Fraserburgh Family Centre officially opened

Cllr Brian Topping, Shane (young person who lived at the old Scalloway Park), Sasha (resident of Scalloway Park), Cllr Alison Evison, Cllr Charles Buchan, Provost of Aberdeenshire Hamish Vernal
Cllr Brian Topping, Shane (young person who lived at the old Scalloway Park), Sasha (resident of Scalloway Park), Cllr Alison Evison, Cllr Charles Buchan, Provost of Aberdeenshire Hamish Vernal

The new £1.5 million Fraserburgh Family Centre was officially opened by the Provost of Aberdeenshire, Hamish Vernal, on Friday.

The centre replaces the old Family Resource Centre on Bervie Road and will work with around 230 Broch children and their families.

Provost Vernal said: “From tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow. The tiny acorn at Bervie Road many years ago started off this process and it has not ended here - this is just the next stage in the journey.

“The plan was to build a purpose-built facility with increased accessibility and modern facilities but retain the warmth of the old building and I really think the council has succeeded in that respect.”

Alison Evison, Chair of the Education, Learning & Leisure Committee, said: “It is very welcoming, bright and cheerful and it’s great to see all the resources here so children from birth right up to the age of 18 can come and learn with their parents how to play and so families can spend time together.

“I hope it’s going to be used for a very long time by many families here in Fraserburgh.”

The council has also invested £1.1m in the construction of a replacement children’s home at Scalloway Park.

The new building has six bedrooms for young people as well space for full-time staff members, a spacious kitchen, sitting room and multi-purpose room.

Social worker Natasha McDuma said: “Our old building had served its purpose and this beautiful new home is absolutely fantastic.

“It has given us more space, we do heaps more with the kids, it is a home away from home.”