Glasgow Winter Night Shelter

Mattresses on floor at Glasgow Winter Night Shelter

Glasgow Winter Night Shelter

Providing emergency accommodation 

The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter provides temporary, emergency accommodation from December 1st to March 31st. 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.

Winter 2018/19

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) 

Previous reports 

> Monitoring report for winter 2017/18 (pdf)
Monitoring report for winter 2016/17 (pdf)
> Monitoring report for winter 2014/15 (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.

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Watch what happens


  • First Friday Tour: December

    Join us to see our work first-hand and enjoy a tour of our facilities. Followed by tea and coffee.


  • Moving on from the night shelter

    A gentleman who stayed at the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter last year is now volunteering with Teen Challenge.

  • Glasgow Winter Night Shelter - update 19 November

    As a result of the recent cold weather we are monitoring the temperatures in case there’s a requirement for an emergency shelter in the run up to the night shelter’s official opening on 1 December. If this is necessary we will call upon previously trained staff and volunteers to staff these nights. It is essential that any night shelter, emergency or planned, is a safe place for our guests.

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