Today, Ypeople want to take the time to say that you to our Alliance partners Aspire, and the teams from Help the Homeless Glasgow, and Maryhill Extra Community. They have been supporting charities across Glasgow during the lockdown by cooking hundreds of meals each week, and Ypeople’s Branston Court service – which supports young people going through homelessness in Glasgow – has been fortunate to be one of those chosen.
Last week we caught up with John from Aspire to hear more about how this generosity started and why they chose to support Ypeople.
John has been working for Aspire for the past 5 years, and last year took on the role of Recovery Coordinator, working with and training mentors to support people recovering from addiction.
“It’s important work, you need a community in tough times”
However, the lockdown has brought changes to all of our roles and it became clear it wouldn’t be possible to keep meeting in groups as normal. Because of this John found he needed to put his energy into new ways of supporting people.
So partnered with Amanda, the Maryhill Tesco Community Champion, and Helen from Help the Homeless Glasgow all of whom found themselves looking for new ways to support the community, they pooled their resources and created a community kitchen from which they are now delivering food to 17 charities across the city.
“We asked ourselves what can we do differently that can help people stay safe at home”
Living locally John knew about the work the Branston Court do and felt sure this plan could help the young people Ypeople work with feel supported to settled at home.
“I’ve gotten to know the team over the last few weeks and it’s such a warm and vibrant place. Everyone’s so positive and it really feels like a home”
We can vouch for the difference it has made to our staff and the 50 young people staying at Branston Court. Knowing you will have deliveries of delicious home made food 3-4 times a week means less trips out to the shops, and less temptation to head out as well. As well as making it safer outside for those who have to go out.
As Gemma*, a young person staying in Branston, said:
“Your thoughtfulness is a gift we will always treasure… you have shown us that we are all in this together and people will do anything they can to help”
Over the last 6 weeks their operation has grown. Starting off with working with generous donations provided by Amanda as Tesco Community Champion, donations have increased and so has the food prep. The team of 5-8 volunteers from Help the Homeless Glasgow spend full days cooking up a storm for the deliveries to be sent out fresh 3 times a week. The latest generous donations have come in from the local Woodside Guardwara, Mr Gurdeep Singh has offered deliveries of fresh prepared food twice a week.
The team are blown away by the response to what started as just the three of them in April, but as John says:
“People should be helping people and doing what they can, it’s not about us”
All of us at Ypeople wholeheartedly agree but we also know it’s important, now more than ever, to say thank you to the people who are making a real difference.
As our CEO Janet Haugh said:
“We are inspired by people like John, Amanda, Helen, and their teams.
Although this crisis has been tough it has also brought out the best in so many people. It shows us that we all have the ability to make a real positive difference for others“
So we’ll say a big online thank you here and now, but we look forward to when we can get together and say it in person. It won’t be long now till the annual Branston Court BBQ, John and the whole team have been invited along. Cooking up a BBQ storm for them this summer is the least we can do to show our appreciation for keeping us all well fed during lockdown.
*names have been changed
If you would like to find out more about Branston Court – click here
To support John and the team, get in touch – here