Learning Disability Service

We provide a combined Care at Home and Housing Support service to people with learning disabilities in Duns and Kelso.

Our service is registered with the Care Inspectorate who ensure that the support we provide meets regulatory standards. You are supported by a dedicated, professional staff team on site, who are registered with the Scottish Social Services Council.

Our support staff will work with you to maximise your independence supporting you with personal care, healthcare needs and medication, support to manage physical disabilities, support with paying bills and with day to day finances. We will also provide personalised support to assist you to take part in social activities out with your home and in the community.

Station Avenue
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Station Avenue, Duns

Our team can visit you in your own home in and around the Duns area through an (outreach) service.

Station Avenue consists of six self-contained bungalows, providing a mix of individual and shared tenancies, and is situated close to the Duns Health Centre, and not too far from the centre of Duns, with its shops, chemist and other facilities.


Poynder Gardens, Kelso

Two high quality wheelchair accessible bungalows were completed as part of Phase II of the sympathetic redevelopment of the former Kelso High School, which includes our extra care housing service at Poynder Apartments. The bungalows were specifically adapted to meet the needs of the new tenants, offering bespoke environments to enable the delivery of excellent care and support.

Kelso is a market town in the Scottish Borders, and the bungalows are in a central location near a fabulous range of amenities. The town square is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Poynder Gardens and offers a range of amenities including restaurants, hotels, pubs and a range of shops. There are two supermarkets on the outskirts of the town. There is a health centre nearby and Borders General Hospital is less than 15 miles away.

We are currently recruiting for this new service. To find out more and make a difference to people’s lives, check out our latest vacancies.

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  • Our six high quality homes have built-in assistive technology, personalised to meet our service users’ individual needs
  • a mix of personalised, adapted bathroom facilities including wet rooms, showers and baths
  • If you are in a shared tenancy you have en-suite facilities as well as access to a shared bathroom equipped with hoists for easy access
  • all homes have dedicated laundry facilities
  • shared homes have communal lounge and kitchen/dining facilities
  • All homes are surrounded by beautiful and well-maintained gardens

You are supported by a dedicated, professional staff team on site, who are registered with the Scottish Social Services Council.

Our support staff work with you to maximise your independence using a range of person-centred approaches to:

  • helping with organising meaningful support plans (StoriiCare)

Support with

  • personal care
  • healthcare needs and medication
  • managing physical disabilities
  • paying bills and with day to day finances
  • integrating you into the community
  • maintaining and developing relationships
  • attending appointments and meetings
  • holidays or to access respite
  • accessing independent and financial help as required
  • managing challenging

We provide a Housing Support and Care at Home service from our base at our Station Avenue in Duns.

Registered with the Care Inspectorate, this service is available to anyone with a learning disability through staff visiting service users in their own homes in or around Duns, whether they are a tenant with us or not.

The keys to life strategy recognises that people who have a learning disability have the same aspirations and expectations as everyone else and is guided by a vision shaped by the Scottish Government’s ambition for all citizens. This strategy is central to how we design and deliver our learning disability services, working in partnership with our tenants and service users, and their support networks. Find out more.