Newton Stewart ARC gets top marks from inspectors

ARC staff, users and friends
ARC staff, users and friends

Newton Stewart Activity and Resource Centre (ARC) has been awarded top marks by the Care Inspectorate.

The service, which provides personal development opportunities and support for adults with learning disabilities, has been awarded the highest grades a registered service can achieve in Scotland for its quality of care and support, environment, staffing, management and leadership.

The report noted “a great feeling of partnership between the members and the staff” and “a passionate staff team who thrive on innovative challenges.”

Reporters said: “During the inspection we found examples of excellent practice that were humbling to observe.”

Robert Bell, who uses the service, said of the report: “I think this will be very good for the Centre. The Merrick Café is also very good and I am enjoying it. Newton Stewart ARC should be a beacon for the community.”

The service also provides a range of community, work experience and certificated learning opportunities, including its Merrick Café at the Merrick Lisure Centre. This project holds a Healthy Living Award and 4-star rating from Visit Scotland.

Councillor Ted Thompson, vice chair of the social work services committee, said: “To achieve excellent grades across the board is an exceptional achievement. I would like to thank and congratulate all members, staff, carers and partner organisations who have contributed.”