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St Colm's Short Breaks

The St Colm’s short breaks service provides a service for adults with learning disabilities who at present live in the community with carers.

The service is for adults aged 18 to 65 and is registered with Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland.

Who is it for?

The short breaks service can be accessed by individuals who have a variety of complex needs which can range from physical and sensory impairment, mental health problems or behavioural difficulties.

Aims of the Service

To support and sustain individuals living in the community, by providing a short break for the individual and their carer at home. Support offered promotes independence, is flexible, sensitive and respectful of each person’s right to make informed choices, based on the National Care Standards.

How do People Access the Service?

If you feel you or the person you care for would benefit from the service offered at the St Colm’s Short Breaks service, 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 meet the criteria for the service, the care manager will make a service request to the St Colm’s Short Breaks service.

What Happens when a Place is Offered?

If you are offered a short break, you will be offered the opportunity to visit the property. If you wish to proceed with the short break, you will be allocated a named member of staff from the Short Breaks Bungalow, called a “key-worker” who will design a care plan with you.

Your care plan will contain information about your likes, dislikes, support and care needs. After 6 weeks there is a formal review to make sure the service is meeting the required needs of the individual. Once you attend the Short Breaks Bungalow on a regular basis, your placement will be regularly reviewed to ensure the service meets your needs.

What Happens at the St Colm’s Short Breaks Bungalow Centre?

Staff support each individual who uses the service to access their normal daily activities which may include attending the day centre, going out with friends/carers or attending social events.

How Much will it Cost?

The cost of the service is subject to an Orkney Health and Care financial assessment (includes meals).

Where is it?

The St Colm’s short break bungalow is situated behind St Colm’s Day Centre, off Pickaquoy Road, Kirkwall.

Useful Contacts

Team Manager

The Glaitness Centre

33 Queen Sonja Kloss


Telephone: 01856 871960

Service Improvement Manager

Learning Disability and Assessment and Care Management

Orkney Health and Care

Council Offices



KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

Inspection Officer

Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland

North Region

East Bank

East Road



Telephone: 01856 870535

Mental Welfare Commission, Scotland

K Floor

Argyle House

3 Lady Lawson Street



Telephone: 0131 2226111