Priory Kirklea

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About this location

Kirklea is located in the centre of Kilmarnock, within walking distance of a thriving local community. It offers residential support for 11 males and females on the autism spectrum, who may also have a learning disability, or physical health needs.

Our team are dedicated to supporting, empowering and encouraging the people we care for to develop the skills they need to live as independently as possible and achieve positive outcomes for all. We want to help people take control of their lives and, where possible, work towards a level of independence which fits with their skills, confidence and aspirations.

We can also support those who have:

  • Difficulties with emotional regulation
  • Difficulties with communication
  • Mild to moderate behaviours that may challenge
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes

Services at a glance

There are a total of 11 bedrooms at the site. Of these:
1 is an en-suite bedroom
1 is a self-contained flat
4 are on the ground floor

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Kirklea 3 Dundonald Road Kilmarnock KA1 1EQ
This location is regulated by the Care Inspectorate Scotland.

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

Kirklea is a large, stone built detached building which has lots of space and offers a relaxed, homely environment. The bedrooms are laid out over two floors. There are four bedrooms on the ground floor and a further six on the first floor.

In addition to the accommodation in the main home, there is also a single occupancy annexe to the rear of the main building. The former twin garage has been converted in a self-contained flat, with a bedroom, living and dining room and an en-suite wet room.

In summary, we offer:

  • A large lounge with plenty of seating
  • Kitchen and dining room
  • Communal bathroom
  • Robust, low arousal furniture

We also have a very large garden, complete with:

  • Secure fencing
  • Lawn
  • Patio
  • Shelter
  • Swing

We also have specialised equipment within the home, such as hoists.

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are comfortable, welcoming and can be personalised to individual tastes. Our bedrooms have:

  • En-suite facilities, containing either a shower or a bath
  • Robust, low arousal furniture

Our approach to support

Everybody who lives at Kirklea has their own person-centred care plan, which is co-produced with input from the individual, their family members and professionals involved in their care. We aim to help everyone in our care to make their own choices about the support they receive. This may include support in a number of areas, such as going out in the community, personal care, cooking and cleaning, financial management and maintaining family relationships.

In addition, we use tools such as the Outcomes Star™ to support our residents to achieve their goals. The lengths of the placements that we offer at Kirklea can be medium or long-term residential, depending on the needs of each person.


Everyone who lives at Kirklea has their own personalised activities planner and are encouraged to take part in activities which are meaningful and fulfilling to them. Our dedicated team organise a variety of activities at the home, as well as out in the community.

We focus on supporting our residents to grow their independence. For some people, this may mean developing their daily living skills within the home. For others, this could be accessing work or educational opportunities in the local community.

Exclusion profile

  • Those who pose a risk to others in communal living areas
  • Those with active, significant self-harm risks


Through our network of healthcare, residential and supported living facilities, we provide unique care pathways which help the people we support to progress towards greater independence. Every individual we support is provided with a bespoke pathway plan, tailored according to their individual needs. We aim to ensure that each person is supported to live a fulfilling and active life in the community.

We have supported people to step down from services with greater levels of restriction into Kirklea. We are also working closely with local commissioners to develop a pathway to supported living services.

Our team

Our highly experienced team consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Support workers

Our team receive specialist staff training, designed to meet the needs of each individual we support. This includes:

  • Epilepsy training
  • Diabetes management training
  • Positive behaviour support (PBS) training

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At Priory, we want to ensure we provide the very best service to each individual we support. Contact us for more information, or to make a referral.

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About the local area


Kirklea is a short distance from Kilmarnock town centre. Nearby amenities include:

  • Supermarket
  • Shops
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Pub
  • GP surgery
  • Post office
  • College
  • Library
  • Cinema

Transport links

Kirklea also has excellent transport links, including:

  • A local bus stop just outside the home
  • Kilmarnock train station half a mile away, with direct services to Glasgow, Ayr, Dumfries and Carlisle and other nearby locations
  • A short drive from the A71, A76 and A77

A message from our site leader

The people supported at Kirklea range from individuals who have multiple disabilities, to those with a mild learning disability who require minimum support. It is our aim to provide everyone living at Kirklea with a sense of belonging in the community and strive to ensure that they feel at home in their environment

Kirklea’s site leader

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

The staff support me to visit my mum when I want
Person supported by Kirklea Kirklea
Staff have helped me to understand myself better
Person supported by Kirklea Kirklea

Resident stories

Tommy's story - Kirklea

The team at Kirklea have recently developed a bespoke self-contained flat for Tommy, a gentleman who has a learning disability.

Family and friends FAQs

How does home leave work?

We support our residents to attend family events and visit their family homes. We will work with the resident and their relatives to ensure possible risks are managed and that everyone is supported. This may mean the individual’s key worker will come along on the visit. For those who are unable to visit their family home, we can support your loved ones with video calls.

Can friends and families visit?

Family and friends are welcome to visit. Visits are usually planned in advance to support individual needs. Unfortunately, family members cannot stay overnight.

Will I be involved and kept up to date with the progress of my loved one’s care and support?

Yes, we strive to keep the loved ones of our residents involved in their care. Every month families are invited to a meeting at the home, where they will meet with the residents’ support team and hear about recent happenings at the home. We can also arrange more regular catch-ups either in person or via telephone, to ensure families are kept informed.

Will my loved one be able to have a phone or call me?

Everyone who stays with us are supported to call their loved ones any time, via phone or video call. Family and friends are also able to call as often as they like.

What are the bedrooms like?

Bedrooms are all furnished and residents are supported to personalise them to suit their needs and wishes.

Are external doors kept locked?

Yes, the front door is locked as you would at your own home. All units are unlocked, except at night, to allow our residents to enjoy our garden and outdoor space.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

We have a fulltime cook and we offer flexibility at mealtimes through the day. There is a fortnightly meal plan that people can contribute to, with support from our staff. We also hold regular theme evenings like Hawaiian and Greek, and cook seasonal dishes.

How does laundry work?

Residents are given help to do their own laundry, as part of promoting independence. Our staff are on hand to offer support if and when it is required.

Who does the housekeeping and domiciliary tasks?

Staff support and encourage our residents to complete these tasks, to promote their independence. We also have a dedicated housekeeping and maintenance team at the home.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

Residents are not allowed to bring illegal substances onto the premises. We would also ask that people do not bring high risk personal items into the house.

How do activities work?

Activities are planned according to our residents’ choices and interests. Thorough risk assessments are conducted before any activity. Everyone has a tailored activities planner. This will include both in-house activities as well as visits into the community. Their key worker may use a variety of communication tools to ensure they can have an input into the planning of activities.

How will residents be supported with their behavioural needs?

The staff team have a positive approach when it comes to managing the behavioural needs of our residents. Any agreed interventions and practices are well described within each individual's support plan. External professionals and families are also involved in prescribing the correct and safe practices. Additional measures such as pro re nata (PRN) medication may be required.

Do residents and families have an input into the care plans?

Yes, we encourage families and extended support providers to be involved with the care plans. We use a variety of communication tools to work collaboratively with the person we care for to co-produce the plans so they are tailored to their needs. We value this important input from others where appropriate.

What are the car parking facilities?

We have off-road parking at Kirlea and there is on-road parking which is pay and display.

What is the smoking policy?

There is a smoking area outside for residents to smoke or to vape. We do not permit smoking indoors. Our team aim to promote healthy lifestyles and can support the people who live here with smoking cessation programmes, if they choose.

What are your fees and how are they funded?

Our fees can vary, and are based on an assessment of each individual's needs. Many people are eligible for financial help towards the cost of support, and this funding can be accessed by contacting your local authority. Once funding has been agreed, we will work with your local care team to put together a bespoke package of care. Please note, referrals for NHS or Local Authority funded services must come from a referring organisation.

How to make a referral

Our service provides high quality support to people with varying levels of need. Referrals can be made through the individual’s social care team or, if relevant, their local health authority. If you are a professional looking to make a referral, please call us or fill in our enquiry form.

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