Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Press Release - 7th March 2017
First Minister Visits Ardseileach
The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, has taken an opportunity to visit the new Ardseileach Centre in Stornoway, during her recent visit to Lewis. Ardseileach provides residential accommodation to disabled adults, through a series of independent living units clustered around a core residential facility.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“The Scottish Government is committed to improving the lives of people with disabilities. People with all disabilities should be allowed the opportunity to live as independently as possible. Facilities like the Ardseileach Centre provide a vital service in rural locations like Lewis as they enable adults with disabilities to live independently in their community. It was a pleasure to visit the Centre and see how residents are benefitting from the service.”
The First Minister was interested in how disabled people are supported to live independently, exercising choice and control over their lives. Commenting on the First Minister's visit, Paul Dundas, Head of Locality Services within the Health and Social Care Partnership said:
“It was our pleasure to show the First Minister round the new Ardseileach facility today. The core and cluster model was specifically designed to support independent living and that was recognised by the First Minister and her team. It was especially pleasing to see Ardseileach highlighted as an example of best practice. It meant a lot to both members of staff and service users that the First Minister took the time to visit.”
The core residential facility at Ardseileach was opened a number of months ago, with the supported living units due to come on stream within the next few weeks. The new facility was built following a multi-million investment by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and provides a sustainable service model capable of meeting the needs of service users for years to come.