Cantray Square is home to our residential students. We provide accommodation for up to 20 students in 1, 2 and 3 bedroom houses. The flats consist of shared bathrooms, kitchens and lounges, all with heating and hot water supplied from our environmentally friendly and cost effective Bio Mass boiler system. Lighting uses low energy bulbs and rooms are supplied furnished with high quality pine furniture. Mattresses, quilt and pillows are also provided. All rooms are fitted with locks, whilst safes ensure personal items are secure. Students receive their own key on arrival. A two way emergency call system is installed in every room and the square has a comprehensive fire detection system. Internet is available in each house and paid for by students as part of a shared phone/internet contract. Landlines are installed with bills itemised for individual payment. Electricity is by Contact Key, the cost being met by students in each house.
Our Independent Living Team has lots of experience in providing specialist housing support for young people and come from a number of care and support backgrounds. The square is staffed primarily on an evening 4-10 Monday to Friday, with two staff remaining on duty throughout the night. Weekends are staffed 24 hours. During the day, should residents require support or advice, our Team Leader and other campus staff are always available. Whilst living at Cantray Square we provide person-centred support to ensure our students are able to learn the skills they need to reach the ultimate goal of moving on to maintaining their own tenancy, in a community setting.
We often find that moving to Cantray Square is the first time our residential students have ever lived away from home. We’re keen to help our them discover a new home away from home, whilst at the same time assisting them to overcome new challenges, both socially and domestically. We believe in helping our young people to develop the skills and resilience they will need to take their next steps after college, whatever they may be.
We also know how important it is for our residential students to stay connected with people, at home, in the community and on the campus. As well as organising events and parties onsite; we also enable students to enjoy an off-campus social life, like going clubbing, or for a meal in Inverness, a football match, music event or cinema visit. Positive risk taking enables our residential students to become confident young adults and lead valued lives after Cantraybridge.
Typically, the support we provide includes:
- Help with cooking, cleaning and domestic tasks
- Helping with managing money, paying bills and completing forms
- Support to maintain good, healthy relationships with friends, families and significant others
- Support in learning to live with others
Independent Living Service Manager
Hazel MacDonald is the registered manager for housing support and is responsible for the safety and wellbeing of each student and member of staff. She is also responsible for ensuring all staff register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and that they are fully trained, competent and qualified, and that they receive regular support and supervision.
Housing Team Leaders
Our Housing Team Leaders are Sheena Beaton and Abby Taggart. Their responsibility lies in supporting and supervising the support workers, who in turn support our residential students.
Our Team Leaders make up staff rotas and ensure that cover is in place 24/7. They are also responsible for managing students finances such as housing benefit, DLA, PIP, Universal Credit and helping our students to budget and save.
Our Health and Well Being Advisor
Norma Cameron is our health and well being advisor. She organises GP, dental, optical, hospital and psychology appointments for our students. Norma also organises training for the students on healthy lifestyles, healthy relationships and sexual relationships.
Our service is inspected annually by the Care Inspectorate and findings are made public so that all of our stakeholders, students and their families can see how well we are providing our service.