Christmas Appeal 2023

This year for our Christmas Appeal, we are focusing on our work with those who have the potential to rough sleep on the streets of Glasgow. Numbers of rough sleepers are rising as we face various issues including a lack of housing, the cost of living crisis and a broken asylum system.
With your support this Christmas, we will continue to help our guests find routes out of rough sleeping into homes of their own.

Our Overnight Welcome Centre (OWC) has provided sanctuary to those most at risk of rough sleeping in Glasgow for the past 14 years. We will open once again this season from 1 December to 31 March. Our guests often have multiple and complex needs, or may have recently arrived in Glasgow after perilous journeys. Each individual has their own unique story of why they arrive at the OWC. Individuals such as *Andrew.

Andrew came to the OWC at the end of last season after being referred to us by Glasgow City Council, and our team got him emergency accommodation in a local hotel. Our Housing Settlement Officers (HSOs), Alison and Graham, work with OWC guests to help them move on from emergency hotels and B&Bs into more settled accommodation. They visited Andrew at his hotel, inviting him to come to our day centre for meals. He started to trust us and opened up about his childhood. He said that his parents had been in addiction so he lived with his gran. He said, “I felt isolated and lonely.” This isolation was then compounded by his gran dying. Andrew was then offered his own flat, but recalls, “I didn’t have a clue how to manage it.” He ended up in rent arrears and then became homeless.

While in the hotel, our HSOs continued to support him. They accompanied him to various meetings with accommodation providers where he has been able to explain that, thanks to the support he is receiving, he is confident he could now manage his own tenancy. Alison says, “There has been a huge change in Andrew as he has trusted us and taken strides forward. It has been brilliant to see.”

There has been a huge change in Andrew as he has trusted us and taken strides forward. It has been brilliant to see.

With the HSOs encouragement he also found a job as a kitchen porter and, having completed his barista training, hopes to progress to working in a café.

We are delighted to confirm that Andrew
is now in his own home. Our HSOs were crucial to this happening and arranged for the home to be furnished. Graham said, “Andrew deserved a second chance, and with our support he embraced that chance. I’m overjoyed.” Last year we supported 534 guests at the OWC, 95 per cent of whom had a positive accommodation outcome.

This Christmas your generosity will allow us to support more guests such as Andrew to move from homelessness into their own homes.

A home for Christmas

Your donation will support our guests this Christmas as they look forward positively to a brighter future with their own home.
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Donations can be made by texting GCMCHRISTMAS plus the amount you wish to donate to 70085.

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