Street Support Glasgow

The Home Page of the Street Support Glasgow website

By Kieran Turner

It’s been fantastic to be involved in leading the rollout of Street Support Glasgow, which is such a simple yet vital tool for the city of Glasgow. We know from speaking to partners in Edinburgh and other UK cities just how well Street Support Network are received. There has been a real excitement about launching Street Support in Glasgow when introducing it to partner organisations working to end homelessness.

It has been so inspiring to hear about the wonderful work going on in Glasgow to prevent and tackle homelessness, and Street Support Glasgow now brings all of this service information within a digital one-stop-shop, to be used by support workers, healthcare services, and more!  

We’ve got 80 organisations offering over 200 services as we launch, and we are so thankful for the engagement we’ve had so far. But we are not finished there… We want Street Support Glasgow to be a resource that we keep building, and that is kept fresh and up-to-date!l So please do contact us if you would like your organisation to feature on Street Support Glasgow, at glasgow@streetsupport.net 

Which finally brings me onto our wonderful Street Support volunteers. They have put in so much work to ensuring the information of these 200+ services is listed on Street Support Glasgow, and we simply couldn’t have launched it without them. They will be key to ensuring that Street Support Glasgow is kept a live resource, that we hope will be a go to for those wanting to help end homelessness in Glasgow!   

I’m delighted that Simon Community Scotland has funded this vital resource. Please read on for our press release and thanks to everyone who helped with the launch.

Kieran Turner, Street Support Glasgow project lead, Simon Community Scotland

The website being used in our Glasgow Access Hub

PRESS RELEASE

A brand new digital resource to improve support for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness in Glasgow has been developed by researchers and community partners.

Street Support Glasgow features over 200 services from more than 80 organisations and has been welcomed by Glasgow City Council, Police Scotland and many third sector partners.

Funded by Simon Community Scotland, Street Support Glasgow is accessible via web browser and smartphone APP, providing emergency advice and signposting to support services to those who are vulnerable or experiencing homelessness.


Hugh Hill, Director of Services & Development at Simon Community Scotland, said: “We know first hand from our Glasgow Access Hub how important it is for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness to have a one-stop shop to access the information, support and care that they need. Over 3,000 people accessed our hub from its opening in September 2020 – September 2021.


Hugh continued: “We are thrilled to bring Street Support to Glasgow as part of our ongoing commitment to digital inclusion and support. Some of the best ideas are simple – there is a lot of support out there and the Street Support Glasgow site and APP brings it all together in one place.”


Gary Dunstan, Co-Founder of Street Support Network said: “Street Support Glasgow is a first for the City. There is nothing else like it. And it is needed. Glasgow is the local authority with the most households assessed as homeless in Scotland. Sadly, there are a lot of people who need to know where, when and how to access support. This resource has helped people in other cities and we hope it can help people in need in Glasgow too.”

Speaking about current concerns many people across the country have in relation to forthcoming increases to energy prices, Gary said: “ The increase in energy prices is going to put more people at risk of homelessness. More people are going to need to access support, so the timing of Street Support Glasgow launching is vital. People who never thought they might need to access support about benefits advice, food and housing are going to need support. Being homeless isn’t just people sleeping rough on the streets. There are people sofa surfing, in temporary accommodation and many are staying in b&bs and hostels. Many people are only just getting by. We want them to know that there are some amazing organisations across Glasgow who will do their very best to help.”


Gary continued: “We also hope that Street Support Glasgow will be a tool for support and
social care workers and emergency services personnel. But it’s also for businesses and the
public who want to help. Ultimately, along with Simon Community Scotland and all the
partnership organisations on the APP, we are united working towards reducing the number
of people experiencing homelessness in Glasgow.”


Street Support Glasgow, funded by Simon Community Scotland, has been developed in collaboration with Manchester-based Street Support Network, now live in over 30 locations across the UK.

A bank of information on providers of meals, drop-in services, food banks and accommodation in Glasgow is available on the digital resource, as well as signposting to financial help, health services and training and employment opportunities. Up-to-date advice on Covid-19 and support available during the pandemic has also been added.
Coordinators say the resource provides a vital service to vulnerable people and the community by providing accessible information in one easy to use location.

It also offers a ‘Give Help’ function, that encourages members of the public and businesses to engage with tackling homelessness in Glasgow. Street Support has previously been launched and well-received in Edinburgh, and Simon Community Scotland are hoping it will be rolled out further across Scotland.


Visit https://streetsupport.net/glasgow/ for more information.

For further information and interview opportunities with Simon Community Scotland or Street
Support, please contact Murray Easton via murray.easton@simonscotland.org or on 07796
349 739.