Call For Help as Glasgow Night Shelter Seeks Temp Accommodation for 25 Destitute Men

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Facebook-can-you-helpSince 2011, a night shelter for approximately 25 destitute men seeking asylum and non-EU migrants who have no recourse to public funds has operated in Glasgow. The night shelter has been situated in various premises since 2011, and for the last few years has been operating in a church situated in the west end of Glasgow.

Staffed mainly by volunteers, the Glasgow Night Shelter provides much needed support for the people using the shelter, including providing meals, signposting to specialist organisations, and it works closely with many other organisations in the city to ensure people are able to access support, advice and guidance.

In a few weeks’ time, the shelter will open its doors for the last time, and unless some form of accommodation can be found on a temporary basis, then these men will have nowhere safe to stay. The shelter is no longer able to operate in the church, and is currently seeking new premises as a matter of urgency.

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership are currently working hard to secure more permanent accommodation for the shelter moving forward, and to ensure that people will continue to receive the support that they need. In addition, the Homeless and Rough Sleeping Action Group’s recommendations, which were accepted by the Scottish Government, highlight that there has to be a greater safety net for people in the asylum system, and for people with no recourse to public funds, and we are hopeful that more support will be available in the future.

However, at this moment in time, the shelter – which has been a lifeline for many people over the years – and charities are concerned for the safety of the people they support when the shelter closes at the end of August.

The Glasgow Night Shelter is looking for a space large enough for 25 people to have somewhere safe and warm to sleep. Currently opening until 8pm – 8am, the shelter provides hot evening meals, breakfast, a packed lunch and has access to basic washing facilities.

If you can help, or perhaps know someone who can, please contact the night shelter directly by emailing Annika at glasgownightshelter@gmail.com

For further information on the shelter, visit the night shelter website here: https://glasgownightshelter.org/