Since December 12th 2011, a number of groups and individuals involved in the Glasgow Destiution Network have been running a night shelter for asylum seekers who have been made homeless.
The night shelter, originally intended to be only emergency accommmodation over the winter, was due to end on Saturday 31st March. However because it has been so succesful and played such a positive part in the lives of the men and women staying there that we’ve decided to try to continue the shelter for the rest of the year in a new location.
We are looking for more volunteers to help manage the night shelter which looks set to be located close to Kelvinbridge underground station. The shelter runs from 8pm to 8am and you’ll be expected to help prepare food as well as stay overnight in the space. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Phill Jones the co-ordinator of the Night Shelter project on 07929852264 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations of food are also needed. We’re looking for donations such as tinned fish, pasta rice, tins of tomatoes, halal meat, fruit juices, biscuits, bread and rolls. Food can be left at the Unity Centre or at the Lansdowne Church on Tuesdays.
Financial donations can be made by donating money to the “Glasgow Destitute Asylum Seeker Night Drop In” account at any Lloyds TSB branch, account No: 75140563 and sort Code: 87-37-51.
A very postive experience
The night shelter has provided a safe, warm and welcoming space for men and women who face complete destitution to stay overnight every night apart from December 25th and December 31st. (We managed to find alternative accommodation for those two nights.)
The security provided by the shelter has enabled several of the people staying in the shelter, the space to re-start their cases or to sort out alternative accommodation. People staying there are can relax and warm up while they wait for a hot meal is prepared for them. Everyone, volunteers and guests eat together, sharing news and talking about the day’s events. In the morning we serve breakfast and provide a packed lunch for poeple to take away.
As well providing people who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets somewhere safe to stay, a positive community spirit has developed, and we’ve seen very isolated individuals come out of themselves, making friends with other guests and supporting one another.
Please support this project.
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