Rucksack and Handbag Appeal 2017

Support our Rucksack & Handbag Appeal Day: Sunday 26th November 2017

We’re excited to be hosting our annual Rucksack & Handbag Appeal Day this November.

How it works

  • We gather a range of donations – simple things like warm clothes, toiletries and other essentials.
  • We sort and pack the goods – essentials and some treats – into rucksacks and handbags.
  • We then distribute them to people who are struggling with homelessness – they may be sleeping rough or living in temporary or emergency accommodation.

Get involved

We’ve already had a great response from people who will be volunteering with us on the day.

We’re now looking for donations. Can you help?

What we need

  • Sleeping bags
  • Handbags
  • Rucksacks
  • Toiletries
  • Clothing & toiletries for women: hat, scarf, gloves, t-shirts, tights, new underwear size 10-12 (cotton), waterproof jacket, slippers, tampons, panty liners/towels, makeup, eyeliner, lipgloss, hairbrush, scrunchie/bobbles/kirby’s/clips, emory boards, perfume.
  • Clothing for men: hat, scarf, gloves, fleece jacket or waterproof coat, new underwear (medium), t-shirts, socks, jumper
  • Food (non perishable please): cereal bars, tinned food with a pull ring, crisps & sweets, cuppa soup /pot noodles/oats/cereal pot, chocolate, sugar free gum.
  • Other useful stuff: groundnut, foil blanket (prevents hypothermia), cutlery, pencil and pad, flasks.

Dropping off your donations

You can gift your donations in a bag/rucksack, or simply use a carrier bag. Drop off your donations at the following venue:

12/14 ReidvaleStreet, Glasgow, G31 1SZ

Can you promote this event at your workplace or on social media?

Here’s a poster to download, or you can email us for a printed copy.

Rucksack & Handbag Appeal Poster

 

PRESS RELEASE: Homelessness outreach service to go the extra mile

ROUGH sleepers who have chosen to avoid Glasgow city centre are to be supported by a charity whose volunteers will be able to reach them by bicycle.

The Street Cycles team, run by Simon Community Scotland, are being kitted out with bikes to allow them to help more people, more often, and further out from the charity’s city centre base.

The innovative outreach service – part of the Simon Community’s Street Team – will be staffed exclusively by highly-trained volunteers, who will help the charity rise to the challenge of dealing with the estimated 1,000 people who sleep rough in Glasgow every year.

The project is being launched with the help of Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing at the Scottish Government.

Funded by The National Lottery, the Street Cycles project is appealing for people to get involved who want an unique and rewarding volunteering challenge.

The programme will involve extensive training, which – among other things – will involve lifesaving First Aid, including the administration of the opiate reversal drug, Naloxone.

Their specialised training will also include becoming a certified Cycling Scotland Cycle Patroller and reaching Velotech Bronze level, a cycling industry-recognised bike maintenance qualification.

It is believed that this is the UK’s first pedal-powered homeless outreach service: this development is part of Simon Community Scotland’s commitment to provide innovative solutions for the complex issues around homelessness, whilst meeting the changing demands on the street.

Hugh Hill, director of Services at Simon Community Scotland, says: “We are encountering growing numbers of homeless people in the south and west of the city, most of them women concerned about their safety in the city centre.

“Our ability to cover the more outlying parts of the city is inhibited by staff resources, as well as geography. We are bringing in volunteers to increase the scope of our cover and using bikes to reach a wider number of people, increase the visibility of the work we do, and distribute supplies.”

Street Cycles teams will use touring bikes loaded up with ‘basics’ such as food, clothing, First Aid, needle exchange kits, and sleeping bags. They will also be trained in providing psychological counselling and emotional support, plus in giving practical advice on how people might access wider services in the city.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: “Scotland has some of the strongest housing rights for homeless people anywhere in the world and this year we have set out a clear objective to eradicate rough sleeping, recognising that it requires more than just the provision of housing and that every individual has their own unique needs and challenges.

“We are planning to establish a homelessness and rough sleeping action group to lead change in this area and identify the actions, services and legislative changes required to end rough sleeping and transform the use of temporary accommodation.

“Tackling and preventing homelessness is a key priority for the Scottish Government and I’m delighted to launch this innovative outreach cycle scheme, that will enable Simon Community’s volunteers to help vulnerable people who are sleeping rough in areas outside the city centre.”

Continued Hill: “The training we will provide volunteers will be extensive – including from some of our staff at Simon Community Scotland, who have first-hand experience of being homeless.

“Providing a needle exchange service, for instance, is a serious undertaking, but will place our volunteers at the frontline of harm reduction in the city.”

The initial ‘Investing in Ideas’ funding of £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, will support the setup of the project. In time this will mean a team of 30 volunteers, working in pairs and providing the backbone to a seven days-per-week service.

Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland chair, said: “This National Lottery funding will help Simon Community Scotland be able to reach people who are sleeping rough in areas outside the city centre more swiftly and provide them with food, clothing and any advice they need.

“This is life-changing money, making a difference where, and when, it is needed most.”

People who think they have what it takes to rise to this unique volunteering opportunity are encouraged to visit http://www.simonscotland.org/support-us/volunteer-with-us/ to register there interest.

 

Notes to editors:

Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing, will be meeting Lorraine McGrath, chief executive of Simon Community Scotland; Hugh Hill, director of services and development at SImon Community Scotland; and Keir McCluskey, Street Cycles project leader at Simon Community Scotland and four Street Cycles volunteers.

Launch will be taking place between 1010 and 1025 on Wednesday September 20 at The Simon Community Hub at 72 London Road, G1 5NP.

Members of the media wishing to attend are kindly asked to intimate their intention by contacting project leader, Keir McCluskey, on 0141 418 6980 or keir.mccluskey@simonscotland.org.

Keir is also available to provide additional information about the project.

Photographs of Street Cycles bikes, equipment and volunteers are also available, free-to-use. Please credit photographer, Euan Robertson. They can be sourced here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vm0cl2spjjndgrc/AAAWThpFpgM8qkM7zmegxE1oa?dl=0

About Simon Community Scotland

The Simon Community Scotland has been working alongside people who experience homelessness in Scotland since 1966.

The Simon Community Scotland delivers around 170,000 hours of support every year and engage with up to 3,000 people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness. It operates a ‘Street Team’ from premises near Glasgow’s High Street. It also provides accommodation, including emergency accommodation in 12 locations across Glasgow, in North Lanarkshire and North Ayrshire.

For more information on Simon Community Scotland, please visit: http://www.simonscotland.org

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Press Release – Period Friendly Points

WOMEN in Glasgow are to be offered free sanitary products, which are being added to the kit used by the ‘street team’ of a city-based charity which provides practical support for people who are homeless.

Simon Community Scotland’s street team already provides First Aid and other ‘basics’, such as food, needle exchange and sleeping bags.

The addition of sanitary products is a recognition of ‘period poverty’, the growing number of women who are becoming homeless – including rough sleeping in the city – and new, external funding to help pay for the service.

Women will be provided bags containing sanitary products, underwear, wipes and disposable bags, plus credit card-sized information booklets to help women access wider services in the city such as healthcare and housing.

The bags are being labelled, ‘Period Friendly Pax’, and they will be available – and regularly replenished – at various points throughout the city, including day centres and homelessness services.

These ‘Period Friendly Points’ will also offer the chance for women to speak to trained staff, on issues such as personal health and hygiene.

Simon Community Scotland recently surveyed women who use its supported accommodation services, to find 70 per cent of women saying they had never been told what a period is, nor spoken to anyone about it, and 61 per cent also saying they used toilet paper or newspaper to manage their monthly period because they couldn’t afford sanitary products.

The aim, for Simon Community Scotland, is to extend its ‘Points’ and ‘Pax’ services from its imminent launch in Glasgow to other Scots towns and cities – starting in Edinburgh, via site organisation, Streetwork.

The funding has been provided by Simon Community Scotland, with additional funding – £7,500 – from the Big Lottery Fund.

Last week, MSP, Monica Lennon, introduced a consultation process at Holyrood with the aim of introducing a legal right to access sanitary products, including a duty on schools, colleges and universities to provide them for free in female toilets.

Begins Lorraine McGrath, chief executive at Simon Community Scotland: “Homeless women often didn’t have the opportunity to discuss their periods with their mother, at school or with peers as a consequence of traumatic childhood and institutional care.

“The women are often embarrassed to talk about their periods or ask for sanitary products when they need them and have no means to purchase them.

“For women on the street, and even in supported services, they will often choose to buy food, alcohol, drugs or a bed for the night rather than sanitary products.

“And even for those women who use proper sanitary products, they will often use them for longer than they should; therefore risking infection and toxic shock.”

Adds Lennon: “This is an inspiring initiative from Simon Community Scotland.

“We know that homelessness makes managing periods very challenging and not having access to sanitary products is compounded by the fact that is isn’t easy to access warm water and the privacy of a safe place to look after yourself.

“The added stress of living on the streets during your period and having menstrual blood staining your clothes is an experience that no-one should have to face and I applaud Simon Community Scotland for addressing the unmet needs of vulnerable homeless people.

“Access to sanitary products is about maintaining basic human rights and dignity.

“I’m glad that the Simon Community are taking this initiative forward. It’s also why I’ve launched a consultation on a members’ bill proposal in the Scottish Parliament to ensure that there is free access to sanitary products for anyone who needs them – you can find out more and give your responses on the consultation by visiting periodpoverty.scot.”

Continues McGrath: “Being homeless is bad enough – poor accommodation, lack of sleep and poor nutrition, with only the clothes you stand in.

“Then you get your period. We will provide free, accessible and dignified access to sanitary products, essentials such as underwear and advice for homeless women.

“This project is about providing equality, health, support, opportunity and most importantly – dignity.

“Period Friendly Points will ensure women on the streets do not go without sanitary products and have access to the support they need.”

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Notes for editors:

Lorraine McGrath and Monica Lennon MSP are both available for interview on Wednesday, August 23 from 1300 hours.

They will be both available, in Glasgow, at 472 Ballater Street.

Members of the media are invited to send a representative; and are asked to alert Simon Community Scotland of their intention to attend – in advance, by contacting Linda Clark on 0141 418 6980.

Lorraine McGrath, chief executive, Simon Community Scotland, can be contacted on 0141 418 6980 or lorraine.mcgrath@simonscotland.org

Monica Lennon MSP can be contacted via press@scottishlabour.org.uk or 07775 862476

Photographs of Period Friendly Points and Period Friendly Pax will be available, from today, August 22. Please credit: Euan Robertson.

Pics can be sourced here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2wulgb0drb0mnke/AABxVcuW2cFQTqR23eNBlH6Ra?dl=0

Or via Linda Clark, at Simon Community Scotland, on 0141 418 6980.

About Simon Community Scotland

The Simon Community Scotland has been working alongside people who experience homelessness in Scotland since 1966.

The Simon Community Scotland deliver around 170,000 hours of support every year and engage with up to 3,000 people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

For more information on Simon Community Scotland please visit: http://www.simonscotland.org

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Period Friendly Points – Dignity as standard

On the 23rd of August Simon Community Scotland launched a new program designed to make sanitary products freely available, easily accessible and support to homeless women having their period; Period Friendly Points. The program supported by the Big Lottery is designed to address the very real challenges homeless women experience in managing their periods.
The initiative starts with Period Friendly Points in Glasgow and Edinburgh and an expectation that by Christmas 2017 there will be over 20 Period Friendly Points across the country.
In addition to identified places for women to access support Street Teams in Edinburgh and Glasgow will be carrying a 72 hour period pack for women on the street including sanitary products, pants, wipes and disposal bags.
Our ambition is to make this aspect of life a little easier and support homeless women to have a period of dignity.  Read more…

Volunteering

Volunteer With Us

Our volunteer team welcomes people with a wide range of skills and experiences – including those who have lived through homelessness. If you like what we do, we’d love you to join us!

How people end up homeless is many and various. And just as the story of each and every homeless person in Scotland will be different, so everyone in Scotland can be part of the solution.

Our roots are in volunteering. Combatting homelessness involves all of us – as a community.

There are a number of different range of ways people can volunteer with us. We are currently looking to fill these roles

  • Warehouse Volunteer  (Glasgow)
  • Simon Store Volunteer (Glasgow)
  • Street Cycles Volunteer (Glasgow)
  • Period Friendly Pals (Glasgow and Edinburgh)
  • Nightstop Volunteer Host (Glasgow)

Click here for more information.

 

Nightstop in Glasgow

NIGHTSTOP IN GLASGOW

We’re  delighted to be working in partnership with Depaul UK to launch Nightstop in Glasgow – a really important service for young people in distress who are at risk of homelessness. We’re putting a call out for volunteer hosts.

The reasons why young people end up homeless are varied. Most commonly, it’s a breakdown in the relationship at home and sometimes a cooling-off period allows staff to support the family to reconnect and talk through their issues. Sometimes, the young person is escaping violence or abuse, or is facing issues concerning their sexuality.

Through Nightstop, young people facing the prospect of sleeping rough on the streets can be provided an emergency bed for the night – in a volunteer’s home rather than in a homelessness hostel. The Nightstop concept has been hugely successful in other parts of the country and we’re excited about the opportunity to deliver a safe, compassionate and homely alternative to potentially risky options elsewhere.

We are putting out a call for the people of Glasgow to join the Nightstop network, by offering up any spare rooms they have in their homes and becoming a Nightstop host.Potential hosts undertake an application process as well as training and a vetting exercise; and will receive ongoing support from Simon Community staff.

There’s more information about Nightstop in our news release.

You can help by applying to become a host as well as by promoting this programme in your networks.

To register your interest or learn more about this initiative, please contact Pauline Hannigan at pauline.hannigan@simonscotland.org

This will allow us to invite you to an information evening to meet us, hear about Nightstop and ask questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Scottish Women’s Awards 2017- Finalist

Challenging the causes and effects of homelessness, that’s not only the mission of the Simon Community but the personal driver for Lorraine McGrath, Chief Executive of Scotland’s largest charity dedicated to supporting people at risk of and experiencing homelessness. The charity has been delivering care and support on the streets for over 50 years and now reaches over 3000 people a year.

It hasn’t always been plain sailing for the Simon Community. In 2011 the organisation almost closed its doors. Lorraine stepped in as Chief Executive with a passion and a commitment she knew was inherent in the staff, volunteers and service users who made the Simon Community and with this energy took to turning the ship around.

Lorraine took the opportunity to re-evaluate the charity and began a process of modernisation whilst retro-fitting the organisation back to it’s core values. The result has been an organisation that has embedded quality improvement into its core achieving Committed to Excellence last year, substantially grown the organisation to become Scotland’s largest specialist provider of support to people experiencing homelessness, built a solid financial platform bringing security and stability and has built a reputation as an innovative can-do organisation.

Today the Simon Community are going from strength to strength driven by passion and compassion at every point of the organisation. The charity continues to innovate and find solutions most recently with Lorraine launching Period Friendly Points, an initiative designed to address the challenges homeless women experience when having their period and in September Street Cycles will launch. A team of cyclists working with the Glasgow Street Team to reach rough sleepers and vulnerable people around the City, the first of its kind in the UK.

Lorraine views this nomination as a recognition of the efforts and work of the team at Simon Community. Lorraine said of the nomination ‘I’m delighted to have been nominated for Services to Charity/Third Sector category. I’m immensely proud of the work that our staff do and I feel privileged to lead an organisation that genuinely changes lives.’

 

Let’s help get rid of Hate Crime!

What is Hate Crime?

Hate crime is a crime motivated by malice or ill will towards a social group because of:

  • Sexual orientation.
  • Religion/faith.
  • Transgender/gender identity

(Offences (Aggravated by Prejudice) Act 2010).

Homelessness and being a victim of crime

Research has shown people who are homeless are more likely to victims of crime. In fact, you’re 13 times more likely to experience violence. People who are homeless are also more likely to be a victim of Hate Crime.

We can all help tackle Hate Crime in Scotland

Hate crime is an issue for every community and every person is Scotland. The Scottish Government has identified tackling Hate Crime as a priority within the Scottish Strategy for Justice. Working alongside local authorities, Community Safety Glasgow and Police Scotland, we all have responsibility to tackle this.

We don’t want anyone to go through this experience

Simon Community Scotland wants to help increase awareness of Hate Crime and prevent Hate Crime from happening,  We will support people as best we can to report Hate Crimes. We link in with specialised support services and can help those affected.

Getting help

If you are homeless or at risk of being homeless and have/are experiencing Hate Crime,  please come and speak with our trained staff at The Simon Community Hub, 72 London Road, Glasgow G1 5NP or call our 24hr helpline 08000277466

 

There is more information available here:

Media Release: Confidence building cycling course for Simon Community Scotland

Media Release 15th June 2017

 

People supported by Glasgow-based homeless charity, Simon Community Scotland, were given a skills and confidence boost by taking part in an Essential Cycling Skills course from Cycling Scotland today.

Ten people who receive support from Simon Community Scotland took part in the course at the Charity’s Ballater Street centre in Glasgow.

Many of those taking part in the Essential Cycling Skills course will go on to take part in Pedal for Scotland’s 45 mile Classic Challenge from Glasgow to Edinburgh on 10th September 2017.

William Wright from Cycling Scotland, said, “The Essential Cycling Skills course is for adults who are new to cycling, or who haven’t ridden a bike for a long time. As well as covering many of the technical and safety aspects of riding a bike, the course also serves to boost confidence and self-esteem of those who take part – something that can benefit everyone across many areas of life. Going on to take part in Pedal for Scotland is a great achievement for anyone, and we’re delighted Simon Community Scotland have entered a team to take part in the Classic Gold Challenge on 10 September.”

Hugh Hill, Director of Services and Development at Simon Community Scotland, said, “There’s nothing good about being homeless. It’s particularly bad for your physical and mental health and has an average life expectancy of almost half that of the general population. Cycling on the other hand is proven to improve your health and your wellbeing which is why at Simon Community Scotland we’ve been promoting cycling within the homeless community and with our staff.  It’s good for your health, your happiness, your purse and the environment! What’s not to like?”

Entry for Pedal for Scotland on 10th September is now open. An adult place on the Classic Challenge is £28 (£19 concession), while the Big Belter is priced at £48 per adult. Enter online at www.pedalforscotland.org.
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 For further information please contact:

William Wright, Cycling Scotland

0141 229 5350 / 07795 048042

williamwright@cycling.scot

NOTES TO EDITORS:

 Pedal for Scotland

  1. Pedal for Scotland is organised by Cycling Scotland, the lead organisation for cycling promotion in Scotland. Cycling Scotland is the national cycle training, promotion, events and engineering organisation for Scotland. With grant funding from Transport Scotland we are working to establish cycling as an acceptable, attractive and practical lifestyle option.

www.cycling.scot.

Cycling Scotland is a recognised Scottish Charity no. SC 029760

  1. Transport Scotland is the national transport agency for Scotland, delivering the Scottish Government’s vision for transport.

www.transport.gov.scot

  1. Pedal for Scotland was established in 1999 as a way to encourage more people to cycle. Cycling 50 miles in a day demonstrates the considerable distances it is possible to achieve by bike, and encourages people to leave the car at home for short journeys.
    1. Pedal for Scotland event is delivered in partnership with eight local authorities and support services such as Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service and the St Andrews Ambulance Association.

    pedalforscotland.org/

Simon Community Scotland
Founded in 1966, Simon Community Scotland is a charity that works to combat the causes and effects of homelessness. Its vision is that everyone should have a safe place to live and access to the support they need.

It operates a ‘street team’ from premises near Glasgow’s High Street. It also provides accommodation, including emergency accommodation in 12 locations across Glasgow, in North Lanarkshire and North Ayrshire.

Its ‘street team’ sees around 150 people on the streets of Glasgow every month, with up to 40 new cases each month.

It is estimated that people who are long-term rough sleeping have a life expectancy of 47 (age 43 specifically for women). Rough sleepers are 13 times more likely than the general public to experience violence, 47 times more likely to be the victim of theft and three times more likely to have been a victim of a road traffic accident. One in ten rough sleepers are estimated to have been a victim of sexual violence within the previous 12 months.

Simon Community Scotland has entered a team in the Pedal for Scotland event. Anyone can join “Team Simon Community” when booking their place to enter this event.

Visit www.simonscotland.org @SimonCommScot

Telephone: 0141 418 6980. Its street team can be contacted on freephone: 0800 027 7466.

STV Children’s Appeal

STV Children’s Appeal is the official charity partner of Pedal for Scotland. The STV Children’s Appeal is committed to helping children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. The money raised by the STV Children’s Appeal helps make a real difference in the lives of Scotland’s children and young people by providing practical help like food and warm clothes; creating opportunities for training and employability; and enabling social and emotional support for those who need it most.

In its first six years the Appeal has raised over £13.7 million. This has allowed us to make 722 big and small awards to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 62,000 children.

The charity was launched in 2011 by The Hunter Foundation and STV.  In 2013, The Wood Foundation pledged its support to the Appeal for projects in the North East.

Every single penny raised by the STV Children’s Appeal stays in Scotland and 100% of donations are spent on the children who need it most, as all overheads are met by STV and The Hunter Foundation. In 2015, the Scottish Government once again committed to match fund the first £1m raised.

www.stv.tv/appeal/

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Funding boost helps secure successful approach towards eradicating homelessness in Glasgow

AN already successful approach towards eradicating rough sleeping on the streets of Glasgow has been awarded a grant of over £400,000 to help maintain its work.

The City Ambition Network (CAN) – a partnership involving key, city centre homelessness charities and statutory services – has received £430,000 to expand an existing project with its next target being to reach 70 of Glasgow’s most vulnerable people.

The initiative recognises that many rough sleepers will often remain on the streets even when shelter is available.

Therefore, it provides not just access to immediate accommodation, but also support, care and health responses with the aim of putting the homelessness person more in control of their future.

The funding has come from the USA-based philanthropy organisation, Oak Foundation.

CAN was set up two years ago, to work with people who were entrenched in a cycle of homelessness, substance use and mental health problems.

It operates as collaboration between Simon Community Scotland, Glasgow City Mission, The Marie Trust and the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership.

Says Lorraine McGrath, chief executive at Simon Community Scotland: “By working together across the city, staff from our different agencies are able to support people into safe and secure accommodation.

“Service users being supported by CAN tell us they have a really strong sense of being cared for in ways they have not experienced for a long time for many this has helped them break their in and out of rough sleeping.”

It is estimated that, each year, over 1,000 people sleep rough, for varying periods of time, on the streets of Glasgow.

Added Grant Campbell, chief executive, Glasgow City Mission: “The complexities behind the phenomenon that is rough sleeping are often overlooked. If it was an easy fix it would have happened by now.

“What the City Ambition Network has been able to achieve might appear small to the casual observer, but to those in the homelessness sector, the joined-up ‘never let go’ approach to individuals dealing with chaotic lifestyles has been powerful.”

Says Simon Community Scotland, the grant will provide much-needed new staff and a research team to help connect with Glasgow’s most vulnerable homeless who need a consistent and intensive approach.

One of the people CAN is currently working with is Karen. Her needs extend beyond simply a roof over her head.

Begins McGrath: “Karen had a traumatic upbringing which followed her into adulthood. Her life was chaotic and she often slept rough in Glasgow and placed herself in very dangerous situations.

“Key workers in the CAN worked closely with Karen, over six months, helping her into a home that she felt safe in.

“A home was just the start for Karen, getting treatment for her mental health, support with her alcohol use and maintaining her belief in herself took a lot of time and expertise.

“Karen has been in her home for five months, the longest period off the streets in ten years.

“Karen’s story is not unique. Many of the people we support have very real trauma in their lives. A roof over Karen’s head will help towards her find safety, but she also requires compassion, understanding and other forms of support.”

Adds McGrath: “Over the next three years, the grant from the Oak Foundation will be invested in helping people like Karen find peace of mind, safety, a secure place to live.

“We’re obviously delighted with the support from the Oak Foundation and excited about supporting our most vulnerable in society, to find a safe place to stay and the support they need to rebuild their lives.”

In Glasgow, the Simon Community Scotland ‘Street Team’ works with around 150 rough sleepers every month, with up to 40 new cases each month.

Eric Steel, head of Homelessness at Glasgow City Council, said: “The CAN initiative is an innovative and inspiring approach to tackling the very real challenges people face and Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership is pleased to be working in partnership with the voluntary sector in improving outcomes for our most vulnerable citizens.”

McGrath continued: “Rough sleeping is bad for your physical and mental health, it’s unsafe, it’s risky and it’s scary. The average life expectancy of a rough sleeper is 47, almost half that of the rest of the population.”

For more information on the City Ambition Network, visit www.simonscotland.org.