On September 30th 2020, we were delighted to open a brand new purpose designed Access Hub on Argyle Street in Glasgow.
1-year on, we were very grateful to welcome Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, for a coffee and a chat with CEO Lorraine McGrath and Head of Service Ashley Young.
Ashley Young – ‘Although it’s been a year, it feels in some ways like it was yesterday. We opened in the middle of a pandemic, when Glasgow City Centre was incredibly quiet, everything else was closed. But people came to see us, we can have over 100 people through the door every single day.”
‘Our team have provided over 24,000 face-to-face supports, to around 3,000 individuals, in the last year. People respond really well to the space and the environment we have created, it is a very welcome space to be and that impacts on everyone who comes through the door.”
Lorraine McGrath, CEO for Simon Community Scotland, said: “12-months on from opening the doors to our Glasgow Access Hub, I continue to be amazed by the difference it is making to the lives of people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness in Glasgow. This unique space and environment is helping people to feel valued, listened to and hopeful. Creating a one-stop-shop where all the services people need are in one place is saving time for the people we support and for our team and our partners, we’re making a difference as quickly and as effectively as possible.”
Lorraine added; “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the Hub, to all our staff and volunteers and to all our partners who we work alongside to make a difference. We are changing and saving lives.”
“Thank you so much to Ms Robison for visiting. It has been great to share some of the incredible successes and impacts.”