Help the Homeless, Glasgow
Help The Homeless Glasgow is a non-profit community group founded in December, 2016. The group has expanded quickly and by December, 2017 had reached 7,000 members. Between 30 and 50 people meeting to go out into the streets of Glasgow with sleeping bags, food, clothes and other essentials, which are offered to rough sleepers. Volunteers also spend some time chatting to homeless people.
Volunteers can get involved in a variety of ways including collecting, donating and distributing items. There is no rigorous application process and all that is asked is that volunteers are non-judgemental of the people being helped and that they do not discriminate against anyone.
What Help the Homeless Does
As a non-profit group they rely solely on donations of items from friends, family and members of the public. Every fortnight members will meet up and organise items donated then form into groups. Tables are set up at two points in he city centre where homeless people can come to get food, clothes, sleeping bags, tea, coffee, toiletries and a friendly chat. In addition walking groups cover designated areas and distribute food and essentials to any rough sleepers who don’t want to leave their pitch to visit a table.
Help The Homeless Glasgow was created initially to help and support people living on the streets of Glasgow, however, it is not only homeless people who benefit but people who may have accommodation but are struggling financially. This can be as a result of benefit sanctions or other issues –help and support is open to these individuals or families.
Regular volunteers take part in every outing and volunteers build bonds with members of the Homeless community. However, new faces are always welcome.
Meeting times are every first and second Saturday of the month @6:30pm at the back entrance of Argyle Street Train Station facing the St Enoch Centre (along from Argos).
Mini-food bank, Carntyne Credit Union
Help The Homeless Glasgow works collaboration with John Lyons at Carntyne Credit Union also have a Mini-food bank to help out struggling families in Glasgow and beyond with food parcels.
Donations can be dropped off at Carntyne Credit Union, 45b Gartcraig Road, PO Box 2274
Monday – Friday between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Non-perishable food only plus toiletries, disposable nappies etc