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Ability Centre Support Service

The Ability Centre offers both a centre based and outreach service to adults aged between 16 and 65 who have a physical disability.

We provide fifteen places each day in the centre and, in one week, support service staff facilitate twelve outreach groups located throughout West Lothian within local community facilities.

  • Our mission is to provide a flexible, responsive service where the need of the service user is the impetus for continued improvement.
  • Our vision is is that the individuals supported by the service will be empowered to be as independent and included in their own community as possible.
  • Our values are that the service will value each individual enabling them to make choices and take risks and, where appropriate, advocate on their behalf.

Adults aged between 16 and 65 with a physical disability can be referred for a centre based placement following an assessment of their needs by representatives from the Physical Disability Assessment Team, CRABIS or other Health or Social Care practitioners. Clients can self-refer to the Outreach Service. Each client has an individual programme to meet their agreed needs, which is regularly reviewed, and a moving plan is agreed with each individual prior to leaving the service.

A variety of occupational, educational and therapeutic opportunities are available daily within the Ability Centre and each Outreach Group determines their own programme. Work experience opportunities are offered on the reception desk and the cafe checkout. Other pre-employment skill preparation and support is offered through the B4 and On2 Work schemes. These schemes work in close collaboration with the Department of Work and Pensions to ensure that nobody is financially disadvantaged through taking up an employment opportunity.

Through the brokerage service, individuals are supported to try a range of educational, leisure or volunteering opportunities in their own local communities.

How can I find out more?

Drop into the cafe bistro for a cuppa and an informal chat between 9.30am and 3.00pm, Monday to Friday.

If you have any queries about the Ability Centre, please contact:

Jorden Smith
Support Services Manager
Ability Centre
Carmondean
Livingston
EH54 8PT.
Tel. 01506 774065
email: jorden.smith@westlothian.gov.uk