Waterside continues the farm living approach that has been so successful in meeting the needs of young people at our Woodend Farm service, while also placing a particular emphasis on engaging with the trauma of failed attachment. Waterside has two available living arrangements with both a five bedroom and singleton service being available on the premises, which boasts a picturesque backdrop of green fields and nature.

Needs of Young People

Young people suffering from failed attachment will find sanctuary and healing within this warm and impressively furnished setting. The therapies available at Waterside would also offer an engaging learning and living environment for children and young people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder and other mental health challenges.

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 1:1 and 2:1 support, and include a 24 hour waking service.

Assessment and Planning

Waterside facilitates robust internal assessment, 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. 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 team at Waterside place a strong emphasis on engaging with children and young people and having them identify their living situation as no ordinary care setting. What sets our practice at the farm apart is the focus on possibilities rather than limitations in order to foster empowerment.

A core practice within Aspire Scotland and in particular at Waterside 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 Waterside offer considerable opportunities for social and peer engagement and the chicken coup, stables and fishing pond on site promotes both individual and group activities that will contribute to the achievement of positive outcomes.

Our community campus at Radio City is only a short distance 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:

  • Swimming, trampoline and dry slope skiing.
  • Camping and Barbeques
  • Water sports at Castle Semple.
  • Heads of Ayr Farm Park.
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • Laser quest/bowling/go-karting.
  • Bike rides around the local cycle paths.
  • Whitelee Windfarms.

Positive Outcomes

Young people who have resided at Waterside and the Cottage have enjoyed long term placements where they have faced their significant social and emotional barriers to group integration. Our current residents have expressed their contentment and progress at Waterside and the Cottage.

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