The Haven Centre

About the Elsie Normington Foundation

The Elsie Normington Foundation was set up in May 2013 by learning disability campaigner Elsie Normington. The charity’s vision is to create opportunities for children and young adults with severe, profound and multiple learning disabilities and complex needs in the Highlands and Islands, so they can lead a rich social life, access facilities where their needs are met and make new friends. In April 2021 the charity reached its fundraising target of £4 million to build the Haven Centre, Scotland’s first multi-purpose centre for children and young adults with severe learning disabilities and complex needs.

Help us, to help them

The Elsie Normington Foundation continues to fundraise to support operational costs, enhance services and expand opportunities created by the Haven Centre in Inverness and the wider Highlands and Islands. Every donation will help. If you wish to donate please either contact us or visit our gofundme page. Thank you in advance for your donation, it means so much to us.

The Haven Centre

Ambitious plans were drawn up by the Elsie Normington Foundation to put smiles on the faces of children and young people in our communities who most deserve our help. The Foundation has developed a specialist multi-purpose facility in Inverness called the Haven Centre for children and young people up to the age of 30 with multiple and complex needs. The Centre will provide support to people across the Highlands. It is the first fully integrated facility of its kind in Scotland. A brownfield site was identified on Murray Road, Smithton, Inverness, formerly the Culloden Court Nursing Home before a fire destroyed the building. The site, which has lain disused since the fire in October 2010, is now owned by the Elsie Normington Foundation. Building started in March 2022 and was completed in June 2023.