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South Lanarkshire Support Service


02/05/16



























Ross Simpson with his assistant Ross Watson, self-directed support coordinator Peter Brawley and Agnes Hadden, the inclusive living adviser at Take Control South Lanarkshire.



The family of a Blantyre man have praised Take Control (South Lanarkshire) for changing his life for the better and continuing to help others live independently.

Ross Simpson (38), who has Down’s syndrome, was left in limbo when his mother passed away in June last year as she was his main carer.

His family began to worry about how they would cope with giving him the support he needs. His sister Jane Messer said that they had no idea what to do next until Take Control stepped in and saved the day. 
Their self-directed support service provides information and assistance to help individuals manage their own support arrangements.


Agnes Hadden, the inclusive living adviser at Take Control South Lanarkshire, sat down with Ross and Jane after the social work department had completed the self-directed support assessment and a budget had been allocated. Together, they discussed the options and decided which one would suit Ross best.

They then agreed that they would employ a personal assistant and an advert was put out online to find the ideal candidate.

The interviews for the job were held by Ross and Jane and one candidate in particular stood out. They met with a young man, Ross Watson, and it was clear from the word go that they had found a match.


Ever since then both of them have been getting on great and Jane said she still can’t believe how well paired they are.

She said: “They have a great routine and are always having fun, which is so important. We have really hit the jackpot with Ross. He is a wonderful young man and he is amazing with our Ross.”

The pair enjoy going to the library, fitness classes, and hill-walking. Jane believes that he wouldn’t have been able to do all these great activities if it hadn’t been for Take Control.

She explained that Take Control’s service has been her family’s saviour and knows they will continue to offer support to both her and Ross.

Jane added: “It really gives me peace of mind knowing Ross has a great social life, he’s getting out and about and doing lots of fun things which he loves. It’s such a relief to know that he isn’t at a loose end. Even if young Ross decides to go on to other things, I know that Take Control will be here for me.

“It is almost like a huge sigh of relief as I know they will always give us the support we need and can never thank them enough for everything.”


The self-directed support coordinator, Peter Brawley, said: “To date, we have had 229 people come to us for information and support, at varying degrees, be it an initial inquiry or continuing support. Ross is just one example of what help we offer here. Take Control’s aim is to promote independent living by helping people gain the information, skills, and support to overcome barriers and make informed choices.”


Take Control hold drop-in sessions at their premises, 42 Campbell Street, Hamilton.

The sessions are helpful for anyone who would like to find out more information about Take Control, and they will also be given the chance to meet others who have found themselves in similar situations. For more information, call 01698 892372.