For several years now we have been looking for new premises to house a mixed shelter with a dedicated woman only space for destitute women asylum seekers to stay in.
In December 2017 we have submitted an application for permission to change the use of an old recording studio in Ibrox to become Glasgow’s first permanent night shelter for destitute men and women asylum seekers.
The new premises will allow us to provide a much needed safe place for destitute women to stay overnight so they don’t have to sleep outside as well as much better facilities than currently exist in the men’s shelter such as showers; improved storage facilities and a dining area.
We plan to install improved external lighting and CCTV systems as well as re-instate some of the windows that have been previously blocked up. As well as improving the look of the building, which has lain empty for over a year, we hope these changes will enhance the safety of the area as staff and volunteers will be present in the street overnight.
We hope to find out whether we have been successful in obtaining change of use permission by the middle of March 2018. We will then start carrying out the work needed to improve and up-grade the building which may take as much as six months but we hope to be starting to use it by the middle of 2018.
Here is a flyer about our proposal to use 24 Fairley Street: 24 Fairley Street building proposal leaflet v2
Here is a link to Glasgow City Council’s planning application page so you can read our plans and the letters they have received in support of the project. https://publicaccess.glasgow.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P1BJ8VEXIDV00
Visit this page to see what the building looks like inside and read what we plan to do: https://glasgownightshelter.org/new-premises/inside-24-fairley-street/