The decision by Health Minister Edwin Poots not to support funding for a Family Support Hub to serve the Outer West of Derry has been greeted with disappointment by Sinn Fein Councillor Eric McGinley.
A proposal had been put forward to find a new Support Hub to serve Ballymagraorty. Hazelbank and the surrounding areas. It was anticipated this hub would fall under the care of the Dunluce Family Centre, working in the area for the past 25 years.
However last week Minister Poots said funding would not be made available for any new projects in Derry, which is already served by three support hubs (Waterside, Shantallow and Bogside/Creggan).
Colr. McGinley said: “It is the view of Sinn Féin that the delivery of early intervention services in the Outer West area will best be progressed through the creation of a distinct and separate family support hub.
“The need for such a dedicated and focused arrangement has been well articulated based on the challenges facing families in the Outer West area. It is extremely disappointing that the Health Minister has now ignored this demand despite the acknowledgement of this need from his own staff in the Western Trust.
“Sinn Féin remains committed to the creation of an Outer West family support hub and will continue to pursue this matter until the right decision is taken.”