have improved life chances and lead their lives free from crime, disorder and danger and I am in no doubt Marchburn Road will help achieve that."

Keith Taylor, Regional Managing Director at Robertson said: "Working with the Council's design team we have delivered a modern, comfortable building for all the children that will come here.

"Built around a timber frame we have used natural materials to soften the feel of the centre which we felt was important for a project like this.

"Construction was completed on time and on budget and we are pleased with the end result – we hope the people that use Marchburn Road will find a welcoming space to call home."