The winter storms and icy conditions may be causing disruption for commuters but for some, cold weather can have far more serious consequences than just delayed journeys.

A group of Glasgow charities providing homelessness services have opened an emergency shelter to alleviate the risks to rough sleepers in the city, as temperatures plummet and the winter weather really takes hold.

Persistent snow or icy conditions could increase the risk of hypothermia which can be fatal.

The Glasgow Winter Service at the Shieling building on McAlpine Street is open once again, providing some much needed warmth for those out on the streets with nowhere else to go.

The service is running for approximately 12 weeks, providing snacks and drinks, sofas and sleeping bags to some of the most vulnerable people within the community.

It is run by the Glasgow City Mission, Glasgow Homelessness Network, Glasgow Housing Association, Turning Point Scotland, the Marie Trust, Blue Triangle Housing Association, Shelter and Impact Arts.

Andrew Low, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Mission said:

“For the second year running a number of organisations in Glasgow have come together to provide the Glasgow Winter Service,  offering overnight accommodation for individuals that might otherwise find themselves rough sleeping in extreme winter conditions. The service will offer up to 50 spaces per night for our city’s rough sleepers.
If this winter was to be anything like the last, where we provided accommodation over 1,746 times to Glasgow’s most disadvantaged citizens, then there was no question that we had to make sure we could provide this vital cold weather refuge again.”

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.