A fantastic initiative and a much needed resource centre for people experiencing homelessness in Glasgow

We’re very lucky to have amazing Simon Community Scotland ambassadors who are passionate about the work we do and will support us in any way they can. Lorraine McIntosh and Ricky Ross from Deacon Blue officially opened the Access Hub at the end of September. 

After cutting the ribbon Lorraine made a short speech which really hit home with all of us “It’s a real privilege and a great honour for Ricky and I to be here to celebrate the opening of the Access Hub. This Hub is a fantastic initiative from Simon Community Scotland and a much needed resource centre for people experiencing homelessness in Glasgow.

Living in Glasgow I, and most folk I know, have been saddened and frustrated at the amount of people who seemed to have nowhere to call home but the streets of our city.

This Access Hub is the latest step in not only improving figures for homelessness but for eradicating it

Homelessness, as I’m sure you all know, is a complex issue which has a devastating impact on those who experience it. Working as ambassadors with Simon Community over the last year or so we have both been amazed and encouraged by the work we’ve witnessed. This Access Hub is the latest step in not only improving figures for homelessness but for eradicating it.”

Lorraine continued “It’s taken several years and a huge commitment, but today the people of Glasgow can celebrate some good news and be proud that, here, our most needy citizens can access help and support by walking in off the street. Here there is everything from legal advice, monthly sessions with the DWP, health care for not only themselves but their beloved dogs, counselling, story telling…the list is long and impressive.

Interior of the Access Hub

The people of Glasgow can celebrate some good news and be proud that, here, our most needy citizens can access help and support by walking in off the street

Living through these difficult times when all our lives have been affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic, it has been amazing to see that when it comes to solving the problem of homelessness, where there’s a will there’s a way. During this time rough sleeping in Glasgow has almost disappeared. Our challenge now is to make it a priority that these people are not forgotten about and that their right to a safe place to live is not ignored.

We all know the way we treat the most vulnerable amongst us says something about who we are as a society and the creation of this Hub says we want homelessness in our city to be a thing of the past. The Access Hub is an important step forward in making that a reality.

So, thank you to everyone who has worked to get us here today and thank you all for coming. This is a place we should all be very proud to have in our city.”

Lorraine MacIntosh and Ricky Ross from Deacon Blue inside the Access Hub