There is a full range of services and support available to people with learning difficulties and their families, including access to all general services such as assessment of needs, advice, support etc, plus:
- an assessment and therapy unit, and respite care or children from birth to 18yrs funded by Social Work, and run by NCH
- residential and respite care, plus day occupational placement for adults with learning difficulties
- a Local Area Co-ordinator to support people who have learning disabilities and/or their families
Local Area Co-ordinator
Local Area Co-ordinator’s in Scotland promote the rights of people who have learning disabilities and their families/carers. It supports people to live ordinary lives within their communities in line with the principles of Independent living. ‘Independent living means people with disabilities of all ages having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, at work, and in the community.’LAC’s help to connect individuals and families to services, networks and facilities across all spheres of life.
LAC’s work with people who have learning disabilities and their families, as well as with community groups and organisations.The aim is to build inclusion by supporting people to develop their individual capacity and by working with communities to develop capacity for inclusion. LAC achieve this by working flexibly across organizational and professional boundaries.
In practice LAC’s focus on discovering, connecting and creating opportunities to develop individual, family and community based assets. Local Area Co-ordination is a principles based approach which emphasises the rights of people who have learning disabilities to participate in all aspects of community, private, public and social life.
The Local Authority is working towards the Scottish Executive recommendations in the Keys to Life Strategy 2013 Review for people with learning difficulties.
Local Area Co-ordinator, Learning Disabilities
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)
Community Resources (Health & Social Care)
The Grianan Centre
Isle of Lewis
Tel. (Grianan Centre) : 01851 822 755