Big hearted volunteers gave up time to give a potentially life-saving winter shelter a lick of paint.

They were joined by staff from a top UK law firm who swapped their suits for overalls.

It’s all in support of a group of agencies who provide homelessness services in Glasgow, who are teaming up again to offer a life line to people who sleep rough in the city if the big freeze hits Scotland this winter. Following last year’s partnership, the Glasgow Winter Service will provide a vital refuge within the Shieling building on McAlpine Street.

Opening its doors in early December, the Glasgow Winter Service will run for approximately 12 weeks, providing snacks and drinks, sofas and sleeping bags to some of the most vulnerable people within the community.

Sponsored by Glasgow City Mission, Glasgow Homelessness Network, Glasgow Housing Association, the Simon Community, Quarriers, Turning Point Scotland, the Marie Trust and the Lodging House Mission, the Glasgow Winter Service has recruited Glasgow City Mission staff and a bank of volunteers to support those who require shelter.

GCM are delighted to have enlisted the support of Glasgow based law firm McGrigors who provided staff to paint the Shieling. McGrigors support a number of local charities including GCM. After hearing about the winter initiative, and seeing the great value in providing accommodation for homeless people, they volunteered staff time to get the Shieling ready to be used. A team of nine from McGrigors spent the day painting the building.

Funded by the organisations involved to get the project started, and looking for support to keep it going through the cold months, the Glasgow Winter Service is aimed at people over the age of 18 years who need to get off the streets and out of the cold weather for the night.

Notes to editor:

McGrigors is a leading law firm with offices in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Aberdeen, Manchester, Doha and the Falkland Islands. With around 100 partners and a total of more than 700 staff across the UK and overseas, McGrigors is well placed to advise clients, including national and multinational organisations in the private and public sectors, on a wide
variety of commercial issues.

McGrigors is one of the UK’s top 50 law firms, and was named National Law Firm of the Year 2010 by The Lawyer magazine.