Glasgow City Mission to open overnight welcome centre from Crimea Street base
Glasgow City Mission has renewed its commitment to tackling rough sleeping, building on the experience and expertise of running a winter project for the last 12 years, and is again the mission’s aim to make sure no one needs to sleep outside this winter.
Each year the organisation has looked at this issue a fresh and adapted to the needs of its guests and the landscape in Glasgow. The organisation is now changing its model slightly again this year.
The Crimea Street day centre will be open through the night, every night, from 1 December to 31 March. We serve dinner from 6:30pm until 8:00pm, after which, the Overnight Welcome Centre team will be on site.
Anyone who finds themselves in a crisis can come, or be referred by partners, to Crimea Street, where the trained staff will operate a safe, welcoming space.
Glasgow City Mission has said it will work closely with the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) out-of-hours service to access emergency accommodation
Previously, the organisation was confined to one location in Glasgow in which to accommodate its guests. Now using Crimea Street as a base, the organisation will be able to access an array of temporary accommodation across the city.
Glasgow City Mission is also doubling its Housing Settlement Officer team so that the next morning they will follow up with guests who have accessed the service the night before, and develop a person-centred move-on plan for each individual.
The team said it is delighted again to be working in partnership with over 20 other agencies in order to access expertise and specialist support this winter.
It gave thanks to Aspire, Blue Triangle Housing Association, British Red Cross, Citizens Rights Project, HSCP, Glasgow Street Pastors, Govan Community Project, Govan Law Centre, Healing For The Heart, Housing First Consortium (Glasgow), Hunter Street Homeless Services, Lodging House Mission, Marie Trust, Police Scotland, Safe in Scotland, Salvas, Scottish Drugs Forum, Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Refugee Council, Shelter Scotland, Simon Community Scotland, Social Bite and Turning Point Scotland.