Simon Community Scotland

A Safe Place

No one chooses homelessness. We are seeing a huge increase in demand for our support services, again. We are very stretched and desperately need more help. Please help us provide safe places & support to people experiencing homelessness.
£106,473
raised of £200,000 target
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Story

Imagine if you didn’t have a safe place to go. Imagine if you had no-one you could turn to for support, no-one you could trust.

There were 39,006 applications for homelessness in Scotland last year. There are a lot of people desperately seeking safe places and support.

Simon Community Scotland is the nation's leading homeless support charity. The number of people our frontline teams are supporting is reaching record levels, again. We're doing our very best to provide people with a safe place to access support and keep people safe from harm. But we are very stretched and desperately need more help. Whether you can support us as an organisation or as an individual, please consider donating to our ‘A Safe Place’ appeal.

We are looking to raise £200,000 with this emergency appeal, with funds directed to our safe places, including; our community hubs, street teams and accommodation, as well as basic life essentials for people we support, including; warm winter clothing, food parcels and toiletries.

£10 - Would allow us to buy some basic essentials to support someone into emergency accommodation - a safe place for a night or longer

£25 - Would help us provide A Safe Place welcome pack (fresh pyjamas, tea, coffee, snacks and toiletries) to welcome someone into one of our safe places - a supported accommodation service.

£50 - Would allow us to provide A Safe Place winter essentials pack (£5 worth of toiletries, £10 worth of food vouchers, £15 scarf, hat and glove set and a £20 jacket) to someone experiencing homelessness who we are supporting.

£70 - Could provide hot food, dry warm clothes and a night in safe accommodation for somebody that desperately needs it.

£350 - Would help us provide A Safe Place, support and care to 5 people tonight.

£500 - Would allow us to run a We See You / Women’s Support Groups at our Edinburgh/Glasgow hubs for people experiencing homelessness.

£700 - Would allow us to provide a safe place and support to a woman experiencing homelessness for 1-week.

£1,000 - Would provide a ‘moving in pack’ to make an empty house a safe place - a home

£7,000 - would allow us to provide a safe place and support for 10 people experiencing homelessness for a week.

£10,000 - Would provide 10 ‘moving in packs', to make an empty house a safe place for someone - a safe home.

£50,000 - Would allow us to buy A Safe Home for someone who has been experiencing homelessness and who is ready to move into a home of their own with our outreach support. The home would be their home for as long as they need it.

Please read Kirsty’s story (below) to find out about the life changing difference your donation could make.

Kirsty - Glasgow, aged 37

“I was lost. In a downward spiral of poor mental health and taking copious amounts of drugs to block out pain and trauma. I had a job, I had a home, I was in a relationship… and I lost them all. I was sofa surfing and then I was on the streets, or in hostels.

“I found Simon Community Scotland’s hub after speaking to their Street Team. It was the safest place I had been for months. It felt safe to talk, safe to connect with the support workers, safe to tell them my story and all my fears. Simon Community Scotland got me into one of their specialist women’s support services.

“I had my own room with an en-suite bathroom - something I’d never had before! I had access to 24-hour support. I felt safe. And my mental health improved considerably. I’m now in my own home, but I’m not through it all. I still need the safety of the hub to help me through my addictions and experience of homelessness. But for the first time in a long time, I can see light.”

Lorraine McGrath, CEO for Simon Community Scotland, said: “The number of people our frontline teams are supporting is reaching record levels, again. Last year we helped over 8,000 people and this year we are set to support over 9,500. We're doing our very best to provide people with a safe place to access support and keep people safe from harm. But we are very stretched and desperately need more help. Whether you can support us as an organisation or as an individual, please consider supporting Simon Community Scotland’s ‘A Safe Place’ appeal.”

NOTE - If you would like to donate to our Winter Crisis Appeal in another form you can;

Send a donation by cheque to: Simon Community Scotland, 472 Ballater Street, Glasgow, G5 0QW.

Please make your cheque payable to: Simon Community Scotland.

Please include a note stating whether you are a UK taxpayer and if youd like to have gift aid applied to your donation. Gift aid allows us to claim tax back on the money you give us. If you want to learn more, you can visit HMRCs website.

Bank Transfer - Please email hello@simonscotland.org if you would like to make a bank transfer.

About Simon Community

VISION - Everyone deserves a safe place to live and access to the support they need

MISSION - Simon Community Scotland meet and stick by people so they can avoid, resolve and heal from the harms of homelessness.

Simon Community Scotland is Scotland’s leading frontline homeless charity, leading the delivery of new solutions for homelessness across Scotland. In 2022, the charity supported over 8,000 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and expects to support over 9,500 people in 2023.

One of Simon Community’s core beliefs is that everyone should have access to safe space, regardless of their circumstances. People experiencing homelessness need a safe place or safe places they can stay, access service and seek help.

Simon Community provides these safe places through their hubs, supported accommodation services and streetreads library. As well as these places, Simon Community provides support for an increasing number of people rough sleeping on the streets.

You can find out more about Simon Community Scotland’s support services by visiting https://www.simonscotland.org/about/services/

About the charity

Simon Community Scotland

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Everyday we work alongside people so that they can resolve their homelessness and recover. It is by working and learning together that we can drive change. We deliver a range of services across Glasgow, Edinburgh and beyond. Thank you for your support!

Donation summary

Total raised
£106,472.31
+ £9,605.32 Gift Aid
Online donations
£47,974.31
Offline donations
£58,498.00
Direct donations
£36,691.17
Donations via fundraisers
£11,283.15

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