People with complex needs requiring flexible housing support in Aberdeen can benefit from a combined service in the city supporting them to build confidence, self-esteem and lead a more independent life.

Turning Point Scotland Aberdeen Housing Support brings together existing skills and expertise brought about by the amalgamation of  SHAPE and STABLE. Supporting Huntington’s and Promoting Equality (SHAPE) was a community based housing support service for adults who are living with a neurological condition. STABLE offered flexible and consistent support to individuals that have had mental health issues and are living in their own home.

The range of help that is on offer in the combined service is available from the point of crisis, through to tenancy sustainment or longer term support and support with social activities can be provided through some funding streams.

Patsy Telford, Service Manager, Turning Point Scotland Aberdeen Housing Support said:

“What was striking was that the two teams were doing the same work but separately. There have been many advantages to bringing them together for example there is now a greater pool of staff and skills to match to service users individual needs and there have been business efficiencies as a result.”

I believe that the support has improved. We have freed up office space to create additional resources for service users like computer access. It also allows me as manager to meet the people we support on a more regular basis.

As part of self directed support the new super team will be trained on all aspects of support and so the service will not be restricted to mental health and neurological disorders. Others with complex needs can also benefit from the quality support that Turning Point Scotland provide in Aberdeen.”