Aberdeen Cyrenians

Wernham House

Wernham House
7 Virginia Street
Aberdeen AB11 5AZ
Tel: 01224 210547

Project Manager – Ruth Ogilvie
Depute Project Manager – Eileen Edwards

Aberdeen Cyrenians has been providing a service at Wernham House for almost 25 years.  We provide residential and respite care accommodation to adults who have alcohol issues, mental health issues, challenging behaviour issues and would have difficulties in maintaining mainstream tenancies. Care and support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a dedicated team of Resettlement Workers.

Wernham House is built on 4 floors with a total of 17 bedrooms on the 1st to 3rd floor. Each of the accommodation floors has a bath and 2 toilets and there are also shower rooms on the 3rd floor.

There is a lift but the building is not adapted for wheelchair users.

On the ground floor there is a large dining room which can also be used as a meeting space. All meals are provided at Wernham and all dietary requirements can be catered for.  There is a laundry room on the ground floor with 2 washing machines and tumble drier available for the use of all service users.

There is a large lounge /games room on the 1st floor and a smaller quiet activity room on the 2nd floor. These too can be used as meeting spaces.

Referral Criteria

  • The service has accommodation for 17 adults, both male and female, over the age of 18 years with 4 places identified for people requiring respite care.
  • Referrals will all have alcohol related issues and may have associated mental health, challenging behaviour, health or mobility issues.
  • Referrals may also be experiencing difficulties in maintaining tenancies due to alcohol related issues and require a short period of respite care.
  • Referrals may be unable to maintain mainstream tenancy with the level of support available in the community setting.

Service Provision

The staff at Wernham House seek to improve the situation of vulnerable people by providing non-judgmental support within a context of voluntary engagement.  We establish relationships based on respect, acceptance and personal value and encourage the service user to be involved in all aspects and decisions about their care and in the development of effective interventions.

The service operates a person-centred approach to working with all service users.  A keyworker and co- keyworker will be allocated to all service users and they will take a lead role in creating and developing an individual personal plan for the service user.

Service users will be supported and encouraged to participate in the day to day living within Wernham House e.g. being responsible for their own living space, their own personal care and laundry and to participate where possible in shopping and cooking tasks. The aim of respite care provided will be to encourage stabilisation, physical recovery and to assist the service user to return home better placed to deal with day-to-day living. It will also afford carers the opportunity to have a break from the pressures they experience.

Referral Protocol

  • All referrals will require a Single Shared Assessment (SSA) to be completed by Aberdeen City Council Social Work Service
  • The referrals will be forwarded to the management at Wernham House 01224 210547 and  Elaine Ross, Senior Social Worker, Integrated Alcohol Services (IAS) 01224 557353
  • The management at Wernham House will liase with IAS to prioritise referrals and when there is a vacancy, decide on the admission.
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