Core cluster service opens in Cumnock

Tuesday 19 March 2013

The Richmond Fellowship Scotland has recently opened an innovative new core cluster service in Cumnock, East Ayrshire.

The service supports eleven individuals in their own homes with varying support needs and level of service within the Patrick Finn Development in close proximity to the office base, as well as supporting approximately 30 individuals in the surrounding town and villages. The range of needs supported in the service includes mental health, autism, learning disability and alcohol-related brain damage.

Staff are suitably equipped to use transferable skills and knowledge working with each person in order to ensure their service is individually tailored to their needs, choices and preferences as they work towards achieving the own personal outcomes. Approximately 30 members of staff with a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience form both of the core teams which operate from the service’s base at Glaisnock Street. This is close to the homes of 11 individuals who receive support from the service. An outreach team is also based within these premises, providing support to 30 people throughout the Cumnock and Doon Valley area.

The service is innovative in making use of technology to bring benefit to, and maximise the independence of, the people who use the service. For example, a number of people supported by the service use door sensors, while one person uses a 'buddi' mobile personal alarm system, which allows him to go out independently within a pre-defined ara set by GPS in order to keep them safe.

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