A competition to name two new services for blind people in the West of Scotland has been won by local residents.
Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation, Royal Blind, launched the competition in Paisley Central Library to name its new care home and a centre for visually impaired veterans that is being built alongside it by sister charity Scottish War Blinded.
The two services are being constructed at the corner of Hawkhead Road and Barrhead Road in Paisley. The competition aimed to find names with local resonance.
Royal Blind’s new care home, which will provide high quality specialist care for visually impaired older people, has been named ‘Jenny’s Well Care Home’ after a nearby nature reserve. The name was suggested by local residents Nadia Obike and Lynn Lock.
Scottish War Blinded’s activity and support centre for veterans with sight loss will be called ‘The Hawkhead Centre’, as suggested by Ian Lochhead.
Lynn Lock, of Paisley said:
“My suggestion for the care home’s name was a joint affair with my husband and children. I thought it would help people know where the home is situated, as Jenny’s Well nature reserve is just adjacent, and it sounds like a nice happy place to be cared for.”
Ian Lochead, of Neilston, commented:
“I’ve previously done some outreach work with military veterans in Glasgow which informed me about the issues some veterans encounter, so I was pleased to see local veterans will soon be able to receive specialist support. I’m delighted to have won this competition to name the centre, and greatly look forward to finding out more about the centre’s facilities.”
Richard Hellewell, Chief Executive of Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded said:
“We are really looking forward to opening our new services in Paisley. We were delighted that local residents came up with so many interesting suggestions for our name the buildings competition and would like to thank everyone that participated. The local knowledge of our competition winners helped us find really suitable names for our new services.”
The winners of the competition each receive a £25 John Lewis voucher and an invitation to the opening of the facilities.
Jenny’s Well Care Home and the Hawkhead Centre will open in late 2017. Around 100 jobs will be created by the charities’ expansion to Paisley.