Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers

Glasgow Night Shelter is a registered charity (SC047169) and the only organisation in Scotland providing emergency overnight accommodation to destitute asylum seekers.

We currently have capacity for 24 men at any one time, but we know that there are many more who require our service. Up to 150 individuals are made destitute by asylum system in Glasgow each year.

The charity was set up in 2011 to respond to a humanitarian crisis. We provide emergency accommodation (8pm to 9.30am, 365 days a year), hot food and signposting for those asylum seekers who have been forced into destitution due to their immigration status: they have no right to work, no recourse to public funds (e.g. benefits), and no access to statutory homelessness services.

We provide a warm and safe space to sleep, a hot evening meal and breakfast, and practical advice and information to empower our guests to move forward with their lives.

The Shelter is staffed by an experienced team and who are in turn supported by our incredible volunteers. Together they create a community that enables social contact and integration, as well as making sure the kettle’s on and there’s something tasty to eat. At the moment, guests can stay at the Shelter between 8pm to 9:30am every night, 365 nights a year and are referred to us by organisations such as Scottish Refugee Council and British Red Cross.

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Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers (GNS), in partnership with Scottish Refugee Council, has received funding from National Lottery Community Fund to pilot a humane, effective and improved model and approach to preventing foreseeable homelessness among destitute asylum seekers in Glasgow. Testing of this model will inform policy change in UK and Scottish governments.

Glasgow Night Shelter (GNS) has received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to develop a more joined-up humane and effective approach to preventing homelessness among destitute asylum seekers in Glasgow. In 2019 – eight years after the organisation was established – the need for fit-for-purpose accommodation and advocacy is more vital and urgent than ever. Current accommodation provision in the city for this community is extremely limited. GNS accommodates up to 24 men in a single large dormitory. There are also up to 8 bed spaces available in shared flats around the city, supported by individual donors and trusts.

There is no dedicated emergency provision for women. The pilot will develop a city-based accommodation pathway for those affected by the UK asylum system who are at acute risk of becoming, or who are already, homeless. It will focus on increasing the range, quality, and coherence across, accommodation for this highly vulnerable group, who would otherwise be street homeless; this includes those suffering Serco forced lock changes and women, for whom there is currently no emergency shelter.

The current partners hold expertise in supporting this high-need and diverse group. We are seeking new partners who hold housing stock, including types that have previously been used for social care, that may be repurposed to create a safe, supportive and dignified environment for a vulnerable population who cannot access mainstream homelessness services. If you have a building that you don’t quite know what to do with at the moment, or for which you’re seeking a meanwhile use, get in touch.

Glasgow Night Shelter

Contact: glasgownightshelter