Our city centre project is a daycentre

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the majority of services provided at our City Centre Project are currently on hold until further notice. Please visit our COVID-19 page to find out more information.

Our city centre project is a daycentre where we work with adults affected by homelessness, addiction, loneliness and poverty.

Our guests may be staying in hostels, hotels, temporary flats or rough sleeping. We meet immediate needs, work with our guests on improving their physical and mental health, help them access more suitable housing, support them to address their addiction issues and enable them to fulfil their potential and to flourish in their communities.

With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic we have evolved and adapted our services to maximise our contact with and provide help to our guests. Presently we are open to provide takeaway food and advocate for our guests individually. Once food has been passed to our guests we advise them to take the food home to keep them safe.

To comply with government restrictions, we only invite a guest inside the building if there is a serious issue we need to attend to. Our staff wear masks, we take our guest’s temperature on arrival and ensure they wash their hands and keep a safe distances from our staff.

One to one support


We have created the new post of Counsellor at Glasgow City Mission, in response to the serious mental health needs of many of our guests. Anthea, a former Project Worker, is providing much needed one to one counselling sessions.


One to one support is a key area of our work. It is through these relationships that we often see most progress in the lives of our guests – for example guests choosing to go to rehab.

Making phone calls, sorting out housing issues or filling out forms can be daunting. Project workers help our guests with all these tasks, equipping them to be able to do more for themselves over time. We can also advocate on our guests’ behalf, for example to ensure they are in appropriate accommodation or are receiving the correct benefits.

We were still able to provide this support on an individual basis.


At Glasgow City Mission we offer chaplaincy support across all three projects. Our chaplain Marion Carson says, “It is my responsibility to provide and oversee pastoral care for guests, volunteers and staff. I also have a teaching and training role, helping staff and volunteers to deepen their faith and to build up Christian community in which vulnerable people can flourish.”

Moving on support


Urban is our ‘moving on’ project for our guests who have passed the crisis point in their lives. Through classes, short-courses and goal-setting, guests can discover and develop their skills, grow in confidence and move forwards, for example into paid work, voluntary opportunities or college. In 2019, 28 of our guests got into paid employment.

During the pandemic guests were keen to continue their development – and our project team found themselves delivering guitars, gardening books, art supplies and dumbbells along with the food parcels.

International Community

As an organisation, we seek to respond to the needs of vulnerable people in our city regardless of race, ethnicity, cultural heritage, sexuality or gender. This diversity has enriched our community, but we recognise that many of our international guests will have nuanced and specific support needs, which our Internationals Team work to address. These new Glaswegians are made up of those with no recourse to public funds, those who are stateless, asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and many others.

As a Home Office designated “dispersal city” Glasgow is now home to many vulnerable people seeking asylum in the UK. We journey with guests as they navigate the often confusing and lengthy process of claiming asylum. We recognise that community and connection can be essential and transformative, and we strive to create a culture where our guests in the asylum process can support one another. As well as providing opportunities for English language, volunteering, skills development and cultural integration, we also partner with specialist organisations to ensure the needs of our guests are met.

After a successful claim for asylum, new refugees encounter a daunting array of next steps. These can range from accessing permanent housing, accessing rights and seeking work, and generally navigating life in Glasgow. We offer support and advice during this time on a one-to-one basis.

More recently, there have been many changes to UK immigration law as a result of Brexit which impact the EEA nationals in our community. It is a challenging time for migrants and migrant workers, and we anticipate an increase in the numbers of people left destitute by these changes. Our team continue to work with other agencies in the city, to ensure positive outcomes for these guests.


Our internship scheme is for our guests who have demonstrated that they are ready to be given more responsibility and enables them to get paid work with us along with an SVQ in social or child care.

We are delighted to offer three new internships starting on 30 August 2021. This role will provide opportunities to gain people skills, build confidence and gain valuable work experience. A key part to the Guest Internship will be the undertaking of an SVQ in Health and Social Care level 2 or 3 depending on previous experience and education. This is the route taken by most applicants but we will also consider those looking to develop in the areas of childcare, catering or media with appropriate qualification. The Guest Internship is a paid position for 25hrs per week.

If you are interested in the internship then please read the job description and complete the application form by 5 August, latest. The application form should be emailed to for the attention of Simon Noble. If you have any queries email Simon or call him on 07496 125386.

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