The Simon Community
The Simon Community works tirelessly to combat the causes and effects of homelessness and we are proud to support this visionary charity for season 2016/17.
Following the success of our partnership with Glasgow City Mission’s Winter Night Shelter last season and our Big Ibrox Sleep Out events to raise funds for that project, the Foundation decided to continue with a focus on homelessness for the new season and has teamed up with Glasgow City Mission again and the Simon Community.
The Simon Community’s brand new Nightstop initiative will be the focus of the partnership throughout the year, with a third of the proceeds from this season’s planned Sleep Out events going forwards this innovative new project.
Nightstop targets 16 to 25 year olds who are in danger of sleeping rough and offers the support this vulnerable group needs to move forward in a positive direction.
The service provides immediate support with 3 – 5 nights emergency accommodation in the home of an approved Nightstop volunteer. Nightstop volunteers also provide a young person with a warm welcome, evening meal, breakfast and someone trusted they can talk to.
Glasgow has the highest concentration of young people who are homeless in Scotland, with 1,051 young people presenting as homeless in 2015. An average of 15 young people sleep rough every month in the city, which equates to 174 young people each year
Foundation Director Connal Cochrane commented, “Our fans really responded to the issue of homelessness last season and it was clearly a cause they felt passionate about.
“We want to build on what we achieved last season and use that passion as a force for good in our community.
“I think the Nightstop project with the Simon Community, and our new focus with Glasgow City Mission, are really exciting opportunities for the Foundation to make an even bigger positive impact on our city and tackle an issue our fans clearly feel strongly about.”
The Simon Community’s vision is that everyone should have a safe place to live and access to the support they need.
Each year the charity supports over 2000 people who are dealing with homelessness or struggling to maintain a safe place to live. The charity is also the only organisation in Glasgow with a Street Team, who work directly on the streets with homeless people.
To find out more about the Simon Community, visit their website at www.simonscotland.org.