We are delighted that our Overnight Welcome Centre has been honoured by the Greater Glasgow Division of Police Scotland. We were recognised yesterday for our dedication, commitment and professionalism when helping and supporting vulnerable persons within Glasgow, welcoming them and giving them a route out of rough sleeping during the coldest months.
Our manager, Elyse MacKinnon, accepted the award on behalf of the Overnight Welcome Centre. Elyse has been instrumental in the development and success of the Overnight Welcome Centre over the past 5 years and has worked tirelessly to ensure that the project is as effective as possible in providing a safe, warm and welcoming space for those facing homelessness. It’s through her work that the Overnight Welcome Centre is a significant and staple part of the work being done in Glasgow to prevent rough sleeping. She is pictured with our Housing Settlement Officers, Alison Mitchell and Graham Kerr, Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland and Provost of East Renfrewshire, Mary Montague.
This year’s Overnight Welcome Centre will open on 1 December 2023 and for the second year running will be based in our building in Crimea Street. Last year, in the four months the Centre was open we helped 534 individuals avoid sleeping rough in the worst of the winter weather. We are presently recruiting our team and planning with partner agencies to meet the needs of those who will be referred to us this winter.