New centre creates a Haven for the sick

The Haven has expanded.
The Haven has expanded.

The Haven opened a new drop-in centre in the grounds of Wishaw General Hospital on Monday after receiving a Big Lottery Fund Grant of £401,622.

Due to an increase in demand, The Haven, which has centres in Blantyre and Lanark, needed to expand its services into North Lanarkshire and the new Wishaw centre will support people living with long-term illness predominantly cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease.

The centre will offer one-to-one support, counselling, relaxation and complementary therapies to help people through all transitional stages of their condition.

The Haven board chairwoman Dr Rosalie Dunn MBE said: “This exciting new development will enable The Haven to reach out to communities across North and South Lanarkshire and deliver the award-winning proven Haven model of care to more people affected by long term conditions.

“The centre provides much-needed emotional support to carers and their loved ones so that they are more able to cope with illness and caring responsibilities.”

Big Lottery Fund Scotland chairwoman Maureen McGinn added: “This award will enable The Haven to expand its valuable work into a new area.

“Having funded The Haven’s Blantyre centre for the last three years, we know this latest investment will make a huge difference to many more people.”