I had enormous pleasure to be at the opening of our new children’s home. Walking into the house the first thought I had was that the late Shireen Ritchie had a wonderful clear vision that young people who have need for support, who have had perhaps a difficult start in life, do need a break and you can only give them a break when you have the right surroundings and right environment to do it. I think that one of the most important things that the Council can do is to try to ensure that young people do have that supportive environment and I think Olive House provides this.
The house is named after the late cabinet member for Family and Children’s Services Shireen Ritchie. Olive was her middle name.