Self-directed support (SDS) allows people to choose how their support is provided to them by giving them as much ongoing control as they want over the individual budget spent on their support.
Ayrshire Childrens Services CIC (ACS) works to support children age 7-11yrs who have *Additional Support Needs (ASN). Each individual child is appropriately matched with a specialist volunteer support worker who works alongside the child in a personal centred manner and at the age and stage appropriate to their development. Through the use of social and leisure activities the child is able to pick a variety of pursuits which will in turn raise their personal development, self-esteem and confidence.** *Learning environment, Family circumstances, Disability and health needs, Social and emotional factors. **ACS believes the earlier children receive positive interventions and support towards their development, the further they will go in life.
Through Self-Direct Support some parents / carers of children with ASN can access additional money to buy in services which will best suite their childs needs. By training and developing volunteers ACS matches worker to child to ensure the worker has the skills and experience the child required to support their needs. In turn ACS will build the service around the child and their families and by being able to access payment through direct payments parents and carers will not be out of pocket when buying in the services of ACS. for more information on Self- Direct Support Contact Ayrshire Independant Living Network 01294 475685 / www.ailn.org
ACS is the first not for profit, social enterprise child care service in Ayrshire, and by having the ability to keep costs low we are very market competitive. Along with the government White Paper and Local Government Single Outcome Agreements, ACS ticks all the boxes for both agendas. With ACS being built on 22 years of local experience, knowledge and respectable reputation, the service has already begun to receive positive feedback.
ACS takes a holistic approach to the childs development in general terms this means “everything”, physical, social and emotional, language, knowledge and understanding and creativity. Sessions will be planned around the childs needs and wishes and will be indivdual to each child. Children will be able to access sports, crafts, outdoor activities and interact with animals of all shapes and sizes.