Glasgow City Mission is committed to tackling rough sleeping. Building on the experience and expertise of running a winter project for the last 12 years it is again our aim to make sure no one needs to sleep outside this winter.
Each year we have looked at this issue afresh and adapted to the needs of our guests and the landscape in Glasgow. We are changing our model slightly again this year.
Our Crimea Street day-centre will be open through the night, every night, from 1 December to 31 March. We serve dinner from 6:30pm until 8:00pm, after which, our Overnight Welcome Centre team will be on site.
Anyone who finds themselves in a crisis can come, or be referred by partners, to Crimea Street, where our trained staff will operate a safe, welcoming space. We will work closely with the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) out-of-hours service to access emergency accommodation
Previously we were confined to one location in Glasgow in which to accommodate our guests. Now using Crimea Street as our base, we will be able to access an array of temporary accommodation across the city.
We are also doubling our Housing Settlement Officer team so that the next morning they will follow up with guests who have accessed the service the night before, and develop a person-centred move-on plan for each individual.
We are delighted again to be working in partnership with over 20 other agencies in order to access expertise and specialist support this winter. Thanks go to: Aspire, Blue Triangle Housing Association, British Red Cross, Citizens Rights Project, HSCP, Glasgow Street Pastors, Govan Community Project, Govan Law Centre, Healing For The Heart, Housing First Consortium (Glasgow), Hunter Street Homeless Services, Lodging House Mission, Marie Trust, Police Scotland, Safe in Scotland, Salvas, Scottish Drugs Forum, Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Refugee Council, Shelter Scotland, Simon Community Scotland, Social Bite and Turning Point Scotland.