179 people have been able to access emergency shelter and a warm drink at the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter this festive period and into the New Year.

The service is operated by Glasgow City Mission and is supported by a host of voluntary sector organisations including Turning Point Scotland.

The service has this year been re-located to the heart of the city in Renfield St Stephen’s Parish Church on Bath Street.

During the festive period family and friends often show goodwill and offer a temporary place to stay. However this means during January there can be in an increase in people with nowhere to go at night.

So far it has been accessed 433 times with the majority staying for one night. However 48 people have stayed 2-4 nights and a handful of people have accessed the service multiple times.

The vast majority of people are men with an average age in their 30s.

This year’s latest figures are around 85% of last years totals, however there is over a month of the service remaining.

The service is set to the end of February 2014.

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Editors Note:

The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter has been operating through the winter months every year since 2010 through a partnership of some of the leading voluntary and charitable organisations in the city, as an emergency response to the harsh weather in 2010, where the service provided accommodation on some 2000 occasions.

Data is collected by the Glasgow Homelessness Network.