Garden Makeover – Marking World Homeless Day

Sanctuary Supported Living approached The Walker Construction Trust to help create a safe space for residents to call their own. The project would also offer an outlet for individuals to express their creativity freely.

Through specialist, tailored support and accommodation, Sanctuary Supported Living works with homeless families and individuals, people with mental health needs, people with physical and/or learning disabilities, young people and others with a range of complex needs to help them on their pathway to independence.

With a donation from The Walker Construction Trust, the young people – aged 16-21 – were supported by staff from Walker Construction to transform their garden area. With improvements including new seating created from old wooden pallets, a graffiti art wall and the addition of contemporary metal planters.

New residents are now encouraged to work with staff and add their own individual touches, to make them feel included in the garden transformation and the maintenance of their home.

To mark World Homeless Day – which aims to raise awareness of the needs of homeless people – staff and residents have been spending time in the garden enjoying the new space.

Resident XXXXX commented: “I think I speak for all of us when I say what a sense of achievement we got from the project. As well as the finished garden looking incredible, we all really enjoyed working together on the improvements.”

Sanctuary Supported Living’s peer support coordinator for East Kent, Anni Wilson, added: “Having an informal place to interact with each other is important for groups of any age, but particularly so for young people, and the garden really ticks that box for them.

“The residents thrived in taking responsibility for the project and built up invaluable new skills. It was a real team effort, with residents taking the lead right from the planning stages.

Take a look at Sanctuary Supported Living’s website for more information about homelessness and young people support services.