East Park Opening Event

Head of Care giving Mr Swinney a tour.Audience Mr Swinney, pupil Liam and executive director Judy CromartyExecutive director giving speech

On the 9th of September East Park warmly welcomed John Swinney, Deputy First Minister & Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, to meet children, families and staff as well as tour our wonderful new facilities, which have recently been completed.

As many of you know, the £3 million development of additional classrooms and residential accommodation has increased facilities to enable East Park to support more children with complex additional support needs from across Scotland.

The new service has been specifically designed for children with highly intensive behavioural support needs related to their learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who struggle to make sense of the social world around them and have difficulty sharing their living and learning space with others.  The service provides a nurturing calm environment, where sensory stimulation can be readily controlled, minimizing the child's anxieties and supporting the child to develop coping strategies which will facilitate and enhance their socialization skills.

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney said: "I am extremely grateful to the pupils, families and staff of East Park for inviting me along to help them celebrate the launch of these fantastic new facilities. This development will make a real difference to the lives of the children and young people here. It is clear a huge amount of work has already been done to ensure that the young people of East Park have the support and resources they need to reach their full learning potential and these new facilities will only enhance that."

Our consistent child-focussed approach and ethos which is promoted and practiced across all of East Park services, has resulted in positive outcomes, even for those young people who have come to East Park having challenged other services to the point of exclusion and breakdown, and has contributed to our ability to sustain those placements until the young person moves through a successful transition to adult services.  Our new facilities are invaluable in helping us to improve our service and meet growing need into the future.

Everyone at East Park is extremely grateful for all the support that has been so generously given.  Many organisations and individuals have donated the much needed funds to enable these wonderful new classrooms and residences to be built.  We now look forward to being able to help even more young people as we move into 2017 and beyond.