Helping children and young people with additional support needs to grow in confidence, do what they want to do and most importantly have fun!
Muirfield Outreach is a dedicated outreach service designed for children and young people with learning disabilities in North and East Ayrshire. It’s all about having FUN! Through individual or group activities we encourage the young people we support to build new relationships and grow in confidence. We often use public transport when we’re out and about, as it increases that feeling of independence for those we support, but we have an accessible minibus that we use as well.
We recognise that everyone is unique, and when we meet a new person we tailor our approach accordingly. We’ll have a conversation about what the young person wants, what their family wants, and start from there.
If you’re keen to go out into the community, we can do that – if you feel that in-house support is more appropriate, that works as well. Outings and activities can vary wildly, one week it’ll be trampolining and bowling, the next we’ll go for a meal at China Buffet King! It depends on the young people and what works for them.
Support for Families
Alongside supporting the children and young people to have a good time, we think it’s really important to support families and parents as well. With Muirfield Place (our sister project) we run a monthly Circle of Support on the first Thursday of every month; it’s a space for parents / primary caregivers to come together for lunch, a cup of tea – sometimes even a massage – and learn from people who are on a similar journey.
We also have a closed Facebook group. If you give your consent, we will use this space to share photos of your young person having fun – it’s also a good space to post any questions you might have for the staff team.
How to get involved
Muirfield Outreach is for children and young people aged between 5 and 18 in North and East Ayrshire. Before they can access the service they’ll need to have a Child and Young Person’s Community Resource Assessment. This will be completed by a Social Worker and then sent to Children and Families Services, where the assessment is presented to the Respite Resource Group.
Support can also be paid for privately, or via self-directed support. If you’d like to have an informal chat about how to access the service, feel free to contact the project manager using the contact details at the bottom of this page.
What our Families Say:
“Your leadership and guidance makes a huge difference to families who struggle to get through the day sometimes. You are inspirational.” B.S. (Parent)
What our Families Say:
“Staff have a desire and passion to go the extra mile for kids and parents” K. Lundy (Parent)
3 Ways We Support You
Everyone’s part of a close community who support each other. Spending time together our children and young people develop special bonds.
Our young people attend our Wee Blether forum groups, where they select outings and activities, and their voice is heard.
On our fun outings we support our young people to be safe in the community. We have fun ways to learn road safety, stranger danger, and using public transport.