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St Colm's Day Centre

What is it?

St Colm’s day centre offers day opportunities for adults aged 18 to 65 and is registered with Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland.

Who is it for?

Day services are provided for adults who have mild to moderate learning disabilities.

This information can be downloaded as a leaflet from the Related Downloads section on the left of the page.

Aims of the Service

The Centre aims to provide a person centred approach based on the National Care Standards and the principles of “The Same as You?” report.

The service aims to provide quality day opportunities which are structured, stimulating and meaningful to enable adults to gain the skills necessary to live within their community.

Opportunities are available for recreation, education and employability.

How do People Access the Service?

If you feel you or the person you care for would benefit from attending St Colm’s Day Centre, you should contact your care manager if you have one, or the Adult Social Work Team Duty Social Worker.

Your referral will be forwarded to the Learning Disabilities Social Work Team duty desk.

If your referral meets the Orkney Islands Council eligibility criteria, a social worker will carry out an assessment of need. If your assessed need meets the criteria for the service, the worker will make a service request to St Colm’s Day Centre.

What Happens When a Place is Offered?

Prior to a place being offered, there is a “pre-placement meeting” where all the transitional arrangements required to attend the day centre are made including transport arrangements if required.

All arrangements are formally recorded in a “placement agreement”.

There is then an assessment period which usually lasts 6 weeks.

At the end of this period there is a formal review to make sure the service is meeting your needs.

Once you attend the centre on a regular basis, your placement will be regularly reviewed to ensure the service continues to meets your needs.

What Happens at St Colm’s Day Centre?

You will be allocated a named member of staff called a “keyworker” who will design a care plan with you and your carer. Your care plan will contain all relevant information about your care needs and an activity timetable for when you are at the centre.

Activities on your timetable may be based in the day centre or in the community.

How Much Will it Cost?

The current charge for the service is a lunch-time meal charge of £4.50 per day.

Where is it?

St Colm’s Day Centre is located on Pickaquoy Road, Kirkwall.