I’ve been working for Glasgow City Mission for five years now, but there are many others who have been working in and around the homeless sector for much longer. The conversation right now is pretty consistent: there has never been an opportunity such as this to make a sizable difference to tackling homelessness in Scotland.
The relationships between the third sector, local and national Government are strong and are pulling together in the same direction. The political will and focus to make real and lasting change is present and significant monies to back up that ambition. Collaborative and flexible working practices are on the increase and could become the norm. The sense of determination to grab this moment is not to be underestimated. All the ingredients are here to bring real and lasting change.
I’m personally really pleased to see the Scottish Government embracing the recommendations of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group. There is a clear desire to take immediate and positive action now and I hope that we will witness the benefits of these interventions at the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter.
The Action Group will tackle a number of issues not simply rough sleeping this winter, they are also tackling:
- How to eradicate rough sleeping for good;
- Ways to transform temporary accommodation;
- How to bring about an end to homelessness in Scotland.
Both the Old and New Testaments instruct the readers to pray and participate in social change. As we open our doors at the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter and participate with many other partners to bring change will you also pray for those in authority and those who need our help.
As we approach Christmas many will be celebrating the incarnation- God with us. The meta narrative of God’s story with His creation is surely that of ‘making new’. Glasgow City Mission believes that we are participating and praying into this ‘making new’. Will you join us?
Grant Campbell, Chief Executive.