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The Laurels

The Laurels Day Centre is a facility within the Disability Division of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. The centre is registered with the Regulation and Quality and Inspection Authority.   The centre provides day care for adults with a learning disability [aged 18+ living within the Trust’s catchment area.  Day care is provided for the purpose of service user care and support, rehabilitation and carer support where applicable.

The Day Care Service is provided within a multi-disciplinary professional assessment model working in partnership with the Adult Community Learning Disability Team and the Transition Team. In addition the Centre also works closely with other multi-disciplinary professionals, agencies and providers as required using an assessment, care plan and review model.

The Laurels day centre aims to provide a flexible, responsive service by focusing on Service User’s needs, choices and aspirations.  These aspirations and needs can be diverse and may require a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency approach.  The multi-disciplinary team offer specialist skills in accordance with each individual’s needs.

The Laurels work in partnership with other community/ voluntary agencies to include, Arts-care, Fit 4 U Project, Southern Trust volunteer co-ordinator, Southern Regional College and Disability Arts.  This enables and empowers Service Users to access a wide range of opportunities to assist their personal development and quality of life.

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  • Routes to access Day care services

    Referrals to the service are received through the Adult learning disability team (case managers) and the Transition team.

    • Case Manager collates NISAT documentation and appropriate risk assessments in conjunction with the service user and other professionals and discusses this information with the Team Leader to ensure eligibility criteria is met.
    • Assessment documentation is forwarded by the Team Leader to the Day Care Manager.
    • Day Care Manager will discuss assessment information with Team Leader and collectively decide if the eligibility criteria is met.
    • Day Care Manager will consider assessments complete impact assessment re resources etc and advise Team Leader if a placement is available or if referral is required to be put on the waiting list
    • Service User and / or Carer to visit Day Centre.
    • Referral discussed / recorded.
    • Referral agent and Service User informed of placement availability.  Agreement reached. Number of days, duration of placement etc.
  • Referral criteria

    Admission to day centre based care will be determined by the adult learning disability community team leader and day care manager using the SHSCT Day Services Screening Tool (Draft) and further Eligibility Criteria introduced as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic in 2020.

    Day care placements will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with a clear focus on assisting persons with a disability to achieve their full maximum potential, which may include referral to age appropriate community day opportunities as appropriate.

    Criteria for Admission

    • The person must be a resident in the Southern Health & Social care Trust area
    • Aged 18 years or
    • A person with a learning disability who may have complex health care needs and / or behavioural support needs
  • Covid 19 specific information

    Under current covid 19 IPC regulations are in place within the centre.  This include staff wearing appropriate PPE.  Social distancing and limited numbers within each group room area.

  • Advocacy services & contacts

    Service user Advocate is invited to each service user review.

    Sinéad Campbell

    Advocacy Team Leader

    Disability Action

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  • Contact Details

    The Laurels Centre

    Dromalane Road

    Newry, Down

    BT35 8AP


    Facility opening day/times – Monday to Friday 9am – 4:30pm