What is the Outreach service?
The Autism & Neurodiversity - North Scotland Outreach Service provides specialised one-to-one support and advice for autistic & neurodiverse adults. Diagnosis is not necessary for this support and all referrals are considered individually.
The AND Outreach Support Staff are highly trained to help autistic & neurodiverse adults with a full range of support and will devise a support plan according to the individual’s needs. They are available to listen and offer advice and support with overcoming difficulties associated with being autistic or neurodiverse and will help individuals reach their goals and lead more independent lives, assisting with learning and improving life skills such as communication and organisation. Housing Support is also available, enabling people to maintain their tenancies.
The Matching Process
AND operates a matching process for staff and service users to enable the development of effective relationships, which is a pre-requisite for enabling change. Careful thought is given to the placement of support workers with each individual prior to support commencing and packages are provided by the smallest practical number of support workers to enable effective, trusting and supporting relationships to be built. Introduction of a new support worker to a service user’s support package is a gradual process and always starts with shadow session/s with an existing, familiar worker who is able to give feedback to the Service Manager. In addition, the service user and, where appropriate, their family/carers are directly consulted about the suitability of any new support worker prior to one-to-one support beginning. On no occasion is any service user asked to accept support from someone they have not already met and agreed to work with.
Where does Outreach operate?