The Labour MSP, Jackie Baillie, last week visited a specialist housing development in Dumbarton, where she met with staff and residents and toured the recently opened facility.
The Cornerstone ‘Baxter View’ development offers specialist homes for people with autism and complex support needs and was named after the charity’s late founder, Nick Baxter.
The purpose-built accommodation, which provides accommodation for up to 10 people, allows a greater degree of independent living than is normally the case for people with high level needs
The site comprises six single bedroom properties and two 2-bedroom properties – either for people who would like to share or for those who require overnight support.
The complex has created 30 new jobs in the local area and is operated by Cornerstone as a Centre of Excellence, providing the opportunity for the team to share learning and best practice with other care providers.
Jackie said: “I would like to thank the residents at Baxter View for taking the time to show me around their homes. I was made to feel very welcome and it was a great opportunity to learn more about the work undertaken by Cornerstone to help people with learning disabilities and other support needs to live independently.
“Cornerstone have provided key services in West Dunbartonshire since 1999 and the new facility at Garshake demonstrates their commitment to service users in Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven.”
Cornerstone’s regional director for the West, Hazel Brown, hosted the visit. She added: “It was great to have Mrs Baillie here to see the Baxter View service and spend some time with the residents and staff.
“We are indebted to the support she has given Cornerstone over the years and in particular with this development and we hope she has been able to see some of the great work which is being done by Cornerstone in enabling people to have their own home and live as independently as possible.
Cornerstone has been providing services in West Dunbartonshire since 1999 and currently supports almost 200 people across 17 services in the local area.