Opportunities in West Scotland
We have two day opportunities in West of Scotland each offering a unique experience for individuals to learn and develop new skills and fully participate in their community.
West of Scotland
Abbie Resource Day Service
The Abbie Resource Day Service is based in Bridgeton, Glasgow. It is an innovative day service which welcomes adults with a diverse range of needs. We provide a variety of centre-based and community opportunities for individuals which are flexible, meaningful and designed to promote the choices, preferences and aspirations of each person. The service has been specifically designed around the needs of autistic individuals. Facilities include a sensory room, IT area, social area, games room, communication room, art room and fitted kitchen and dining area. Individuals can also access art therapy sessions giving them the opportunity to explore their creative talents.
Hamilton Towers is based in the centre of Hamilton and provides a flexible service that can be a mixture of day support and outreach support, delivered by a consistent team of practitioners. The service encourages individuals to identify their own interests, skills, choices and desires which will then shape a person-centred programme of activities.
One of the many aims of the service is to promote independence and life skills by supporting individuals to access college placements. At Hamilton Towers, individuals have the opportunity to learn everyday life skills. Communication and interaction is
encouraged though a variety of methods such as art therapy sessions, holistic therapy opportunities and group activities.
Our day service is delivered by a dedicated team of practitioners who receive regular autism-specific training. All of our day and vocational services are reviewed by the Care Inspectorate and full details of recent inspections can be found on their website: www.careinspectorate.com
Mark attends the Abbie Resource Day Service and although he has good verbal ability, he struggles with other aspects of communicating such as expressing pain, illness, feelings or emotions. He also has difficulty understanding some aspects of social interaction and in recognising dangerous situations. Using a Smart Board – a large touch screen – staff have supported Mark to develop a better understanding of these areas.
Using computers has been a favourite activity of Mark’s for some time now however he can be resistant to change. To introduce the Smart Board to Mark, practitioners encouraged him to play an online memory game, which he was familiar with and enjoyed playing. This smoothed the path for Mark to adjust to the new touch screen. Mark can use the Smart Board more easily because it does not require the fine motor skills required to use a computer mouse.
Once Mark gained confidence in using the new equipment, staff introduced him to educational programmes that raise awareness of hazards in the home and in the community. Mark has also benefited from completing life-skill programmes which focus on shopping, money and accessing public transport – helping to improve his independence
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