Glasgow Winter Night Shelter
Providing emergency accommodation
The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter provides temporary, emergency accommodation from 1 December to 31 March. It is a partnership operation. This winter we have opened the night shelter three nights early due to freezing conditions. Read our press release about the early opening. This is the tenth consecutive year of the night shelter.
Men and women who are at risk of sleeping rough during the coldest winter months can use the night shelter. Glasgow City Council's homelessness casework team attend the night shelter to help the guests access suitable accommodation. We also connect people to our city centre day centre, to healthcare and to services provided by our partner agencies.
Last winter - 2018/19 - saw more unique individuals stay at the night shelter than in any year previously, with 691 people staying over the four months. This is 16 per cent more than in 2017/18. They stayed for a total of 2,452 bed-nights, which is a 36 per cent reduction on last year.
This 36 per cent reduction in bed-nights is thanks to partnership working. For example, Glasgow City Council’s homelessness casework team were at the night shelter five evenings a week. They were able to check the status of a homeless application, whether any accommodation was immediately available, or when a flat was due to be ready. We supported 510 people to move onto a positive destination, such as into supported accommodation, and 70 per cent of guests stayed for three nights or fewer.
Read the full report: Glasgow Winter Night Shelter report 2018/19 (pdf)
Working in partnership
The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter is a project managed by Glasgow City Mission in partnership with charities, organisations and housing associations concerned with tackling homelessness. Partners include NHS Hunter Street, Turning Point Scotland, Glasgow Homelessness Network, the Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership and Glasgow Simon Community, Blue Triangle, Lodging House, Marie Trust, Community Safety Glasgow and Shelter Scotland. It has been a finalist in The Herald Society Awards 2016 - Partnership Awards.