Glasgow Winter Night Shelter - update 19 November

Press release

Glasgow City Mission is continuing to plan for the opening of the tenth consecutive Glasgow Winter Night Shelter on 1 December. This will again be based at the Lodging House Mission.

The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter, which opens for four months, takes a long time to plan and build up to annually. Today we delivered the duvets to the night shelter and we will have all necessary supplies, such as mattresses and first aid kits, in place for 1 December.

The night shelter staff training will take place this coming weekend and we are delighted that our experienced and compassionate staff will be ready to help our guests when the night shelter opens. Thanks to partnership working, we are seeing more guests each winter moving quickly into appropriate accommodation from the night shelter.

As a result of the recent cold weather we are also monitoring the temperatures in case there’s a requirement for an emergency shelter in the run up to 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. We will ensure the proper procedures and fully trained staff are in place.

Charles Maasz, Chief Executive at Glasgow City Mission, says: "The desperately unfortunate passing of the gentleman found in Glasgow on Sunday evening has prompted a significant response around the subject of shelters and risk to life in cold weather. We are deeply sorry when any person loses their life on the streets of the UK.

"We are on course to be able to deliver the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter from the evening of 1 December. Pulling together an operation like the night shelter cannot be hurried without compromising on the service offered. We're remaining focused on equipping our staff and volunteers and the equipping of the Lodging House Mission so we can run an efficient, safe and welcoming service for those in most need this winter."

For more information please contact Marketing and Fundraising Manager Jack Geddes

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