The National Autistic Society Scotland support people across Scotland and at its two supported living services in Ayrshire, namely Catrine Bank and Daldorch House. These services support people to develop skills for ordinary living in their own uniquely designed homes. Support is provided around the clock by our team of dedicated care and additional support professionals.
I was struck not only by the specialist facilities at Catrine Bank and Daldorch House, but of the passion of each of the support staff and their dedication in ensuring that the people who use these services are taken on a bespoke journey to develop skills for ordinary living in their own homes.
I also learned of the strong connections that have been forged with the local community in Catrine, and how the local community consolidated their support during lockdown to ensure that those using the supported living services still got to enjoy experiences they were used to such as the Friday takeaway becoming the 'Friday fakeaway'. Just brilliant, and yet another heart-warming story I have heard about the caring communities across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley.
Peter Jung, Head of Adult Services (Scotland and Northern Ireland), said:
It has been a real pleasure for us to welcome Elena Whitham MSP to our services in Ayrshire, and for her to find out more about the work we do in supporting autistic people to live the life they choose.
We are rooted in our local community in Catrine, so it was great welcoming Elena, a committed MSP for this area, to spend time with us.
The charity is currently recruiting for a number of care and support roles in Ayrshire, and recently published a new recruitment video highlighting the qualities that make a good support worker. Individuals can find out more and apply for roles on the National Autistic Society Scotland’s website, linked here.