Queens Cross celebrates housing support across generations



Service user Liz Pirie and youth homelessness service user Sara Slezack (16) at the Queens Cross Supported Housing Focus Day
Service user Liz Pirie and youth homelessness service user Sara Slezack (16) at the Queens Cross Supported Housing Focus Day

Queens Cross Housing Association held a celebration of housing support across generations at the Glasgow Science Centre this week.

The event was the first time that all three of the association’s housing support services – sheltered housing, youth homelessness and mental health support - had been brought together for an event of this kind.

The day showcased the achievements of tenants and staff from the services, and included a performance by a rising classical music star from the youth homelessness service, Sara Slezack, and an art exhibition from the mental health project’s weekly art class.

Also on display was the Queens Cross tapestry, crafted for the event by support service users at a weekly sewing club. The tapestry depicts a tree representing the individual branches of support that the association offers to its tenants.

The project was no mean feat, taking 5 members of the club 80 hours to sew over 15,000 stitches.

Madge Campbell is a tutor with the sewing club.

She said: “Making the tapestry was a greatly enjoyable experience for the group. It gave our members, who are service users, a chance to be social and creative.

“Queens Cross supports people from all walks of life, so we wanted to make something to represents the variety and value of this support.”

Head of supported housing Richard Allwood added: “This event was a chance for us to celebrate the successes of our tenants and staff over the past year.

“The tapestry is a beautiful testament to their achievements and how our services can offer life-changing support to those who need it most.”



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