Acorn House opened in May this year. It is a state-of-the-art respite centre for children with severe special needs and their families across Dumfries and Galloway.
It cost over £900,000 to build and is the first centre in Scotland to be funded entirely by the NHS and local authority, rather than by a charity. The project has taken two years to complete.
The centre is designed to provide a 'home from home' and a change of environment for the children, aged between 2 and 18, and their families. It was officially opened today by Michael Matheson MSP, Minister for Public Health.