What is the Outreach Service?
The Outreach Service provides a specialised one-to-one support and advice service.
Who is it for?
The Outreach Service is for both children and adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions. However, diagnosis is not necessary for one-to-one support and all referrals are considered individually.
How can it help me?
Outreach support workers can help people with ASCs to reach their goals and lead more independent lives. They can assist with learning and improving life skills such as communication and organisation, and are available to listen and offer advice and support with overcoming difficulties associated with having an ASC. We can also provide Housing Support to enable people to maintain their tenancies.
The Matching Process
GAS 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 supportive relationships to be built. Introduction of a new 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.
We are regularly inspected by the Care Inspectorate and our most recent report can be accessed directly here.
How Can I Access This Service?
Referrals for Outreach come from private individuals or via the Social Work department. All new service users are offered the opportunity to have a home visit before support commences.
“I know my support workers are always there for me when I have problems.”
“I enjoy going out, having someone to talk to, and the help that I get.”
“Hi, my name is Mhairi. I am a client with Grampian Autistic Society. I would like to say that my support workers on one-to-one are very good. They help me to do things in my house and we go away for day trips on the bus. All the staff are good and help me with all my problems as well.
I think Grampian Autistic Society has helped me with my Aspergers. I would like to thank you very much.”
Find out more...
For more information, please contact Pearl Begbie on 01224 277900, or use this contact form.