We support many people with autism across our services. These include:
- Housing support and care at home services
- Our activities hub
- At college and university by our student support service
Our services are person-centred and flexible to ensure we meet the specific needs of the people we support, putting the individual with autism at the heart of their support.
We ensure we get to know each person so we fully understand how to communicate and relate to them and how they interact with others, situations and environments. We understand that communication and interaction do not always involve the use of speech and language so we use the most appropriate method of communication for each individual.
We utilise an outcomes tool called Outcome Star to assess and plan each person’s support and have a specific star called Spectrum Star for people who have autism. We encourage everyone we support to be as involved as they can be in developing appropriate support for them by using the Star.
We work closely with other professionals to ensure we provide an excellent standard of support. This includes:
- Care managers
- Psychologists and psychiatrists
- Speech and language therapy
- Community Mental Health Team
- The National Autistic Society
We value family and carer input and work closely with them through the person’s transition to a new service and while they are supported by us.
We have two services that have achieved accreditation with the National Autistic Society. These are:
- Our Crieff service at Millnab Street. This service offers housing support and care at home to people with learning disabilities and autism.
- Our student support service which supports students who attend Dundee and Angus College, Perth College, Dundee University, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Abertay University as well as Highlands and Islands University (Perth Campus).
- We have other services currently working toward accreditation
We use the National Autistic Society standards as a benchmark for all or services that support people with autism. These services are all registered with the Care Inspectorate.
Hillcrest Futures is committed to The Scottish Autism Strategy vision to ensure that “individuals on the autism spectrum are respected, accepted and valued by their communities and have confidence in services to treat them fairly so that they are able to have meaningful and satisfying lives.”
Morgan, Riverview service
“The staff do an amazing, tremendous job.”
In this video we hear from Morgan about the support he receives from Hillcrest Futures. Morgan has received support from our Riverview service in Brechin for around six years.
Our Riverview service provides person-centred and flexible support to people with autism
Alan, student support service
Alan has received support from Hillcrest Futures’ student support service for over seven years. We’ve asked him a few questions about the support he receives and how it improves his life. Here’s what he said:
- What is your name and can you tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Alan, I’m 24 and I study Certificate in Games and Computer Technology at Dundee and Angus College.
- How did you first get involved with Hillcrest Futures?
I got involved with Hillcrest Futures, at the time it was called Gowrie Care, by starting college. When I left school a Social Work Transition Officer decided that Gowrie Care would be the best option for me when I started college.
- How long have you been supported by us?
I was involved with Hillcrest Futures for 7 and a half years for college support.
- What type of things do staff support you with?
Hillcrest supported me one-to-one when I first started with them. In Supported Education, they supported me constantly throughout the day. Since leaving Supported Education they supported me occasionally in Hospitality, but I needed more support in Business & Administration and Computing. They help me stay focused, and ensure that I understand the work. Since lockdown when I had to work from home, they check in to see how I’m doing and see if I’m working hard and how I’m coping with situations like this.
- What difference does the support from Hillcrest Futures make to your life?
This made my life much easier by being supported by someone. Knowing someone is there helps me to cope with situations like this and it helps to keep me calm. They remind me to do distraction techniques when I’m not coping with college work or not coping with something happening within the family that is distracting me from college work.