Destined get MLA’s backing to move to Foyle Valley site

Sinn Fein Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin with members of Destined.
Sinn Fein Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin with members of Destined.

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA and chair of the Assembly’s Health committee Maeve McLaughlin has given her backing for a Derry disability organisation to be relocated to the Foyle Valley Railway Museum.

The future of the railway on Foyle Road is currently under review and its fate is expected to decided over the coming months following consultation and reports commissioned by Derry City Council, which runs the facility.

Speaking following a briefing meeting with the Destined members in their centre in Great James Street on Thursday, Ms McLaughlin said: “The North West needs a Learning Disability Centre that will provide services to people in the Derry City, Strabane, Limavady and Dungiven areas. I fully support the Destined proposals to locate it at the Foyle Valley Railway Museum.”

During the meeting, the Destined group highlighted some of the proposals for the new centre, including a creche and nursery specifically for young children with learning disabilities and the establishment of a support programme for young parents.

The plans also include a new youth club being set up to offer activities to young people, as well as training opportunities and a number of new posts created to deliver the programmes and activities for a range of age groups including an older people’s project.

Destined also propose to maintain the Foyle Valley museum as a going concern and to develop a tourism project around it.