The George Steven Centre is a purpose built disability friendly building which opened in 2003. The building benefits from a vast amount of interior space which is high functioning in a series of ways. We have a community cafe attached to the Centre which is widely used by the general public and is a major part of our training and employability programme for Service Users.
The Centre houses five projects;-
* The Day Service
* SMART Approach (housing support service)
* HALO Project (educational programme – including;- health, fitness, nutritional and community programmes etc)
* Our unique Training and Employability base which focuses on hospitality, gardening, retail and domestic skills.
Community cafe which is a cafe facility with hospitality training for appropriate referrals.
Two of our services are registered with The Care Inspectorate and comply with legislation and Care Standards. These are known as the George Steven Centre and the SMART Approach (Housing Support). We are funded by North Ayrshire Council and The Salvation Army but we also consider direct payment referrals for any individual wishing to purchase support or a placement with any of our registered services. Day Service – we offer opportunities for Adults with Learning Disabilities to achieve their outcome focused plans, by offering a range of meaningful experiences which will encourage life skills and independence. SMART Approach – A Housing Support service which supports individuals with a Learning Disability to maintain their own tenancy by skilling individuals in areas such as;- budgeting, domestic skills, banking, cooking, shopping, social and emotion support. SMART also supports people with learning disabilities that live with parents for specific support packages. HALO – is an evening programme funded fully by The Salvation Army. It supports adults with Learning Disabilities to learn about a range of health/fitness topics, health and safety, literacy etc. There is also a training and employability project with a job coach for any referrals from local authority, employment agencies or self directed support.
See Centre Manager for details
Day Service Operates 50 weeks per year on a Monday – Friday basis. SMART Approach (Housing Support) Operates 52 weeks per year on a 7 day basis 8am – 8pm. HALO Project Operates 50 weeks per year on a Monday and Thursday evenings and is open to outside referrals. Training and Employability Operates 50 weeks per year on an individual needs basis
Resources and Amenities
We are extremely privileged to have a great resource of highly trained and motivated staff. We have access to two vehicles (one is wheelchair accessible). We have an IT suite which is fully equipped and linked to the internet. There is exercise and fitness equipment and space to carry out fitness activities in a large room. We have a training kitchen which is fully adaptable for different disabilities. Our sensory garden can be utilised all year round. We have a vast amount of classes and resources both educational/skilling and are also great fun. There is a community Café on site which is open to the public.
Accessible from all major bus routes and train links to/from Glengarnock station. The building itself is on the one level and is accessible for wheelchair users