Lady Eames helped create a small piece of history in Londonderry on Friday afternoon when she opened the Foyle Child Contact Centre’s new premises in Londonderry – making it the first child contact centre in Northern Ireland to have sole use of its own premises.
The new facility, in the Diamond, will provide a warm, welcoming environment in which children can spend quality time with a parent or other family member with whom they are not living.
Foyle Child Contact Centre was set up in 2005 – with grant support from Mothers’ Union and the Church of Ireland Board of Social Responsibility – to meet the need for a safe, welcoming, neutral, child-centred facility. Since then it has been supported, too, by the Western Health and Social Care Trust. In the last 13 years, the centre has facilitated contact for 777 families and almost 2,000 children