Falkirk Business Hubs weekly Tenant Tuesday blog this week features Key Community Supports who are a community support group for adults and young people with disabilities and long-term conditions throughout Scotland.
What do they do?
Key was originally set up by a group of passionate families who had a vision for their sons and daughters to live their life as normally as they could. Some of these families are still involved in the organisation today. Although first set up as a housing association, their primary focus is now to deliver high quality, personalised support to people in their own homes and communities.
However, the organisation continues to have a housing function which manages a number of properties across 15 Scottish local authorities.
The team at Key works in close partnership with The Advisory Group (TAG), which was set up by Key in 1996 to enable people with learning disabilities to have a stronger voice in the services they use and their local communities.
The organisation supports individuals in their own home, their family home or their community. They can offer support just a few hours a week, a few hours a day or 24-hour support, including overnights. Details of funding available for support can be found here.
The team have specific experience in a variety of areas including Autism and Dementia.
Key offer short breaks for those who need support ranging from planned regular short breaks of just a few hours or up to a few weeks, through to support in times of crisis or emergency. They can be community-based, offered in the person’s family home or in our specially adapted short break accommodation, which is currently available in Annan, Stranraer and Nairn. There is also have a fully accessible holiday lodge available to rent!
Each person who uses the short breaks support also has a plan of what they want to achieve from this time, which could include:
- Taking a break from day-to-day routines
- Resting and recharging batteries
- Meeting new people and maintaining friendships
- Experiencing new things
- Increasing independence.
Do they operate in your area?
They support people in many local authority areas across Scotland. The Area Managers are the first point of contact for local areas and all the services are registered with the Care Inspectorate – the agency responsible for regulating all social care services in Scotland.
You can find out more about locations here.
In areas where there is no current service, you will be directed to a Regional Manager contact.
The team are committed to providing high quality housing while offering a range of personalised housing solutions.
They have 713 properties across Scotland and typically have around 50 vacancies a year.
More details of those who might be able to get support from Key Housing can e found here.
The organisation currently employs around 2000 staff. Workers are generally part of a small team providing individualised support. Support is delivered at times that fit in with the person’s needs and wishes, so all workers have flexible working hours, which will include nights and weekends. Hours and days of work (rotas) are planned in advance by Team Leaders so that workers can plan their work and other commitments.
If this is something which you think you might be interested in can be found here.
Get in touch
Details of how to contact the organisation can be found here as well as being able to subscribe to their mailing list.