Our city centre project is a daycentre
City Centre Project
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.
I came inside the Mission, I had something to eat. My heart, my belly just exploded, it was awesome! I love mince and potatoes… It was the first hot food I’d had in four months.
John, Glasgow City Mission guest
Read the latest blogs from our work at the City Centre Project
We release regular blogs to update and inform on our work across our three projects. Here, you will find a selection of those blogs that exclusively relate to the work we do at our City Centre Project.
Rehab Pathways Team
Our Drop-in is open from Monday to Friday. We serve lunch from 1:00pm to 2:00pm and dinner from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our guests get hot nutritious food and our project workers can build trust and develop relationships in a relaxed environment.
Our project workers are available from 11:00am to 1:00pm and 2:15pm to 4:15pm each weekday. Guests can require help with housing, mental health issues, addiction, benefits or court cases. Making phone calls 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.
Our street outreach team go out to connect with people who may be sleeping rough or begging. As they build trust they can help people with housing or rehab, and invite them to come in to our building for food and advocacy. The team is easily recognisable in their Glasgow City Mission jackets.
Rehab Pathways Team
Our Rehab Pathways Team works with guests who are affected by addiction, making initial connections and supporting guests into and through rehab. Once the rehab programme is completed, the team work with our guests as they take the steps into a fuller life.
Urban is our ‘moving on’ project for guests who have passed the crisis point in their lives. Through classes, short-courses and goal-setting, guests can discover and develop their skills and grow in confidence. Activities include computing classes, art classes, music lessons and employability support.
If any of our guests are in prison, we can visit them for the duration of their sentence. As they approach release, we ensure arrangements such as accommodation are in place for a safe and smooth reintroduction to life back in Glasgow.
The Gathering is our weekly informal and interactive church service. Here guests can explore faith, learn from one another and pray together. We meet for lunch at 1:00pm and the Gathering starts at 2:00pm each Friday.
We have a dedicated Counsellor at Glasgow City Mission, in response to the serious mental health needs of our guests. Many of our guests have serious mental health issues including unresolved trauma. Anthea, a former Project Worker, is providing much needed one-to-one counselling sessions.
We offer chaplaincy support across all of our projects. Our chaplain Marion Carson provides and oversees pastoral care for guests, volunteers and staff. She also has a teaching and training role, helping staff and volunteers to deepen their faith and to build up Christian community in which we can all flourish.
Our internship scheme is for guests who have demonstrated that they are ready to be given more responsibility. The project includes paid work at one of our projects and support with completing an SVQ.
A large number of our guests are refugees and asylum seekers. We want to help them build community and improve their English as well as support them as they navigate the often confusing and lengthy process of claiming asylum.
We offer some services, which are for women only. These include classes and activities weekly in our building and days out which allow the women to have new experiences and make memories. We also have a female Project Worker for one-to-one work with women. We are aware that there are a large number of vulnerable women in Glasgow who are not accessing our services. We are in the process of developing new services to reach these women, which will focus on long-term restoration.