Mayor leads campaign to retain Foyle Haven

Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor Elisha McCallion. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 01.04.15
Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor Elisha McCallion. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 01.04.15
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Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Councillor Elisha McCallion has said there is a commitment in the city to do everything possible to retain services at the Foyle Haven centre.

Speaking following an emergency meeting that was organised by the Mayor today to discuss the future of Foyle Haven, she said there was huge support for the staff and users of the Foyle Haven.

Colr. McCallion added that there was also a commitment from the relevant stakeholders to continue to support the campaign to retain services.

The Foyle Haven provides accommodation, food and support services to vulnerable members of the local community including the homeless and street drinkers. The service is currently at risk of closing as funding is running out.

Mayor McCallion said: “We had a very positive and productive emergency meeting today with all the relevant stakeholders including the Housing Executive, Western Trust, PSNI and Council, with all of them pledging to support the campaign for the Foyle Haven and to do all we can to secure funding for the service.

“There was general recognition of the essential service the Foyle Haven provides for vulnerable members of our community and I am delighted that there is joint support for the campaign.”