Winter time is always a difficult time for the destitute men staying at the night shelter.
Far from family and friends, with dark nights and freezing cold weather, it’s hard being homeless in a foreign country.
Glasgow night shelter [Scottish charity SC047169] is the only place destitute asylum seekers can go to get somewhere warm and safe to stay in an emergency.
Every night of the year our team of volunteers provide a safe space, a warm welcome and a hot meal for migrants who because of their immigration status can not access normal homeless services in the city.
The night shelter runs from 8pm to 8am every night of the year providing support to homeless asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants some of whom arrive at the shelter with just the clothes they are wearing.
The people we help face multiple difficulties; often unable to speak English; without any family or friends who can help them; not allowed to do paid work; with an insecure immigration status; not knowing their rights and often scared to draw attention to their plight for fear of coming to the attention of the authorities, they are blocked from accessing any support that is funded by public money.
The night shelter is the safety net, the life line, the last line of support stopping people from having to sleep on the street. We don’t get any public funding – our funding comes entirely from donations from our supporters and from grants from other charities that back our work.
Every night of the year our volunteers provide somewhere warm and welcoming for them to stay overnight and a hot evening meal – even on Christmas and Boxing Day and on Hogmanay.
This year will be not be any different. Quite often during the winter holidays we face gaps in our rota of volunteers as many of them leave Glasgow to spend time with friends or family.
Just like previous years we’re looking for your help. Can you help this winter in one of these three ways?
1. Can you give some time to volunteer at the Night Shelter?
We are looking for volunteers to help cover the gaps in our weekly rota so our regular volunteers can get a break over the holiday period.
We also need volunteers to help at our Christmas and Boxing and New Year’s Day drop-ins so that the guys staying a the shelter have somewhere to spend the day when everything else is closed to them. There will be a traditional Xmas Dinner (As well as vegetarian and halal options) along with a film show, games and lots of presents!
The drop-ins will run from 10am to 6pm on the 25th, 26th December and 1st January with three 3 hour long shifts for volunteers to cover either a morning or afternoon. Email email@example.com for more information.
Open evening for winter volunteers: If you are interested in helping at the shelter over the holiday period or want to help on Christmas, Boxing or New Year’s Day we are holding a special Open Evening for Winter volunteers at the night shelter on Thursday 30th November at 8pm. Email us for more details.
2. Can you give some money for the Night Shelter?
Donations to the night shelter can be made by transferring money to the Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers account at any Lloyds TSB branch, account number: 75281960 and sort code: 87-37-17 or by sending a cheque made out to “Glasgow Destitute Asylum Seeker Night Drop-In” to:
Please make sure to indicate whether you wish your money to go to the hardship fund or to the new women’s shelter or to the general night shelter running costs.
ALTERNATIVELY Can you sponsor a Christmas Dinner for a homeless refugee in Glasgow this year? Visit our MyDonate page for more details https://mydonate.bt.com/events/glasgowchristmasdinner/451915
Or why not make a gift that keeps on giving and take out a standing order and make a regular monthly donation? You can download a form to send to your bak here https://glasgownightshelter.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/standing-order-form.pdf
3. Can you donate some warm clothing for the men at the night shelter?
At this time of year we normally put out an appeal for donations of new thermal underwear, socks, t-shirts, and boxer shorts, as well as any spare clean warm coats, hats, scarves and gloves you may have.
This year is not any different!
Next time you are in town or near a supermarket please spend a few pounds buying new underwear or gloves or a woolly hat for the guys staying in the shelter.
Or maybe you have an unused winter coat that you no longer use that you could donate. Or warm hats, gloves and scarves.
We also need donations of shoes and trainers.
You can drop your clothing donations off at a number of locations around Glasgow during the day:
- Maslows Charity Shop, 70 Shaw Street GOVAN
- The MILK Cafe, Victoria Road, GOVANHILL
- Social Bites Cafe, 130 St Vincent Street CITY CENTRE
Alternatively please phone the night shelter co-ordinator on 07929852264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can give you details of how to get to the night shelter when we are open in the evening.
Thank you for taking time to read this.
On behalf of the Night Shelter we wish you have a warm and safe winter holiday where-ever you may be!