Care and Support Services for young people at Birchwood Highland
Services offered by Birchwood Highland include support for young men and women aged 16 to 25 years. Community Support Services are available from our bases in Inverness, Easter Ross and Lochaber. Residential services are available from our 23 bedded Recovery Centre which serves the Highland area. All our services are inclusive of young people from age 16 and upwards, as well as being open to older adults. We aim to support people in experiencing good mental health and to enjoy a good quality of life.
How does Birchwood Highland work with young people?
Every young person Birchwood Highland works with has individual needs and aspirations. Some young people feel stressed and anxious. Others may feel isolated or worthless, and that no one understands them. Many young people feel that they have no one to talk to about how they are really feeling. Some young people wish support with accessing education, training, volunteering or employment opportunities. Some young people wish support with managing family and other social relationships, or with their housing or with managing money.
All Birchwood Highland’s services have core values of independence, inclusion, and recovery. By listening to and talking with a young person, we together develop a personal support plan, and agree goals to work towards. These goals are kept under review as the support progresses. Other people who support the young person can be included in this process when relevant. We also work alongside other professionals and link young people with relevant specialist services to enable them to access specialist assistance. We aim to provide support to young people as early as possible, in order that an early intervention provides the opportunity to optimise their longer term mental health.
What are the benefits of Birchwood Highland support?
Birchwood Highland aims to enable and empower the young people we support to identify their own priorities, make positive choices, and to take steps to put these into action, at their pace. We work towards a time when a young person can manage more independently, or engage directly with key agencies, having gained more skills and confidence. Everyone is different, but examples of outcomes could include: improved, mental and physical health; developing strategies to self manage their own mental health, increased confidence; more productive relationships with family, friends, key professionals and agencies, and their local community. Some young people are supported with identifying options for education, volunteering, training or employment and/or taking the next steps towards this. Some young people use their Birchwood Highland support to ensure they are living somewhere safe and suitable, and have the skills to maintain this. .Any support provided by Birchwood Highland is continually reviewed as needs and priorities change.
Further details about different aspects of Birchwood Highland services can be found at the following links:
How are services funded?
There are different funding possibilities that suit different situations, and you may have an assessment of your needs carried out by a social worker or other relevant professional involved in your support. If a young person has their own tenancy then Housing Support may be applicable, otherwise packages of care and/or support may be available through Self Directed Support (SDS) payments, or could be purchased privately. Your GP or other Health Care Provider, or Social Worker can talk through what might be available to you and discuss details about having an assessment.
Services may also be provided on a self-funding basis, where someone agrees the support and this is paid for privately. Please feel free to contact us directly for more information.
Find out how we can help
To find out more about what care or support Birchwood Highland can offer in your personal situation please feel free to contact us either at Head Office or contact the relevant service directly:
Birchwood Highland Head Office
59 Tomnahurich Street
Tel: (01463) 236507
Community Support Services
Easter Ross Support Service
108b High Street
Tel: 01349 853 153
Team Manager: Lynn Keith
Lochaber Support Service
Flat 5 Meall na Mara
Tel: 01397 700944
Fax: 01397 700944
Team Manager: Johnan Cameron