Supported Accommodation Case Study - Branston Court
Samantha, aged 19, arrived at the doors of Ypeople’s Branston Court project three years ago after being referred to the supported accommodation for young people service by Glasgow City Council.
After experiencing a number of difficulties at home, Samantha had been staying with friends and relatives on an ad hoc basis, but was officially without a stable home at the age of 16.
At Branston Court, Samantha was given her own bedroom with en-suite facilities and access to a shared living room and kitchen. In addition, she was given the opportunity to attend training in core life skills, and to participate in social activities including swimming, ten-pin bowling, cooking workshops and quiz nights.
Branston Court’s supported accommodation brought some much needed stability to Samantha’s life. She said: “Without Branston Court I don’t know where I would be. As a young homeless person it’s the best place to be. The staff are really nice - they give you advice to stand on your own two feet.”
In summer 2011, BBC1 Scotland’s Beechgrove Garden team visited the Branston Court project to create a community garden for the project’s residents. They transformed the bare swathe of grass and concrete at the rear of the flats into a vibrant communal area, featuring a vegetable garden, BBQ area, outdoor gym and chill out zone.