Support plan for families

One of the largest, free Scottish events dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs is being held at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.
One of the largest, free Scottish events dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs is being held at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.

Families who use Quarriers Short Break Service in Newton Mearns are being supported to find alternatives after the charity’s announcement it will close the service.

East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is already in discussions with a range of organisations, and is looking at ways to better utilise its own support services, to ensure a seamless transition for the small number of families affected.

In recent years there has been a reduction in demand for traditional building-based respite services for children with additional support needs.

This is as a result of the HSCP working more closely with families to offer a range of bespoke solutions which better reflect the changing needs of our communities. The increased choice and flexibility offered by these arrangements has been welcomed by the families.

Quarriers recently toldthe HSCP that it will not be able to offer a residential service beyond the October school holiday as a result of the reduced demand for its services.