Welcoming Nicola Sturgeon to Streetwork: Announcing actions to make a difference

Archived Blog Post

This is an old blog post from our archive. Streetwork and Simon Community Scotland were former partners, and formally joined together in 2019.

Streetwork are delighted to have welcomed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to our Holyrood Hub today. The visit was to announce that the recommendations from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group have been approved by the Scottish Government. This ensures there is a mandate and resources available to better support people and help combat homelessness this winter.

Nicola Sturgeon was joined by Kevin Stewart (Minister for Local Government & Housing) and Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis UK and Chair of the Scottish Government Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group.

Streetwork’s Chief Executive, Lorraine McGrath, is a member of the Action Group representing both Streetwork and Simon Community Scotland: “It’s great to be part of such rapid action and to have this support from the Scottish Government and local services; support that will enable our street teams, at Streetwork and Simon Community Scotland, to simply make the right things happen, right now, to deliver that vital difference for people in the most extreme circumstances and end their need sleep rough this winter.”

Streetwork are very proud to be making things happen for people experiencing homelessness and continue to collaborate with partners to find solutions that can really work for the people we support this winter.
While visiting Streetwork’s Holyrood Hub, it was encouraging to see that the key emphasis of the Minister’s time was spent engaging with the people the use Streetwork services, as well as staff and volunteers.

The First Minister said: “I want to thank the Action Group for the serious and urgent work they have done. These actions, which the government accepts in full and will roll out immediately, will provide more support for those who find themselves homeless and more safe and warm places to stay this winter.”  

More information about the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group is available online. You can also read the Scottish Government Press Release here.