Glasgow Winter Night Shelter

Mattresses on floor at Glasgow Winter Night Shelter

Glasgow Winter Night Shelter

Providing emergency accommodation 

We opened the first Glasgow Winter Night Shelter in 2010 in response to rough sleeping during a severe winter. We have led the operation each winter since then in partnership with other agencies. The night shelter typically has capacity of 40 beds for men and women and runs from 1 December to 31 March.

This season, we opened the night shelter three nights early due to freezing conditions press release. In March we were forced to close early due to Covid-19 press release. As we plan for next winter, we recognise the challenges that the presence of Covid-19 presents – especially in terms of people sleeping beside one another in an emergency shelter. We are proactively working with partners to seek a better alternative for those who feel they are forced to sleep rough. 

As well as providing emergency shelter, we work with our partners to help them get suitable accommodation and support with their physical and mental health. We can also link them up to our City Centre project city centre day centre,


This season we provided emergency shelter for 606 guests who stayed for more than 3,200 bed nights. We’re delighted that 81 per cent of guests, moved on to a positive destination. Also, in 2020, we were delighted to be able to offer a place for guests who arrived with a pet dog thanks to partnership with The Dogs Trust








Read the full report: Glasgow Winter Night Shelter report 2019/20 (pdf) 

Previous reports 

> Monitoring report for winter 2018/19 (pdf)

Monitoring report for winter 2017/18 (pdf)

Working in partnership 

The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter is a project managed by Glasgow City Mission in partnership with other charities, organisations and housing associations concerned with tackling homelessness. Partners include:

  • Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Simon Community Scotland
  • Lodging House Mission
  • Shelter Scotland
  • Govan Law Centre
  • Police Scotland
  • City Ambition Network
  • Healing for the Heart
  • Blue Triangle Housing Association
  • NHS Hunter Street
  • Turning Point Scotland

The night shelter was a finalist in The Herald Society Awards 2016 - Partnership Awards.

We would like to thank so many who offer support in order to make the night shelter possible, including:

  • ITRS Scotland
  • PLS Laundry
  • Scotia Radios
  • Venture Medical
  • Salvas Training
  • Bullet Express
  • Scotland’s Homeless Project
  • Barclays Bank
  • Rangers Charity Foundation
  • HOPE Foundation - Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Urban Potential
  • The Rayne Foundation
  • The Baird Trust

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