Aberlour Family Service – South Ayrshire

Aberlour Family Service – South Ayrshire has been funded by the Big Lottery to provide a new service within South Ayrshire for parents who have a learning disability. The service follows the ‘Getting It Right for Every Child’ (GIRFEC)approach by providing support that puts the child or young person and their family at the centre.

The aim of the service is to assess the needs and parenting capacity of parents with children from pre-birth to 12 years of age, using the Parent Assessment Manual Software (PAMS) to identify the family’s strengths and weakness. The assessments will be carried out over a number of weeks within the family home or within the community. The PAM’s assessment covers: childcare and development, behaviour, parents’ health, relationships and support and the impact of the community on parenting. The parents are assessed on their knowledge, parenting skills and the frequency of parenting practice. Parents can be assessed singly or jointly.

Focusing on early intervention, once the assessment is complete, recommendations will be shared. In order to improve skills and knowledge in specific areas, Aberlour staff will structure a personalised teaching programme and/or signpost to other relevant professional services. The areas of support that can be offered are: help with budgeting, cookery skills, health and hygiene. We will provide individual and group support as well as working in partnership with existing community groups assisting the families to access support.

The service can also structure personalised parenting support for families who may not require a comprehensive PAMS assessment but may benefit from some advice, guidance and teaching. We are able to deliver Bookbug @ home sessions, Nurture Programmes, Cookery Schools, Play Sessions and utilise Easy Read materials to support parents to achieve their potential. Our staff team will also support parents to attend meetings and appointments and help with any forms and correspondence.

If you would like to make a referral to the service please contact Sharon Swan, Service Manager (details below) to discuss your request. Request for assistance forms can be submitted by post or email at the addresses below.

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Sharon Swan (Service Manager)

If you would like more information please contact us at:

Aberlour Family Service – South Ayrshire

17B Dalrymple Street, Girvan KA26 9EU – 01465 712 589 –