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Information about services for people with specific needs

Blank Crossroads SignDetails of the services and organisations that can give help and support for people with:

 

Support for people with learning disabilities

Service User and Carers LaughingPeople who have learning disabilities can access our social work services, as well as dedicated services specifically for the needs associated with having a learning disability.

Grampian CareData provides information on local services and organisations providing support and help for people with a learning disability.

Inspire provides a wide range of small-scale, local services for people with learning disabilities throughout North East Scotland. This includes:

  • residential services
  • support for people who live in their own homes - including staffed housing and housing with visiting staff
  • day services
  • respite care
  • holiday activity schemes for children

Sense Scotland provides services and support for children and adults with deafblindness or sensory impairment, learning disability or physical disability.

ENABLE Scotland is a charitable organisation. It provides support for children and adults with learning disabilities, and their families, helping them to participate, work and live in their local communities.

 

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Support for people with a brain injury

Girl Blowing Dandelion SeedsOur social work service provides both personal care and support services to people who have an acquired brain injury. We work in partnership with other agencies, such as health services and the voluntary sector to provide a range of health and rehabilitation services.

Grampian CareData provides information on local organisations offering support to people with brain and neurological disorders.

Momentum Scotland helps people with traumatic brain injury return to work. Also offers community integration programmes to help people to take the first steps towards living independently following a brain injury. Momentum provides the following services for people with a brain injury in Aberdeenshire:

  • Transitions - offers support to people with a brain injury and their families. By bridging the gap between hospital discharge and rehabilitation programmes, Transitions aims to reduce the isolation often felt by people with a brain injury, particularly those living in remote rural areas.
  • Pathways - provides specialist training and support for adults with a brain injury who want to return to work or further education.

Headway - is a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury. Headway offers a range of services, including:

  • rehabilitation programmes
  • carer support
  • social re-integration
  • community outreach and respite care

 

 

Support for people with an autistic spectrum disorder

Aberdeenshire Autism Information Base (AAIB) - provides information and advice for people who have a form of autism, parents or carers3 and anyone interested in autism.

Paper DollsAutism Services Directory - a UK directory of services and support for people with an autistim spectrum disorder, their families, and people who work with them.

Grampian Autistic Society - provides education, care, support and opportunities for people with autism and their families in the Grampian region.

National Autistic Society Scotland provides information on autism and asperger syndrome, support and services, volunteering, campaigning, lobbying and fundraising activities in Scotland.

The Scottish Society for Autism provides services and support for people with an autism spectrum disorder.

 

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Support for people with a physical disability

Woman in a WheelchairOur social work service provides a number of services for people with physical disabilities. We aim to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to achieve maximum independence at home and in the community.

We have a specialised team of who provide a service for children and young people who have a substantial and permanent disability or medical condition.

Grampian CareData can provide information on local services and organisations offering support for people with a physical disability.

Sense Scotland works with disabled children and adults providing services and support to help them live their lives how they want. Their advisers work with individuals, families, carers and other professionals to make sure people get the most appropriate support.

 

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Support for people with a sensory impairment - visual or hearing

Hand Touching WheatOur social work service provides a number of services for people with sensory impairment - visually impaired, blind, hearing impaired, deaf.

Deafblind Scotland provides support and services to people who are deafblind or dual sensory impaired helping them live independently in their communities. They offer a guide / communicator service.

Sense Scotland works with children and adults with deafblindness or sensory impairment providing services and support to help them live their lives how they want. Their advisers work with individuals, families, carers and other professionals to make sure people get the most appropriate support.

Grampian CareData can provide a list of local services and organisations offering support and help for people with a visual impairment and for people with an hearing impairment.

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Scotland offers information, support and advice to people with sight loss.

 

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Support for people with dementia

Daughter with her Elderly MotherWe provide a range of services to help individuals and their families affected by dementia. People who have dementia, and their carers, can access our community care services as well as dedicated services specific to the needs associated with dementia.

dementiaAberdeenshire - is our website for people with dementia. It is a one stop shop giving information about dementia and the support available.

Alzheimer Scotland provides support services for people with dementia and their families. They have a 24 hour, freephone dementia helpline offering help, information and support - 0808 808 3000.

Grampian CareData provides information on local services and organisations offering support and help for people with dementia.

 

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Support for people with epilepsy

Young Girl and GrandmaEpilepsy Scotland provides services to people with epilepsy, friends and family, and care professionals. They run a freephone confidential helpline for anyone wanting advice about epilepsy - 0808 8002 200.

National Society for Epilepsy (NSE) provides information and support to people with epilepsy. NSE provides integrated social and health care for adults whose needs are complex and arise not only from a diagnosis of epilepsy but also from associated and additional personal challenges.

Quarriers is an epilepsy support group. It meets on the first Wednesday of every month 7 - 8.30pm at the Salvation Army Citadel at the Castlegate, Aberdeen. The group is for everyone who has epilepsy or cares for someone who has epilepsy. If you have any questions about Quarriers, please contact the fieldworker on 01224 566385.

Epilepsy Fieldwork service Aberdeenshire - two fieldworkers cover Aberdeenshire and offer practical support and information to people who have epilepsy. Contact 07947 634390 for more information.

 

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Support for people with problems associated with drug or alcohol use

Drinking BeerOur social work service provides support to people experiencing difficulties from their own, or someone else's, misuse of drugs or alcohol.

Grampian CareData can provide information on local services and organisations offering support and help for people affected by substance misuse.

Aberdeenshire Alcohol, Drugs and Blood Borne Virus (BBV) forums meet in Aberdeenshire.

 

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Support for people with HIV and other blood borne viruses

Blood CellsAberdeenshire Alcohol, Drugs and Blood Borne Virus (BBV) Forums

There are three forums meeting in Aberdeenshire:

  • Aberdeenshire North alcohol, drugs and BBV forum - chair Garry Sutherland, Turning Point Scotland
  • Aberdeenshire Central alcohol, drugs and BBV forum - chair Angus McCurrach, Drug Action
  • Aberdeenshire South, alcohol, drugs and BBV forum - chair Harry Miller, Alcohol Support Ltd

The groups are supported by the Aberdeenshire ADAT (Alcohol Drugs Action Team). They:

  • enable the practitioners, communities, service users, carers and anyone interested in the issues or needs surrounding alcohol, drugs and BBVs to meet
  • provide an opportunity to share information and experiences between services supporting people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, as well as those delivering education
  • support local communities and events to reduce problematic drug and alcohol use by all members of the community
  • help Aberdeenshire ADAT to understand current local needs and recommend responses to these needs

 

For further information, or details of meeting times and forthcoming events please contact:

Alcohol Drugs Development Officer
Aberdeenshire ADAT
Woodhill House
Westburn Road
Aberdeen
AB16 5GB

Tel: 01224 665176

 

Terence Higgins Trust Scotland provide information and advice, counselling and group support, guidance on managing your own health, HIV testing clinics, and practical support services to people affected by HIV or AIDS.

 

Support for people with multiple sclerosis

Crutches on a BeachAberdeen branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society provides information, support and practical help for people with multiple sclerosis and their families in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The branch funds the Stuart Resource Centre. The Centre is an information, therapeutic, and social resource for people with multiple sclerosis, and their families and friends.

Horizons Rehabilitation Centre provides an assessment and therapeutic rehabilitation service for people with complex needs, such as multiple sclerosis.

Sue Ryder Care - Aberdeen (or Dee View Court) is a residential care facility and helps people living with neurological illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis

Deeside Neurological Support service provides a multi-disciplinary service to people with a progressive neurological condition, such as multiple sclerosis, and who are registered with a Deeside GP. Contact with the service is by referral from any health professional, or by self referral. For more information about this service phone 01339 889428 or contact:

Physiotherapist
Deeside Neurological Support Service
Torphins Health and Resource Centre
St Maran Road
Torphins
AB31 4JQ

 

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Support for people affected by cancer

Holding HandsCLAN offers help, support services and therapies to people affected by any type of cancer at any time from diagnosis onwards. Whether affected personally, as a carer, family member or close friend, their services are available to you. They are based at CLAN House in Aberdeen and cover the whole of Grampian, Orkney and Shetland.

Grampian CareData can provide information on local services and organisations offering support and help to people affected by cancer.

 

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Support for people with a life limiting illness - palliative care

Father and DaughterOur social work services work with health services and the voluntary sector to provide a social work and home care service for people needing palliative care.

The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care supports and contributes to the development of pallative care in Scotland. Provides information about palliative care and palliative care services in Scotland.

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