Action for Children
Since 1998 Action for Children have been helping children and their families throughout the Western Isles. We have 5 services based in Stornoway and work closely with our partner agencies
Funded by the Local Authority and NHS Western Isles and regulated by the Care Inspectorate, the Respite service is the provider of individual flexible care and support that meets the unique and complex needs of children with disabilities and their families by offering the young people social activities in a safe and caring environment. This enables children to experience a variety of activities with supportive staff and allows the parents to receive short breaks from their roles as primary carers.
Funded by the Local Authority and regulated by the Care Inspectorate, Hillcrest is a residential home based in Stornoway for Looked After children and young people who for various reasons need to be accommodated. Young people are assessed and individual care plans are drawn up in consultation with them, their families and partner agencies. Each young person receives a keyworker and one to one support from staff. They are supported to improve relationships and participate in community life accessing a wide range of agencies such as Health, Advocacy and Education.
Children & Young People’s Service
Funded by Scottish Government and working in partnership with Western Isles Women’s Aid support is provided to children, young people and their families who may have been affected by violence against women. This is done in an individual and group basis where children and young people are supported and encouraged to share their concerns and build up their confidence.
Assessment & Therapy
Funded by NHS Western Isles, this service aim to support and assist children and young people to realise their full potential also offering support and advice to their families. A therapeutic service is provided to children with additional needs and their families. Programmes of activities and exercises are implemented following up on assessment from Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Speech & Language. A Saturday Club is also run once a month for young people aged S1 to 25 years with additional needs where a variety of leisure activities are planned.
Eilean Siar ADP
Through our Early Intervention, Early Years and Weekend Services and in partnership with our funders the Outer Hebrides Alcohol & Drug Partnership (ADP) and PDI Lloyds we work with children and their families and young people who have been affected in a variety of ways by substance misuse. To ensure early intervention and assessment and individualised support packages are provided for quickly. Aiming to reduce the level of substance misuse within Lewis and Harris. We also have staff trained in Baby Massage, Seasons for Growth and Triple P parenting programme.
Sub-groups run by our ADP service:
Maternal & Infant Nutrition – A 12 week programme in order to support parents by improving cooking skills while educating them in food and nutrition and improving self-esteem and confidence.
New Beginnings – A 4 week programme to assist new parents in preparing for their new arrival informing them of services that can assist them working alongside Health and Midwifery to ensure a positive start.
Telephone: 01851 705080