Glasgow City Mission’s Evening Drop-in Service
Following the huge success last season of our partnership with Glasgow City Mission’s Winter Night Shelter, which saw fans raise a staggering £70,000 to keep the shelter open longer over the cold winter months, the Foundation has decided to build on that achievement for season 2016/17 by supporting Glasgow City Mission’s Evening Drop-in Service.
On average 130 homeless and vulnerable people attend this service each evening where they receive a hot meal and staff have the opportunity to develop relationships with those who attend and help them get the advice and support they so desperately need.
The Evening Drop-in operates Monday to Friday, 8pm – 10pm throughout the year, and Glasgow City Mission staff and volunteers prepare hot soup, sandwiches and drinks and serve other food donated by local businesses such as salads and cakes.
One of the most important aspects of the Evening Drop-in Service is the chance to show kindness to those who often have no self-esteem and low expectations from life. As relationships develop and trust grows, people open up about their circumstances to staff and volunteers and there is an opportunity to help people contact other services and improve their situations, grow in confidence, learn new skills and move forwards in their live.
Just £1 pays for a hot meal at the Evening Drop-in Service and the Foundation aims to raise funds to support this vital service by once again holding our Big Sleep Out events at Ibrox Stadium.
Proceeds from the Sleep Outs will be split three ways between Glasgow City Mission’s Evening Drop-in Service, the Simon Community’s Nightstop initiative and the Foundation’s work in the local community.
Foundation Director Connal Cochrane commented, “Our fans responded magnificently to our request for support for this partnership last season and clearly felt strongly about homelessness so we are delighted to continue to focus on this issue for season 2016/17.
“Just one pound can feed a homeless person at the Evening Drop-In, and coupled with the work we are undertaking with The Simon Community on their project targeting young people at risk from sleeping rough, we will be able to make a significant contribution to tackling homelessness in our city.”
Grant Campbell, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Mission, added, “We’re thrilled to be partnering again with the Rangers Charity Foundation. Our evening drop in service is a critical component in tackling homelessness in the city. Our safe, warm, and friendly service is not only a place where we can help with immediate needs, it also gives us a great opportunity to help people find positive life changing solutions to what are often desperate situations.”
About Glasgow City Mission
Glasgow City Mission is the world’s first City Mission and has been helping vulnerable adults and children by fighting against poverty and disadvantage since 1826.
The charity works with adults and children who are often leading chaotic or difficult lives to help them break free from their oppressive situations which may involve homelessness, addiction, poverty, family breakdown, prostitution or emotional issues.
Find out more about Glasgow City Mission and the vital work the charity carries out at www.glasgowcitymission.com.
Real Life Stories
John started coming to the Drop-in on being released from prison just over a year ago. He initially came for food, explaining: “I found myself in a hostel. It had no cooking facilities, so £110 a fortnight in benefits didn’t go that far. After a while coming here I got to know the staff and developed a rapport with them.” John said that the thing he most appreciated at Glasgow City Mission was compassion.
Joe is another man who comes along. He started coming to Glasgow City Mission seven years ago when he was homeless and had a drug addiction.
“Glasgow City Mission is a lifesaver for those of us who fall through the safety nets,” he commented.