Glasgow City Mission
We are proud of our enduring community partnership with Glasgow City Mission, now in its 5th year, and have pledged this season to continue to support Glasgow City Mission’s Winter Night Shelter, which provides a safe, warm place to sleep for those who would otherwise be rough sleeping, along with additional support and advice.
Supporters have raised an incredible £179,000 for homeless projects over the last four years, £145,000 of which has helped Glasgow City Mission deliver crucial and ground-breaking projects addressing the causes and effects of homelessness in our city. We also supported several important homeless projects with Simon Community Scotland.
In the first ever Sleep Outs, supporters raised £70,000, which kept Glasgow City Mission’s Winter Night Shelter open during the month of March, when it would usually be closed, for the next three years, as well as paying for advocacy services for those forced to use the shelter.
Subsequently, funds raised by the Rangers support paid for 17,000 hot meals for the charity’s Evening Drop-in Service and furnished and decorated up to ten new homes for homeless people as part of the Housing First scheme.
Last season we built on that legacy by once again supporting the night shelter and keeping it open throughout March. That March was very cold, with snow, hail and freezing temperatures. Over 200 people used the shelter throughout March, with 721 bed nights taken.
About Glasgow Winter Night Shelter
The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter aims to meet homeless people’s immediate need for a warm, safe place to sleep and trained staff then try to tackle the root causes and help the person find suitable temporary accommodation as an alternative to rough sleeping. They are also referred to Glasgow City Mission’s other services, and those of partner organisations, including places to get a hot meal, legal advocacy work and support with seeking employment.
Foundation Director Connal Cochrane has volunteered at the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter in the past and you can read his moving blog about the experience here and learn more about the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter.
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.