The Western Isles Menu of Interventions Roadshow Event took place in Stornoway on Friday 18 March 2016 at the Community Education Pointers Drop In Centre.  The information gathered from delegates on the day has been collated and can be found below.

For each of the 14 “challenges” we collected information about the following:

  • Specific relevant links
  • Specific relevant strategies
  • Specific relevant documents
  • Gaps, research and other relevant information not covered by another category
We are in the process of gathering relevant information to meet these 14 challenges. If you would like to contribute to the information collected below, please contact us by email.

 

Contact details for each of the resources mentioned are available at the bottom of this page.

 

ASD CHALLENGE

INTERVENTIONS

1. Understanding the Implications of an Autism Diagnosis – Post diagnostic discussion(s) and individualised counselling. The provision of good quality education and information packs for individuals, families/carers along with appropriate verbal discussion at time of need. Use of visual props if needed.  Signposting to useful websites and forums. Western Isles Community Care Forum (WICCF) – provide support for carers – eg home visits. Needs referral from GP.


Autism Eilean Siar (AES) – support group that raises awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the Western Isles.

Social Communications Team – offer information and advice to parents and children.


One Stop Shop (Inverness) provides:

  • free, person-centred support service for adults aged 16 or over and for their families/carers
  • free social groups and activities
  • scheduled drop-in sessions
  • one to one appointments for advice and support on a range of issues
  • NHS diagnostician – provides pre as well as post diagnostic support
  • friendly, telephone answering service – Mondays 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • service user forum
  • partnership working with other agencies and groups such as parent groups and other voluntary organisations
  • activity room
  • computer room with internet access
2. Development of Effective Means of Communication – Individualised language therapy assessment. Updated as required. Alternative and augmentative communication systems introduced where required. Work to ensure language system (regardless of form) is used functionally and is therefore effective on an individual basis. Teaching/learning on internet etiquette and supervision. Autism Eilean Siar ( AES)– working on visual aid for ferry and airport timetables.


Pathway for SALT (Speech and Language Therapy)

3. Social Communication – Targeted social communication programmes delivered either individually or in a group setting as required and appropriate to the individual to include internet etiquette and promotion of online safety. Autism Eilean Siar (AES) – offer information and advice to parents and children


Assisted gym sessions at Grianan Day Centre, Stornoway. Also Hydrotherapy Pool


Introduction to Learning – AES – organise closed sessions with Islands of Adventure, a sea-faring adventure in a high class speed boat to explore the Western Isles.  Departs from Kirkbost Peir, Great Bernera.


Western Isles Learning Shop – an adult learning centre run by the Community Education Service.  It offers a comfortable environment for adults looking to brush up on their core skills as well as learning and developing new skills.  Subjects covered include number work, reading, writing and spelling, form filling, communication skills, basic computing, internet and email.


One Stop Shop (Inverness) provides:

  • free, person-centred support service for adults aged 16 or over and for their families/carers
  • free social groups and activities
  • scheduled drop-in sessions
  • one to one appointments for advice and support on a range of issues
  • NHS diagnostician – provides pre as well as post diagnostic support
  • friendly, telephone answering service – Mondays 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • service user forum
  • partnership working with other agencies and groups such as parent groups and other voluntary organisations
  • activity room
  • computer room with internet access
4. Developing and Maintaining Relationships –       Work to assess the understanding of relationships and promotion of skills to develop relationships including sexuality issues and intimate relationships. Access to social groups, friendship circles, etc.  The Stornoway PHAB club is held every Monday evening from 7.30pm.  Phab inspires and supports children, young people and adults of all abilities to make more of life together.


Motiv8 is run by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar sports and health and offers a wide variety of sports and leisure activities for children and young people.


Saltire Awards – national centre for volunteering.


One Stop Shop (Inverness) provides:

  • free, person-centred support service for adults aged 16 or over and for their families/carers
  • free social groups and activities
  • scheduled drop-in sessions
  • one to one appointments for advice and support on a range of issues
  • NHS diagnostician – provides pre as well as post diagnostic support
  • friendly, telephone answering service – Mondays 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • service user forum
  • partnership working with other agencies and groups such as parent groups and other voluntary organisations
  • activity room
  • computer room with internet access
5. Social Isolation for Individual with Autism –        Accessible social groups and opportunities, support in the community. Befrienders. Respect the need to be alone at times. Acceptance by families that friendships can take many forms. Awareness of Autism Eilean Siar (AES) and Western Isles Community Care Forum (WICCF)


Grianan Day Care Centre – provides assisted swimming sessions, Hydrotherapy Pool. (Lifeguard on duty at all times).


Third Sector Hebrides (formerly Voluntary Action Lewis) – promotes community learning, social inclusion, supports community development.


Volunteer Centre Western Isles – A guide to volunteering opportunities and other Volunteer Centre services available in the Western Isles.


Action For Children – Provide monthly Saturday social activities for children with additional support needs.


One Stop Shop (Inverness) provides:

  • free, person-centred support service for adults aged 16 or over and for their families/carers
  • free social groups and activities
  • scheduled drop-in sessions
  • one to one appointments for advice and support on a range of issues
  • NHS diagnostician – provides pre as well as post diagnostic support
  • friendly, telephone answering service – Mondays 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • service user forum
  • partnership working with other agencies and groups such as parent groups and other voluntary organisations
  • activity room
  • computer room with internet access

Scaladale Centre – a voluntary organisation for youth clubs – residential outdoor activity centre which runs a full range of outdoor activities.

6. Social Isolation for Family  – Family/Partner/Carer support, opportunity for respite. Access to autism friendly environments.      Awareness of Autism Eilean Siar (AES) and Western Isles Community Care Forum (WICCF)


Action for Children – provides respite care services.  Offers individual, flexible care and support to meet the complex needs of children with disabilities and their families.  Social activities in a safe and caring environment.  A variety of activities with supportive staff, allowing parents/carers to receive short breaks.


Western Isles Family Information Service – provides free, impartial advice for families.

7. Learning to Learn Skills –                              A functional assessment of the person’s cognitive abilities and learning style leading to a planned programme both directly with the individual and indirectly with the family, carers etc. Formal psychometric testing may be conducted if appropriate to inform intervention. Macaulay College – a community interest company which provides people with additional social and educational requirements with a programme of activities that encourages them to have meaningful and fulfilling working and social lives.


 

Hebrides Independent Living and Learning Support (HILLS) -provides support to young people and adults with significant barriers to employment, such as learning difficulties, mental health problems, long term health conditions, confidence issues and a lack of work experience.  HILLS run a Grow 2 Work course, in partnership with Lews Castle College.


Lews Castle College.  Introduction to Higher Education – Transition Course. This is a two year course, where trainees are actively engaged in plant propagation and a wide range of horticulture tasks and activities. The second year of the course offers trainees a placement with an employer in which the trainee will have a work taster with a local company.  The main aim of Grow 2 Work is to build confidence, work as part of a team and provide a suitable outcome at the end of the course, working and social lives.

Grow To Learn and Hills projects managed through Community Learning and Development.


Failte Cafe – Wednesdays 1pm – 3pm at Pointers – run by a group of volunteers with additional support needs in a supportive environment where they gain experience of working in a café setting.


Uist Community Riding School – a registered charity which is run by a voluntary committee and relies heavily on voluntary work carried out by both adults and young people for whom the riding school forms an important part of their learning and social development.

The OH-MEET Programme – This programme involves participation in a waged placement mainly with an employer in the community or a community-based placement such as Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar’s (CNES) Environmental Task Force Programme.

8. Predicting and Managing Change – Timely individual direct work with individuals to teach methods where required. Family/carer/employer guidance/education in these methods. Visual supports; timetables, timers, text alerts, choice boards etc to be used as appropriate. Child’s needs met through educational psychology, occupational therapy, schools, STU weekly sessions, team around each child, integrated agency approach, Child’s Plan, coordinated support plan, Soft Play (AES), transition plans in place in schools, speech and language therapy.For more information see Social Communications Team leaflet.
9. Behaviour and emotional regulation protecting wellbeing –Knowledge development in understanding behaviour in the context of ASD. Individual work with the individual on assessing behaviour, recognising triggers and developing and managing the implementation of strategies to help. Behaviour support plans, cognitive interventions, psychotherapy or counselling as required and indicated by life circumstances eg around transitions of all types including bereavement. Work with the individual’s family/carers, criminal justice, social work, Police as appropriate. Autism Alert card possession.  Outer Hebrides Autism Hub – Provides useful  links to local mental health services.


Shawbost School – OT offer assisted sessions in the Shawbost swimming pool


Tagsa Uibhist – voluntary organisation which provides services throughout the Islands of Uist for the benefit of the elderly and vulnerable populations in the local community.


ARC – provides support, training and information to service providers assisting people with a learning disability in the UK.


Western Isles Community Care Forum (WICCF)


Crossreach – provides support for those with learning disabilities, mental health issues, substance misuse issues, homelessness.


.Crossroads – provides child and adult care, for those with learning disabilities, mental health issues, sensory impairment.


Harris Sports Centre – assisted and closed swimming pool sessions available.


Autism Eilean Siar (AES) – assessment and therapy unit, respite, children and family services

10. Restricted and Repetitive Interests and Behaviours  – Assessment and positive day to day management on an individualised basis. Treatment by mental health clinician if required   Psychiatric services – CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)Learning disability nurses, social communication team.


Local Area Coordination – Local area coordinator caters for children aged 14 years and over.  (See details in No 13).


One Stop Shop (Inverness) provides:

  • free, person-centred support service for adults aged 16 or over and for their families/carers
  • free social groups and activities
  • scheduled drop-in sessions
  • one to one appointments for advice and support on a range of issues
  • NHS diagnostician – provides pre as well as post diagnostic support
  • friendly, telephone answering service – Mondays 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • service user forum
  • partnership working with other agencies and groups such as parent groups and other voluntary organisations
  • activity room
  • computer room with internet access
11. Motivation Issues – Structured programmes as appropriate to the individual linking to the other core challenges as required. Career guidance, employer/HE/FE support.  Skills Development Scotland – provides career support and advice, creating pathways into work for people through certificate of work readiness and modern apprenticeships.


One Stop Shop (Inverness) provides:

  • free, person-centred support service for adults aged 16 or over and for their families/carers
  • free social groups and activities
  • scheduled drop-in sessions
  • one to one appointments for advice and support on a range of issues
  • NHS diagnostician – provides pre as well as post diagnostic support
  • friendly, telephone answering service – Mondays 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • service user forum
  • partnership working with other agencies and groups such as parent groups and other voluntary organisations
  • activity room
  • computer room with internet access

Macaulay College – as before

12. Sensory Issues – Assessment of sensory difficulties. Identification and implementation of strategies. Environmental adaptation on an individual basis with individual control working towards reducing the impact of sensory sensitivities  Social Communications Team – The team is involved in assessment and clinical diagnosis of ASD, they can make recommendations for sensory challenges.
13. Daily Living Skills – Assessment of core life skills as required across the lifespan and to take account of changing needs at various transitions. Specific individual programmes to teach and maintain these skills where needed. Involvement of families/carers in assessment and implementation of new learning. Education for families/employers/care providers/housing department re practical needs Local Area Coordination (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) – Local Area Coordinator works with individuals and families in communities and helps to find and build on different kinds of support.


Macaulay College – as before.


Lewis Street Project – provides supported accommodation for adults with a view to preparing them for greater independence within the community.


Autism Eilean Siar (AES) – assessment and therapy unit, respite, children and family services.


One Stop Shop (Inverness) provides:

  • free, person-centred support service for adults aged 16 or over and for their families/carers
  • free social groups and activities
  • scheduled drop-in sessions
  • one to one appointments for advice and support on a range of issues
  • NHS diagnostician – provides pre as well as post diagnostic support
  • friendly, telephone answering service – Mondays 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • service user forum
  • partnership working with other agencies and groups such as parent groups and other voluntary organisations
  • activity room
  • computer room with internet access
14. Co Existing Conditions – Examples Epilepsy, dyspraxia, dyslexia, disorders of attention, sensory impairment, anxiety, sleep disorder, addiction, anger management, depression, self harm, psychosis, personality disorder, OCD, disordered eating patterns etc. These require assessment and treatment/management by appropriate specialist clinician. Joint working is crucial across specialities with a clear case co-ordinating lead identified.       Health visitors, Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapy, ATU (Assessment Therapy Unit).CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)Hebrides


Hebrides Alpha – provides therapeutic employment to individuals with addiction problems.


Western Isles Community Care Forum (WICCF)


Western Isles Association for Mental Health (WIAMH) – Western Isles Association for Mental Health – a small, locally based charity with a focus on how to maintain (and, where necessary, recover) a positive state of mental wellbeing, for individuals and the community as a whole.


Harris Sports Centre – additional support provided.


Third Sector Hebrides (formerly Voluntary Action Lewis) – promotes community learning, social inclusion, supports community development.


 

CONTACT DETAILS FOR WESTERN ISLES RESOURCES

Action for Children

30 Bayhead Street

Stornoway

HS1 2DU

www.actionforchildren.org.uk

Telephone: 01851 705080

Email: westernislesoffice@actionforchildren.org.uk

Or

Email Sandra.mclaughlin@actionforchildren.org.uk

 

ARC (Association for Real Change)

Telephone: 0131 663 4444

Email:  www.arcuk.org.uk

 

Ardseileach Centre

Telephone 01851 822751

 

Autism Eileanan Siar (AES)

Email: autism.eilean.siar@gmail.com

 

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)

Stornoway – Telephone: 01851 701868

Benbecula – Telephone: 01870 603307

 

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 
Sandwick Road
Stornoway
Isle of Lewis
HS1 2BW

Tel: 01851 600 501
Fax: 01851 705349
e-mail: enquiries@cne-siar.gov.uk

 

Crossreach

www.crossreach.org.uk

 

Crossroads

www.homecare.co.uk

 

Failte Café

Pointers

14-16 North Beach Street

Stornoway

Telephone: 01851 822715

Email: jennifer.ellis@cne-siar.gov.uk

 

Grianan Day Care Centre

Westview Terrace

Stornoway

Telephone: 01851 703443/01851 822755

 

Harris Sports Centre

Telephone: 0845 6007090

Email:  enquiries@cne-siar.gov.uk

 

Hebrides Alpha Project

Telephone: 01851 705054

Email: www.hebridesalpha.co.uk

 

Hebrides Independent Living and Learning Support (HILLS)

Community Learning and Development Service

St Lennan’s Youth Service Centre

22-24 Point Street

Stornoway

HS1 2XF

Telephone: 01851 822714

Email:  g.miller@cne-siar.gov.uk

 

Lewis Street Project – Crossreach, Stornoway

Telephone: 01851 706888

 

Lews Castle College (UHI) – Grow to Work Programme

Telephone: 01851 770000

Email: www.lews.uhi.ac.uk

 

Local Area Coordination

Telephone: 01851 822755

 

Macaulay Farm

Telephone: 01851 701274

Email: www.macaulaycollege.com

 

One Stop Shop (Inverness)

28 Ardconnel Terrace

Inverness

IV2 3AE

Telephone: 01463 717649

Email: highlandoss@aiscotland.org.uk

 

PHAB UK

Joan Wallace

The Anchorage

Crossbost

Tel No: 01851 860730

Website:  www.phab.org.uk

 

Saltire Awards

95 Cromwell Street

STORNOWAY

HS1 2DG

Telephone:  01859 502636

Email: uist@volunteeringwesternisles.co.uk

 

Scaladale Centre, Harris

Telephone: 01859 502502

Email:  www.scaladale.co.uk

 

Shawbost School

Telephone: 01851 710212

Email: www.cne-siar.gov.uk

 

Skills Development Scotland

Stornoway Careers Centre

30 Francis Street

Stornoway

HS1 2ND

Telephone: 01851 708900

 

Tagsaidh Uidhist

East Camp Community Enterprise Park

Balivanich

Benbecula

HS7 5LA

Telephone: 01870 602111 (care) / 01870 603881 (community services)

Email: tagsa.uibhist@care4free.net

 

Telephone: 01851 702632

Email: www.thirdsectorhebrides.org.uk or enquiries@tshebrides.org.uk

 

UCRS Uist Community Riding School

East Camp

Balivanich

Benbecula

HS7 5LA

Telephone: 01870 602808

Email: info@ridehebrides.org

 

Western Isles Association for Mental Health (WIAMH)

www.wiamh.org

 

Western Isles Community Care Forum (WICCF)

Telephone: 01851 701545

Email:  marissa.maclennan@nhs.net

 

Western Isles Family Information Service/Sandwickhill Learning Centre

East Street

Sandwickhill,

Isle of Lewis

HS2 0AG

Telephone: 01851 703300/01851 822655

Email: chis@cne-siar.gov.uk

 

Western Isles Learning Shop

Town Hall

South Beach Street

Stornoway

Isle of Lewis

HS1 2BE

Telephone: 01851 822718

Email:  www.learningshop@cne-siar.gov.uk