The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter 2019/20 saw 606 guests stay, accounting for 3,265 bed nights. This winter it has become the Overnight Welcome Centre and is a 24/7 service based in a hotel. In December, its first month of operation, we had 64 guests.

We continued our internship scheme for two interns who started their SVQs and were employed by us.

Urban is our ‘moving on’ space where guests can learn new skills and access opportunities such as college or paid employment. Prior to lockdown, we saw 63 move on goals completed. During lockdown we celebrated graduations from college computing and employability courses and helped guests continue activities such as art and fitness in their own homes.

We delivered some 700 food parcels and phoned more than 200 guests during lockdown in 2020.

Over the summer we enjoyed activity sessions in local parks, including for people seeking asylum who had been placed in local hotel accommodation, and socially distanced walks with guests.

In September we were able to open up a day time Drop-in to provide our guests with a hot meal, company and advocacy support.

Our Child and Family Centre supported families during lockdown with deliveries of food parcels, activity packs for children and phone and video calls.

Our Summer and October family holiday clubs in the park saw an average of 64 children and 40 adults attend each day for games, crafts and picnic lunches.

Thank you for all you have done to make this work possible.

Please pray

We’re looking forward to our city centre building and Child and Family Centre being full of guests and families once again. It’s frustrating not being able to make any firm plans, especially when we’re so aware of growing needs in our communities. Please pray for wisdom, creativity and vision for our Board, Management Team and project teams as we seek to provide the best possible services for our guests and respond to emerging needs. Pray for protection for our guests and pray that they would not feel isolated during this lockdown.

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