“Family time is actively promoted by the service, and young people can have daily contact with those important to them.”

- Care Inspectorate Report 2022

Close Support

"Every Child needs at least one adult who is crazy about him or her."
Urie Bronfenbrenner

The Good Shepherd Centre’s close support service was named ‘Lomond House’ after consultation with young people. The house offers a transitional resource for young people aged 12 up to 18 who have experienced secure care, but still require additional support before they feel ready to return to less structured living in the community. We also accept referrals from the community for young people who may require a more structured placement within a highly supportive environment.

“They gave me a lot of support meeting other people; that is something I struggle with.”

- Young Person

“My time here has changed my life.”

- Young Person

Lomond House has 6 en-suite bedrooms which were refurbished in 2020. The refurbishment project was undertaken in consultation with young people and features such as Mood Lighting allow the young people to have more control of their environment, and a strategy to self sooth or communicate to others how they are feeling.

The young people share a communal lounge, dining room, and kitchen. A comfortable visitor’s room allows for family and friends to visit in a relaxed environment and the recently developed Nurture Room provides a calm and relaxing environment for the young people to spend time in, while promoting nurturing and trusting relationships with staff. The nurture room provides a range of sensory items for the young people, providing alternative strategies for the young people to manage their own emotions.

We tailor our approach to each young person’s needs and create an individual care plan that will increase their levels of Hope and Wellbeing. Within this care plan the young person is supported to take responsibility for their own time by completing a weekly activity planner to incorporate educational or work placements, recreational activities, independent time in the community and with family and friends, as well as developing their life skills such as budgeting and independent living skills. Young people are actively encouraged and supported to join local clubs to help support their inclusion and sense of being part of the local community.

We work alongside families, social workers, education staff and health and wellbeing teams to support each young person to achieve their full potential across all SHANARRI(H) indicators to promote a successful transition to our semi-independent cottage within our campus or a return to the community.

Introduction to Close Support.