Croekwood is set in a rural location on the outskirts of West Kilbride. The service offers a nurturing environment to children and young people. Croekwood is a spacious house with five bedrooms, two large lounges and a kitchen/dining room. The location boasts a picturesque backdrop of green fields and nature.
Walks around the countryside are on our doorstep and the surrounding fields have horses, alpacas and highland cows.
Needs of Young People
Young people who have experienced failed attachment will find sanctuary and healing within this warm and impressively furnished setting. The therapeutic surroundings at Croekwood would also offer an engaging learning and living environment for children and young people with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Individuals experiencing issues of anxiety and trauma as well as resulting social and emotional behaviours may benefit from the independent living setting available, which also allows for structured peer engagement on the grounds.
The family environment, routines and strategies are in line with what works best for individual young people and staff ratios reflect the needs of the young people, offering various levels of support, and include a 24 hour waking service.
Assessment and Planning
Croekwood facilitates robust internal assessments, taking full account of the SHANARRI model, and also ensures young people access relevant external agency assessment, such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS) as required. On the basis of this careful assessment, including risk assessment, and existing plans, along with representatives from the placing authority and parents/carers and the young person, agree suitably challenging outcomes. Care staff and education staff work closely together to agree shared needs, consistent strategies and approaches, mindful of the unique residential setting which provide personalised learning opportunities.
Our experienced staff team at Croekwood place a strong emphasis on engaging with children and young people and having them identify their living situation as no ordinary care setting. We focus on possibilities rather than limitations in order to foster empowerment for our children and young people.
A core practice within Aspire Scotland and in particular at Croekwood is role modelling to encourage positive interactions in tackling issues resilience and social engagement. Our team are skilled and experience in providing positive transitions for young people from previous placements, through careful and inclusive planning for the young person.
The spacious grounds at Croekwood offer considerable opportunities for social and peer engagement with vast space to support children and young people with their choice of activities and hobbies. There is a plan to have flower beds and a fruit and vegetable garden on site promoting both individual and group activities that will contribute to the achievement of positive outcomes. There are links with a local stable so children and young people who have an interest in horses can attend. Croekwood has space to have their own farm animals which will be developed through participation from the children and young people living there.
The village of West Kilbride is a 5 minute drive away and is known as Scotland’s first craft town and is home to a variety of studios and galleries which showcase local artists’ work.
Our community campus and education facility is at Radio City which is a 15 minute drive away and provides young people with exceptional fitness and dining facilities where they can live and learn with the local communities of North Ayrshire. Other activities in the local area include:
- Vikingar! (Largs).
- North Ayrshire Heritage Centre.
- Water Sports at Castle Semple.
- Portencross Hamlet and Beach.
- Seamill Hydro.
- Stevenston Miniature Golf Course.
- Many Local Beaches.
- Kelburn Country Park.
- Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.
Young people who have resided at Croekwood have enjoyed their placements where they have faced significant social and emotional barriers to group integration. Our current resident has expressed their contentment and progress at Croekwood.
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