Buttercups House

A respite service empowering children and young people with learning disabilities to develop towards their full potential.


Buttercups House is a respite service providing short breaks for young people with learning disabilities, who may also have associated physical disabilities. Based in a purpose-built house in Bishopbriggs, the service can accommodate up to 3 young people at any one time, between the ages of 6 and 21.

Letting your child go for a short break can be a really hard thing to do. That’s why we put a lot of care and attention into the induction process, making sure we know as much as we can about each child / young person before they come and stay.

We cover everything from food preferences and medication to how they’re getting on with school and what their favourite things to do are. That way parents know that their young person will be safe and well looked after, and we know how to make it as fun for them as possible.

Together we make a personal plan for each person who comes to stay; it’s colourful, fully accessible, and full of pictures, so that the young person can be as involved as possible. We are very flexible – what you get up to is up to you; we can go on fun adventures, help with homework, or just relax in front of a DVD – it’s totally up to you. We want to celebrate the achievements of those we support, so those will go into each personal plan as well.

Matching Service

Often people make friends with other young people who use the service. For this reason we have developed a matching process; that way you can hopefully stay at Buttercups at the same time as your pals, and have a sleepover. At the end of your stay we’ll complete your Buttercups Story, so your family know what you’ve been up to when you stayed with us.

How to Get Involved

If you know someone who you think would enjoy a short break at Buttercups, they will need to be referred to us by the Social Work department of East Dunbartonshire council. Your social worker will make an assessment of the young person’s needs, and will follow that up with a recommendation.

If they refer you to us, we’ll invite you to the service for an informal chat, so we can introduce ourselves and tell you a bit more about who we are and what we do. We’ll then set up a more formal meeting, along with the young person’s allocated link worker. After that we’ll arrange a short visit for the young person, maybe after school, or on the weekend, so they can get used to the environment, and the new faces. It can take a bit of time getting used to somewhere new; we take it at your pace, and can arrange as many of these visits as you need, before building up to an overnight stay.

If you have any questions at all about the process, feel free to contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.

What Parents Say:

“This is his first time on respite, it’s amazing and he loves it. The staff went truly above and beyond offering him an amazing transition with full involvement and reassurance for us as well as my son.”

What Our Staff Say:

“Working in a children’s service is very rewarding. I particularly enjoy working with children and young people that are non-verbal as I have gained so much knowledge when communicating using MAKATON.”

3 Activities We Offer

Going on fun outings and adventures

You set the agenda!

We can watch DVD’s, play with jigsaws, play in our safe padded play park – really anything you like!


We can help with your homework too, if you’re staying with us during term time.


55 St Mary's Road
G64 2EH

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