Turning Point Scotland Dumfries & Galloway is offering a brand new service to help people take a short break from supporting and caring for a loved one.

Previously people from Wigtownshire looking for respite have to travel over 70 miles away to Dumfries.

Now they can take advantage of a holiday bungalow run by Turning Point Scotland Dumfries & Galloway services, to stay closer to Stranraer.

Turning Point Scotland has been providing short breaks, day opportunities and day supports to people in Dumfries and Galloway for over 15 years.

The bungalow provides an opportunity to develop short breaks, particularly for people with complex needs in Stranraer enabling families and individuals to have a locally based short breaks service.

The short break service offers a highly experienced staff team registered to support people aged 11 and over (of secondary school age) and staff have been PVG cleared to work with children and vulnerable adults.

Based in the outskirts of the town, the new house has 3 bedrooms (downstairs) 1 bedroom and en-suite (upstairs) and 2 bathrooms. It is barrier free, with a wet room, accessible bathroom and a large secluded garden to the rear. The house and gardens are fully redeveloped to be wheelchair friendly and the level of support provided can be designed to suit the individual.

The property has large, well proportioned rooms with plenty of natural light throughout and has modern, clean decor. The large kitchen has a good sized dining area leading out to the back of the house.

The large back garden backs on to a large quiet field with grazing horses and woodland area.

The property is located close to the town centre and marina overlooking Loch Ryan. There are a range of near by activities for young people to be entertained, including a leisure centre with swimming pool, flumes, theatre and cinema and a large park with a small boating pond, miniature railway and four wheel trikes.

The service is very close to the local secondary school, a large supermarket and local hospital.

Turning Point Scotland Operations Manager Dave Bleasdale said:

“It will be mainly used for young people with a disability to stay for a few nights, to allow their parents to get some respite.

Caring for them 24 hours a day, seven days a week is hard work and it is not possible for them to keep doing it without a rest.

This means there will be somewhere for them to come that’s close by so they can get to their child quickly if they need to.

There are not a lot of alternatives in this part of the country for children.

We’ve had a couple of parents in the past telling us they need some choice and we really don’t want to send them 80 miles away either.”

Anna is a teenager with Aspergers who stayed in the bungalow. She said:

“I have enjoyed my new found independence with friendly fun support. It is a good location for going for walks and is close to the centre of town for shopping.

Every Wednesday I attended a sport group at the leisure centre, along with using the health suite facilities to relax.

I have made independent decisions with guidance and support, making plans for days out such as a shopping trip to Ayr and going bowling.

The house has been an enjoyable experience with home comforts where I can watch TV, listen to music and enjoy baking things in the big kitchen.”

Anyone wishing to use the service can use a variety of funding streams, including self-directed support payments.






The bungalow can also be used as a holiday let for people for 3, 4 or 7 nights with or without support needs who want to visit and stay in the area, without the use of Turning Point Scotland staff.

The property has easy access to shops, restaurants, cafés and for sight-seeing the picturesque coastline of Girvan or South to the Mull of Galloway within easy reach, making it an ideal location for a short break.

The local area and coastline has break-taking scenery and easy access to a range of leisure pursuits, such as outdoor adventure sports or more laid back options such as golf, walking and exploring the local wildlife and seabirds.

For those wanting to visit Northern Ireland for a day trip, the cottage is a short journey from Cairn Ryan where you can get the ferry to Belfast in just  a few hours, with ferry prices starting from as little as £10.

To find out how to book the short break service or holiday let including pricing, please contact 01776 700 666.