Providing emergency accommodation for people sleeping rough in winter

Glasgow Overnight Welcome Centre

We opened the first Glasgow Winter Night Shelter in 2010 in response to rough sleeping during a severe winter. We have led the operation each winter since then in partnership with other agencies. The night shelter typically has capacity of 40 beds for men and women and runs from 1 December to 31 March.

This year our Overnight Welcome Centre (OWC) will look quite different from our previous night shelter to enable our guests to distance and to self-isolate if necessary. The OWC will be based in a local hotel and will be a 24-hour service.

The OWC will provide safe, emergency accommodation to anyone at risk of rough sleeping in Glasgow during the cold winter months. As with the night shelter in previous years, we anticipate lives will be saved, for example because the trained team is able to spot and respond when someone is experiencing the effects of a drugs overdose.

We plan to provide a hot evening meal which will be made at our city centre project and then transported to the OWC. There will be a stronger focus than ever on working with partners to enable guests to quickly move on to settled accommodation. Having a 24-hour service and a member of staff in the hotel at all times will make it easier to build up relationships of trust and work with guests to find them accommodation. There will be capacity for 25 guests at any one time. Although it is a hotel rather than mattresses on the floor – it is still considered emergency, temporary accommodation and should only be needed as a last resort. As ever, it is our hope that demand will be low due to people being safely accommodated before they need to stay at the OWC.

We plan to open on 1 December 2020 and run till 31 March 2012. The staff team is in place and training will take place mid-November which will give us scope to safely open earlier should there be a November cold snap as there was last year.

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Working in partnership

The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter is a project managed by Glasgow City Mission in partnership with other charities, organisations and housing associations concerned with tackling homelessness. Partners include:

  • Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Simon Community Scotland
  • Lodging House Mission
  • Shelter Scotland
  • Govan Law Centre
  • Police Scotland
  • City Ambition Network
  • Healing for the Heart
  • Blue Triangle Housing Association
  • NHS Hunter Street
  • Turning Point Scotland

The night shelter was a finalist in The Herald Society Awards 2016 – Partnership Awards. We would like to thank so many who offer support in order to make the night shelter possible, including:

  • ITRS Scotland
  • PLS Laundry
  • Scotia Radios
  • Venture Medical
  • Salvas Training
  • Bullet Express
  • Scotland’s Homeless Project
  • Barclays Bank
  • Rangers Charity Foundation
  • HOPE Foundation – Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Urban Potential
  • The Rayne Foundation
  • The Baird Trust