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We provide services to assist with the following:

  • personal care and support including medication management
  • day-to-day tasks
  • learning new skills and becoming more independent
  • taking up education and employment opportunities
  • becoming more involved in social activities in the local area

For more information about the services we offer across Scotland, download our Scotland brochure here.

Living Ambitions Aberdeen area office provides services for the following areas: Bridge of Don, Bridge of Dee, Cults, Kingswells and Old Aberdeen, our services include: Supported Living, Learning Disabilities, Complex Needs, Active days, Neuro Rehabilitation & Acquired Brain Injury.

Living Ambitions, part of the Lifeways Group,  specialises in providing support to people with a range of needs from people with a learning disability, mental health needs to people with more complex needs.

The services we provide can range from personal care, domestic tasks to more complex support and people who present with behaviours that may challenge.

Positive Behaviour Support

The organisation utilises the Lifeways Positive Behaviour Support model. The Lifeways PBS model is very much focused on Proactive support. Our belief is that if a person spends their day engaged in fulfilling and meaningful activities in a supportive environment, with a highly competent, diligent staff team, and facilitated to communicate effectively then, in our experience, behaviours described as challenging often fade into insignificance. That is not to say that a person’s sensory issues or anxiety levels are no longer important factors, but rather they can be made less significant in a highly supportive enriched environment. We have also found that staff find promoting positive activities and interchanges is much more rewarding and fun for both the person they are supporting and themselves that job satisfaction also massively increases. The model is focused on all our staff to be focused on holistic positive support (rather than behaviour modification) which is what some still see as the role of PBS. The model is heavily influenced by the research and writings of Gary LaVigna, Julie Beadle Brown, Nick Gore, Olga Bogdashina, Sandy Toogood and David Allen.

Dubford Services

Dubford Services provides accommodation to a maximum of 24 people who present with complex needs.

Dubford Services comprises of 3 buildings; Oak, Provost and Mitchell. Each building provides accommodation and support to a maximum number of 8 people in both shared and single tenancies. Whether a sole tenancy or single tenancy is required, is based on need.

Each building has its own Service Manager, who is supported by a team of Senior Support and Support Staff.

Dubford Community Services provides accommodation and support to people, who present with complex needs and behaviours that may be described as challenging.

Aberdeen Community Services

Aberdeen Community Services provides a range of support to people who live in their own homes. Services provided include Personal care, meal preparation, domestic tasks, escort and emotional support.

Aberdeen Community Services has its own Service Manager, who is supported by a Team Leader and Support Staff.

Experienced staff are specifically recruited using our Inclusive Recruitment to meet the needs of each individual taking into account age, compatibility, gender and other needs.

These services are provided across Aberdeen.

Craig Court

Craig Court offers specialist Neuro Assessment and Rehabilitation for people aged 16 and over with an Acquired Brain Injury (e.g. traumatic brain injury, stroke) and Spinal Injury with ongoing active assessment and/or rehabilitation goals.

Craig Court is run by Living Ambitions in collaboration with NHS Grampian.

We provide rehabilitation to enable people to work towards their goals and maximise their independence.

Living Ambitions provide specialist 24hr nursing care, headed by the Nursing Manager, experienced support workers and an Activities Co-ordinator.

NHS Grampian provide a specialist rehab team of Neuropsychology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Dietetics and a Clinical Support Worker. The team is co-ordinated by Neuropsychology.

There are no onsite doctors – medical cover is provided by Camphill Medical Practice and a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine.

• We provide a personalised rehab programme, based on your rehab goals, with your own timetable. This will include rehab sessions, activities and time for rest/relaxation.

• Initially, you will be assessed by the team.

• Your Keyworker will discuss goals with you and arrange a Review Meeting to discuss progress

• When appropriate, home/community passes can be arranged

• You will have your own room/self-contained flat with en-suite facilities

• Our catering staff prepare nutritious and tasty meals on site, including varied diets

Loch Park

Loch Park is a work-centred project for adults within the learning disability community. It can offer practical skills through comprehensive training and support in gardening, cooking, arts and crafts and woodwork and wood processing. We provide a range of activities that can enhance self confidence and build a community presence within the village of Drummuir.

Participants are encouraged to contribute to the direction of the project so they achieve their potential. We can tailor particular requirements to enable participants to enjoy a good days work with our established team.

Aims & Objectives

The project aims to ‘enable and encourage every person to participate to the maximum of their potential, and that every person both contributes to and benefits from the community in which they live in’ according to social justice and social inclusion.

Loch Park is committed to:

• Addressing service users lack of opportunities through stimulating a change in the perception of training and employment, and to provide ongoing guidance and counselling.

• Equipping service users with transferable skills through comprehensive training and support programme, which includes developing core and social skills.

• Providing an integrated approach of support for target groups through the project support worker and the project’s direct link into the Learning Strategy Group and Access Projects.

Enquiries & referrals

Contact details

Manager: Emily Horsley
Tel: 01224 548240
Email: info@livingambitions.co.uk

Where to find us

Suite 2, Commerce house
Commerce Street
Aberdeen
Aberdeenshire
AB11 5FN