The harsh winter weather can be life threatening for some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland.

Help is on hand in Glasgow as emergency shelter is being made available to put a roof over the heads of people with nowhere else to go but sleep on the streets.

The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter is based at the Shieling building on McAlpine Street off The Broomielaw.  The Shelter will be providing mats and sleeping bags for the night, in a warm and safe space, together with snacks and hot drinks, and is running through the worst of the winter months.

Staffed by full time workers at the Glasgow City Mission and a dedicated team of trained volunteers, the service will open its doors at 10pm on Sunday 2nd of December.

The service is a partnership between some of the city’s charities and voluntary sector agencies including Glasgow City Mission who coordinate operations at the Shieling building, Turning Point Scotland, Blue Triangle Housing Association, Marie Trust, Glasgow Homelessness Network, Glasgow Housing Association, Glasgow Simon Community, Gowrie Care, Emmaus, Shelter Scotland, Aspire and Lodging House Mission.

Now in its third year, the demand for the service shows no sign of decreasing as last year it was accessed over 1500 times by around 250 people, for the 12 weeks it was open. *

“Feel safe and taken care of.”

“It’s good, without it I would be on the streets.”

“Help you out by putting a roof over your head and helping you to move forward”

These are some of the comments received from those using the service last year.

Night Shelter Manager Mitchum Bock said:

“Clearly there are many health risks caused by sleeping rough in the winter months and in the worst case scenario this can result in death. Even colds and flu can be life threatening for those who are already vulnerable.

Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers will provide somewhere warm and safe for those who have no alternative place to go for the night.

As organisations we are all passionately committed to supporting some of the most vulnerable members in society.

The reasons some people are still without a warm place to go at night in 2012 are complex and we commend all agencies working towards eradicating homelessness.

However the data we have collected in the last few years shows, sadly, there is still a demand for the service we provide through the winter months, and as organisations we feel we all have a duty to protect these individuals from harm.”

Ends

Interviews with Mitchum Bock can be arranged through Graham Steven, Marketing & Fundraising Manager, Glasgow City Mission, 20 Crimea Street, Glasgow, G2 8PW

DL 0141 251 0977 graham.steven@glasgowcitymission.com

Or for an alternative contact Andy Dewar, Marketing & Communications Officer, 54 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 1JL, 0141 427 9425 andydewar@turningpointscotland.com

 

For more news and information follow updates on twitter using #wintershelter

*Data collected by the Glasgow Homelessness Network