St Colm’s Recognised for its Valuable Role is to Remain Open

St Colms which was threatened with closure by Orkney Islands Council has been praised for the valuable  services it provides to people with learning disabilities.

As a result of a review by Sally Shaw, the Chief Officer of Orkney Health and Care,  St Colm’s will continue and the threat of closure has been lifted.

Sally Shaw said:

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Sally Shaw photo OIC

“My conclusion is that St Colm’s has a valuable role to play in the services we provide for people in our community with learning disabilities.

“I believe that St Colm’s has a positive impact not only on the people who use the centre, but also on their parents and other family members. I can therefore confirm that St Colm’s will continue to be part of the services we provide for individuals with learning disabilities for the foreseeable future.

 “I am very aware that this matter has been a source of upset and anxiety and I have apologised for this. I hope the conclusion of my review will be welcomed along with the decision I have made.

“I will again talk personally with people using the service and to our staff working within St Colm’s and the Lifestyle Centre over the coming weeks.”

St Colm’s has a cafe which is open every Friday – details on their Facebook page – Wood B’Good, St Colms Cards and Cafe –  which we at Orkney News can personally highly recommend.

The St Colm’s shop has a range of items on sale and the workshop not only makes products but you can order one to your specifications.

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  1. After months of upset and anxiety to service users parents and careers this news is a great relief. Well done to Sally Shaw who recognised what the service provides and means to people who use it. Maureen Hume

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