Loch Park Day Centre
A specialist day centre for adults with learning disabilities.
Type of property
Loch Park is a day centre for adults with learning disabilities. We are situated in the highlands of Scotland and surrounded by open space and beautiful countryside. Our unique position allows us to provide a safe, secure, and relaxing environment, allowing our service users to thrive, learn, and develop at their own pace.
Loch Park is a multi-functional service, with a large variety of activities available. We have 11 staff members, 43 service users, and a long list of people waiting to join us. We have a large selection of tools and equipment, a fully renovated toilet and shower block, and a spacious kitchen at the bunkhouse with a license to sell food to the public. We have made the centre wheelchair accessible by laying concrete paths throughout, and have erected a large chicken coop, various outbuildings, and four new workshops - all of which were built by our service users.
Valued in your community
Loch Park is a big part of the local community. Our main focus at Loch Park is on teaching rural skills, and we do this through our small business -Heartwood Logs and Kindling Supplies.
Our service users are fully trained in operating the kindling machine and log splitters, as well as undergoing regular health and safety training. Together the staff and service users chop, stack, and bag the logs, then deliver the loads directly to the customer. We have customers from all over the county and have had great support from the local community. We have also been involved with a number of building projects in the area, and have been asked to complete more building works in 2020. One of our more recent projects was building the Storytellers Shelter on Drummuir Estate, which had its grand opening in June.
Living at this service
At the centre we encourage social interaction and participation in a wide variety of activities. We are also involved with the local community, working with other local groups such as Keith and Dufftown Railway, Drummuir 21, and the River Spey Salmon Hatchery. Our service users also regularly participate in fundraising activities such as bake sales, sponsored walks, and our annual music festival.
Loch Park encourages our service users to learn many new skills such as cooking, nutrition, budgeting, and animal care. We also provide in-house training schemes such as gardening skills, photography skills, manual handling, health and safety, and even anger management.
We are very proud of Loch Park, and for many of us it is a home from home.
"Our qualified and experienced staff provide a person-centred service, supporting each service user according to their specific needs, whilst striving to encourage them through their continuing development. We have achieved a score of 5/6 from the latest Care Inspectorate review, and an internal audit score of 90%." Manager, Lock Park Day Centre.