New respite lounge for Lisalanna

SCOTLAND’s 7s co-captain Robbie Fergusson was delighted to be on hand recently to open the Wooden Spoon Lounge at the Action for Children Lisalanna facility in Cumnock.

Lisalanna provides a respite service to children and young people aged from 5 to 18, including children with moderate to profound learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities, multi-sensory impairment and complex healthcare needs, and those with challenging behaviour.

The service helps children to realise their potential through communication, socialisation and interaction, personal care and life skills. The Wooden Spoon Scotland team were very happy to visit the East Ayrshire facility which is run by Action for Children on October 19 to see first hand the great work that goes on there.

Thanks to funds raised and donated by Wooden Spoon – as well as Hugh Fraser CRERAR, Mugdock and James Weir – part of the facility has been redeveloped and that will make a big difference for young people in the area and their parents and carers going forward.

Action for Children Lisalanna

Local council depute provost Claire Leitch – who helped unveil the new lounge – said: “Thanks to the redesign, there are now rooms available to give children and young people with additional needs an incredible provision of service and support.

“Having something like this for Cumnock and Doon Valley is amazing and it means that the young people who need the additional support and respite are staying in the local community.”

Former service user Deryn Brown is positive about Lisalanna’s future. He said: “This service has meant quite a bit to me. I spent 10 years here and I’ve really enjoyed it. It has got me to where I am today. As long as it continues to help people with special needs, it’s going to be thriving.”

Fergusson, who grew up nearby and will soon be off travelling the world with the Scotland 7s team, said: “I think the work that goes on a Lisalanna is quite amazing. I have been lucky enough to have a tour of the facilities and meet Deryn and other youngsters and their parents.

“It is great that Wooden Spoon has been able to help out here.”

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Photographs courtesy of Scottish Rugby/SNS Images.