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Keelylang Day Centre

Keelylang Day Centre offers specialised 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 severe learning disabilities with complex needs, including autistic spectrum disorder and more challenging behavior. 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.

How do People Access the Service?

If you feel you or the person you care for would benefit from attending Keelylang Day Centre, you should contact your care manager if you have one or the duty social worker from the Assessment and Care Management team. The care manager will carry out an assessment of need. If you or the person you care for meets the criteria for the service, the care manager will make a service request to the 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 the required needs of the individual. Once you attend the centre on a regular basis, your placement will be regularly reviewed to ensure the service meets your needs.

What Happens at Keelylang Day Centre?

You will be allocated a named member of staff called a “key-worker” 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 meal charge of £4.50 per day.

Where is it?

Keelylang is part of the St Colm’s Complex, Pickaquoy Road, Kirkwall.