Aspire Scotland, a bespoke care and education services for children and young people in the UK, has been sold to the Priory Group for an undisclosed sum.
Aspire Scotland operates seven homes in Scotland and caters for vulnerable children and young people, providing a safe, nurturing and ‘family’ environment. It also operates its own independent school as well as a café and leisure facilities based at Aspire Scotland’s headquarters in Kilbirnie, Ayrshire.
Young people aged eight to 18, are supported to develop their personal and independent living skills with opportunities to take part in activities such as music, drama, sport and fitness.
It was established by Eddie McCaffrey in 2010 following a career working in residential care and education for young people. McCaffrey (pictured) said the sale would enable him to focus on his charity ambitions.
He said: “I am extremely proud of everything that we have achieved at Aspire Scotland and I am confident that our unique approach to helping some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK will continue to grow and excel under the Priory Group.
“I will be acting as a consultant during the transitional period which will be an excellent opportunity for both parties to share best practice and expertise within the care industry.’’
Specialist business broker Redwoods Dowling Kerr Healthcare handled the sale, with Anthony Rae commenting: “We are extremely pleased to announce that Aspire Scotland has been sold to the Priory Group.
“Our team of specialists worked extensively with Aspire Scotland and the Priory Group to manage the sale and ensure a smooth transferal of ownership with confidentiality at the heart of the process."