Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Holiday centre for adults with learning difficulties opens

A new centre offering short breaks for adults with learning difficulties and complex needs has officially opened in the capital.

The council-run eight bed unit at Firrhill in Edinburgh will provide short stays for 60 people.

The aim is for the users to enjoy new surroundings and to meet new people.

It will give their families and carers the chance to have some time on their own.

People using the service are actively encouraged to make new friends and to develop independent living skills.

They are also given the opportunity to go on trips to the cinema, local shops, places of interest and walks.

Edinburgh councillor Paul Edie said: "Caring for someone is a demanding, and difficult job and both the cared for person and their families can benefit immensely from these short breaks.

"The user can build up their social skills and independence while the carer gets a much-needed break from the tough demands placed on them.

"Without this type of support many families would struggle to carry on with the daily pressures of caring for someone in their home."

Firrhill, which will eventually support more than 70 people, replaces the former six-bed unit at Currie which was set up in 1987.

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