Top marks for Girvan opportunities centre

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The Carrick Opportunities Centre building in Girvan’s Henrietta Street has received a glowing report from the Care Inspectorate.

The report which was released last week, praised the building environment and its staff in a number of different areas.

The Care Inspectorate’s Tony Clarke arrived unnanounced at the centre on Friday 24th January but he largely only found things to compliment.

Indeed, the centre scored very good or excellent in four major categories.

The report said that the quality of care and support was excellent whilst the quality of environment, the quality of staffing and the quality of management and leadership all scored in the very good category in the report.

And in a further boost to the centre which is ran by South Ayrshire Council, the report details that the people who they met whilst attending were highly satisfied with the level of care that they received and this was confirmed afterwards in questionnaire returns including returns from carers.

Since the care inspectorate last surveyed the services provided have moved to it’s current location in Henrietta Street and this went down well with the inspector.

The report says that the opportunities centre offers good integration and involvement with local agencies including a specialist school, community halls and access to employment services.

The report also said that people using the service were supported in a wide range of education, recreation and skilled activities.

These included community gardening, performances for local schools, involvement in the local arts festival and further afield in Glasgow, having been invited to give performances as part of the preparation for the Commonwealth Games.

The report also praised the centre for marking positive outcomes for those attending by handing out awards at their annual open day.

In terms of improvement, the inspectorate report said that the service is further developing outcome based working and recording.

The centre will also improve with the introduction of ASDAN which is a recognised adult education course to promote and accredit social and learning skills. And further work is also being done to complete the use of user friendly documentation.

Since the last inspection, the relocation has ensured an open and bright environment has been created, furnished and adapted according to the choices and needs of those attending.

Staff see the change of service name to ‘Girvan Opportunities’ as a positive one.

The report concluded that since the last inspection, the service has relocated to a more suitable building and has continued to introduce improvements in how it supports people. The Care Inspectorate said they saw many ways for people to influence the quality of their service and there were helpful and professional working relationships throughout the service.