A place for children and young people with unique support needs to come and have fun.
Muirfield Place is a residential respite service for children and young people with varying support needs. For the young people who come here we want it to feel like a holiday, so we put a lot of thought and energy into making it as fun as possible for them. We encourage a culture of self-acceptance and create a space for young people to play together, make new friends and enjoy new experiences.
Tucked away in a quiet estate in Kilwinning, the building is fully wheelchair accessible. It’s a comfortable home-from-home; each of the four bedrooms is designed with a particular theme in mind (everyone has their favourite) and comes with it’s own washing facilities and a height adjustable bed. We also have a large fully enclosed garden where kids can enjoy the swings, log cabin and summer house.
During their stay the children and young people continue to attend their daytime placements. E.g. if they attend school, they will arrive after school on the first day of their time with us, and return home after school on the last day of their stay.
Support for the whole family
Most visits tend to fall into one of three categories: Monday to Wednesday, Wednesday to Friday or Friday to Monday. Longer trips can also be arranged, depending on what works for you and your family.
Muirfield is more than just a service, it’s a forward-thinking community, where both parents and young people can all benefit from peer to peer support. We have an accessible mini-bus which we use for group outings to places like Deep Sea World or Blair Drummond Safari Park – the whole family can come along! We also regularly run open days where families from the local area can come together, explore the play bus, enjoy a magic show and dance their socks off in the disco.
Alongside outings and open days we run a monthly Circle of Support on the first Thursday of every month. Here parents and carers come together for a cup of tea, some food and a chat in a relaxed, supportive environment. We like to bring along special guests and provide complimentary therapies too, so you might end up getting a massage as well!
How to Get Involved
Muirfield Place 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 .
After that, we’ll arrange an easy, informal visit to Muirfield, so everyone knows what to expect. If you’d like to make an informal enquiry about accessing Muirfield Place, please contact Laura, the Project Manager, using the contact details at the bottom of this page.
3 Ways We Support You
We help our young people to stay ACTIVE, going on adventures, visiting trampoline parks and swimming.
Muirfield is a great place to make new friends, at our Open Days or on group trips, e.g. Blair Drummond Safari Park.
He help our young people to achieve their goals, e.g. accessing further education / work placements.
What our Parents Say:
‘This service is a godsend to us, only wish there was another Muirfield Place, as this whole area needs another Muirfield, they are angels to us. Excellent carers. – S. Gilmour (Parent)
What our Team say:
“Everyone wants the best for the young people that come in; we have really close relationships with the kids and the families…I haven’t worked anywhere like it, it’s amazing.” Andrew