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Dick Stewart Service

The Dick Stewart Service is located at 40 Circus Drive Dennistoun in Glasgow.

Supported Accommodation Services
Description of the service
The service provides residential supported accomodation in single rooms with shared facilities for male and female offenders. A normal stay comprises of 16 weeks and over that time support is provided for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At night support is provided by means of a member of staff on sleepover for emergency only. Exclusions from the service would be people convicted of sexual offences or recent arson.
Staff assist service users to develop independant living skills which will help them to manage in a less supported enviroment or as they go on to maintain their own tenancy. The main skills addressed are budgeting, housekeeping, cooking, developing a helpful routine, self care, taking resposibility and paying bills.
In addition service users will be supported and encouraged to take part in the community programmes which will help them address their offending behaviour as identified by their care manager. These programmes are not run in the house.
Within the 7 bedded capacity the service will also provide a short term home leave facility for the Scottish Prison Service providing a home leave base and support for clients with no fixed abode.

Aims and objectives
Aim 1
To provide a structured, supported and supervised environment within which service users referred from the criminal justice social work teams can acquire independent living skills as appropriate to their individual needs and access the supports needed which will help them to move on to their own accommodation or a less supported environment.
1.To provide a full assessment of service user needs in terms of developing independent living skills and in partnership with the service user and supervising officer to develop a 16 week support plan.
2. To deliver practical support to service users as appropriate in the following areas: self care, housekeeping, claiming benefits, budget management, cooking, cleaning, health and wellbeing, diet, paying bills, timekeeping, managing time and applying for and managing a tenancy.
3. To offer emotional support to service users as they work to become increasingly independent and support the growth of self confidence and self esteem.
4. To signpost service users to the support needed to help them address their offending behaviour as identified by their supervising officer and support them to access such services.
5. To encourage and support service users to maintain or re-develop relationships as appropriate with relatives and friends, and provide an environment conducive to that.
6. To support service users to engage in appropriate social or voluntary activities in consultation with the supervising officer.
Aim 2
To provide a home leave bed to the Scottish Prison Service for offenders preparing for release who are of no fixed abode.
To allow people preparing for freedom access to opportunity within the community as directed by SPS
   As a result of the 16 week programme service users will have developed skills in and feel more confident about:
  • Applying for benefits and managing on a budget.
  • Basic Housekeeping skills including cooking, cleaning and laundry.
  • Understanding the importance of diet, nutrition and self care in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Applying for and maintaining a tenancy.
  • Managing time and developing a supportive routine

      In addition service users will have

  • Begun to develop and build on positive relationships within their families and communities.
  • Been supported to engage with community groups with a view to addressing offending behaviour
  • Been supported to engage with appropriate social network.


  • The STAR outcomes tool supports work on outcomes and will be used as the principal review method within the service. Where the service does not directly work with the issue highlighted and more specialised intervention is needed the keyworker will ensure that support is offered to allow service users to participate in appropriate groups and activities.

The STAR tool helps measure the following outcomes.

  1. Motivation and taking responsibility
  2. Self-care and living skills
  3. Managing money and personal administration
  4. Social networks and relationships
  5. Drug and alcohol misuse
  6. Physical health
  7. Emotional and mental health
  8. Meaningful use of time
  9. Managing tenancy and accommodation
  10. Offending-signpostiing






The Dick Stewart Service aims to provide a structured environment where offenders can address their offending behaviour to develop skills of independent living as a means of reducing further offending.

The objectives, which help to meet our project aims are:

· On admission, a full assessment of need will be undertaken and issues to be addressed identified.
· A Care Plan in conjunction with the Supervising social Worker will be prepared.
· The project will provide reasonable controls of behaviour.
· Liaison will be undertaken with Social Workers, other agencies and resources in order to fulfil the client’s needs.
· Regular reviews will take place and progress reports made available to the Courts and Social Workers as required.
· Assistance and training for Work, Education and Long Term Housing needs.

Individual Care Plan
On admission a Key Worker will be allocated and their main function is to oversee the progress of the client in relation to the Care Plan.

Meetings with the Key Worker will take place, at least, twice a week, or more often if required.

Within 7 days of admission, a Care Plan meeting will be convened to formulate the client’s plan for the period of residence.
Reviews will take place every 8 weeks and attendance will comprise of the Client, Service Manager, Social Worker, Senior Social Worker (as required), Key Worker and Representatives from other agencies involved.
A review of the Client’s placement would be called prior to demission, except if due to violent behaviour.

There is an expectation that Client’s will adhere to the agreed Care Plan and try to achieve positive changes in their lives.

Other Services include:
· 7 Single bedrooms, each with own key included in this is one bed offered to prisoners on home leave as part of their programme for training for freedom.
· Television
· Microwave Oven
· Fridge in each bedroom
· Freezer in main kitchen
· Communal kitchen & cooking facilities
· Laundry facilities
· Communal lounge with Sky television, video and Hi-Fi.
· Office telephone
(for important calls only)
· Incoming calls received between 5.30 p.m. till 10.00 p.m.

Management & Staffing

The Unit is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. The staffing complement is made up of full-time, part-time and sessional staff in order to ensure the greatest flexibility.

18yrs or above, Must be on Statutory Criminal Justice order.

Funding must be secured for the admission date.

For clients aged under 25 years:
Charge to Local Authority - £685:00

DSS/ JSA Allowance - £65:50 per fortnight

For clients aged over 25 years:
Charge to Local Authority - £685:00
DSS/ JSA Allowance - £95:00 per fortnight

Each week Clients receive:
Independent Living Allowance - £30:00
Funding to be verified with Mary McNulty/ Serena Frazer, Criminal Justice.

Referrals Procedure
The project is suitable for offenders who may otherwise receive a custodial sentence or who are on probation, bail, parole, Non Parole Licence, Statutory Order.

All clients should be, a minimum of 18 years of age.

All clients must be referred by either a Social Worker or Bail Officer and referrals should be made direct to Serena Frazer/ Mary McNulty by telephone. Criminal Justice Centenary House Tel: 0141-420-5844

Prior to assessment the project request submission of up to date Social Enquiry or Home Background Reports.
Interviews of prospective clients are arranged within 48 hours of a referral being received.

The period of residence is for a maximum of 16 weeks.   During this period, follow on accommodation will be sought.
Additional Information

Family and Friends Involvement
Visits as agreed by client.This is normally between 6pm and 10 pm or outside these hours by arrangement with service.

Please contact the Service Manager if you would like help in reading and understanding this information.

Kathleen Cairns Managing Co-Ordinator 0141-554-0277 Fax: 0141-554-6646

Daniel  Paita Service Leader 0141-554-0277 Fax: 0141-554-6646


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Contact Details

Kathleen Cairns
Dick Stewart Service
40 Circus Drive
G31 2JE
0141 554 0277
0141 554 6646


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