A new service has been launched in Inverclyde to meet the needs of people in the local community living with complex needs arising from their mental illness.

Turning Point Scotland, the national social care charity has worked within the area for over 13 years working with individuals with a range of issues.

Turning Point Scotland Inverclyde Housing Support service is needed as part of the redesign of mental health services in Inverclyde – which seeks to shift the balance of care into community based provision.

Elaine Bradley, Operations Manager for Turning Point Scotland said:

“Our approach to the design and delivery of this specific housing support service is based on our commitment to make services fit people.

“The service aims to promote a safe and secure lifestyle for the people we support while maximising their capacity for independence and reintegration to the local community.

“Some may have difficulties in relation to alcohol and drug misuse and will require support with personal care and social functioning.”

Support will be provided for up to eight people who will be supported twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

Turning Point Scotland takes a person centred approach underpinned by values which include respect for service users as individuals, flexibility to respond to the changing needs of service users, creating a package of integrated services, working in partnership with other agencies, equipping staff to manage and challenge behaviours, providing clear and accessible information, and building links with families seeking to involve them as stakeholders.