New Gowrie Care residential autism service opens in Angus

Councillor Glennis Middleton (left) with Gowrie Care chairperson, Janet Lynch
Councillor Glennis Middleton (left) with Gowrie Care chairperson, Janet Lynch

Councillor Glennis Middleton, convenor of the social work and health committee in Angus, opened a new modern and high-tech residential autism care facility in Brechin last week.

The new Riverview service will provide a much needed 24 hour residential support facility for 3 people on the autism spectrum in Angus.

When speaking at the opening, Councillor Middleton said: “This new facility is a very welcome new addition to specialist supported accommodation in Angus. It is such an inspiring and airy space that has been tailored to the specific needs of people with autism, which will greatly enhance their experience of supported living. The council is delighted to be part of the innovative partnership that has brought this much needed facility to fruition.”

Councillor Middleton was joined at the service’s opening by other representatives from Angus Council and committee members and staff from Gowrie Care, the organisation who manage the service.

Gowrie Care managing director, Damian McGowan, said: “Stepping into Riverview you would be forgiven for thinking that you had been welcomed into a luxury modern family home. Bright and airy, every room maximises light and space.

“From the top of the range kitchen, sparkling wet room facilities and sensory room, to the bespoke radiator covers, autism-friendly fittings and high-tech staff control system; the whole service has been built from the ground up with providing its residents the best care possible in mind.

“We pride ourselves on providing person centred support and through delivering an autism specific service we are doing just that. A combination of highly trained staff and a bespoke service will ensure the highest level of support for people to live their lives.”

Riverview is the result of a complete renovation of a 5 bedroom house. Trades people from Hillcrest Maintenance Service stripped the property back to its shell before refurbishing it into the sleek and modern care facility it is today.

Gowrie Care chairperson, Janet Lynch, added: “Everyone at Gowrie Care is delighted with the end result of this renovation. As you may know April is Autism Awareness Month, however this service has been designed to support people on the autism spectrum for many months and years to come.

“At Riverview Gowrie Care, in partnership with Angus Council and Hillcrest Maintenance, has created a truly modern and custom built care and support service.

“This service perfectly showcases our drive to be a forward-thinking care provider with the needs of the people we support at the core of everything we do.”

Residents will be moving into Riverview in the coming weeks and the staff team at the service are working towards to becoming Autism Accredited service with the National Autistic Society.

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