This year we have been honoured and delighted to have received input from Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
In January she visited our Maxwell Drive service and then delivered the keynote address at our re-launch event in February. Her support and personal interest has added significant profile and value to our work.
During her visit to Maxwell Drive, Nicola gave significant time to get to know and be with the women at the service and to really understand their challenges. She listened to their stories of how homelessness has impacted on them and the value they now feel in themselves. It meant a great deal to the women that someone – seen as so important – took so much time to listen to their story. The women felt they really mattered and what they had to say was really worth hearing.
Nicola’s presence and delivery at our re-launch was a fitting endorsement of our shift to a more national focus as Simon Community Scotland. We look forward to growing from strength to strength and joining with others across Scotland to combat the causes and harsh effects of homelessness.