Tall Trees is situated in Dunfermline and currently has capacity for three residential placements for young people aged 12-18 years in the main house. We can also offer two semi-independent placements on the ground floor for young people/young adults as a further stepping stone before they leave care. This provision will allow us to provide ongoing support for young adults until the age of 21 years.
The main house at Tall Trees offer a spacious and welcoming environment for young people, each with their own room and access to two bathrooms, a dining room, a living room and a kitchen. Young people and staff have their meals together with a strong emphasis on healthy eating and individual preferences. The house is well-resourced to ensure that young people are kept active and busy during their free time.
A strong commitment is in place in terms of young people achieving their potential and care staff actively support the young people’s attendance at mainstream schools and work in partnership with education staff to resolve any issues that arise. Young people in placement are also supported to attend college or further training opporutunities once they have left school. Good working relationships exist with all parents with young people and families feeling involved in the daily life of the house.
In order to continue to meet the needs of young people and ensure that they continue to receive the care and support they require we have extended Tall Trees to offer two semi-independent placements for young people and young adults who require an extended period of time in care in order to strengthen their existing skills, assess what other skills they need to acquire, and allow them a realistic experience of independent living with a safety net being in place. This provision provides two rooms on the ground floor level of the house with on-suite facilities and a shared dining kitchen.
Young people will have their own key to their ‘bedsits’ and will be actively encouraged to budget, purchase and cook food, pay bills, clean and look after themselves and the property. The 'safety net' will include ongoing support from the care staff in the main house and ring-fenced input from our transition worker that will continue to undertake planned work with the young people focussing on their skills for life and work.