Charity

Plan to use double-decker bus to shelter Glasgow’s rough sleepers from the cold

By Ellen Thomson at

A group wants to buy a double-decker bus to shelter homeless people in Glasgow.

Help The Homeless Glasgow has set up a crowdfunding page on justgiving.com.

The not-for-profit group has set a target of raising £10,000.

ROUGH SLEEPER ON THE STREET

Donate: Help The Homeless Glasgow has set up a crowdfunding page on justgiving.com

It wants to turn the bus into “temporary beds and a safe space at night for rough sleepers across Glasgow”.

During the day, the vehicle would be a hub “offering hot drinks, food and advice on the services to access for temporary accommodation”.

The group says similar projects have been successful in England.

‘Not enough places’

It says the move would help tackle increasing numbers of people experiencing homeless in Glasgow.

HTH Glasgow says it is hoping to get the project up and running before March 31, when the winter night shelter closes.

“We feel that there are not enough places offering temporary accommodation to people who are not eligible to be accommodated by the local council,” says the group on its fundraising page.

“Over the past 2 years we have had a large number of people from cities across Scotland and the rest of the UK and beyond, come to Glasgow to seek help and accommodation but due to having no ties to the city, they often find themselves on the street.

ROUGH SLEEPER ON THE STREET

Street: People come to Glasgow to seek help and shelter, according to the homeless group

“At HTHG we want to start bridging this gap and hope to have more than 1 bus in the near future.”

It adds: “Any donations will be greatly appreciated, no matter how big or small.”

One project in Milton Keynes makes use of a former tour bus to help rough sleepers.

The Bus Shelter MK has been going for the past two years.

Its converted double-decker bus once toured with Robbie Williams and Rod Stewart.

Supporters of the Glasgow group have taken to social media to raise awareness of the fundraising drive.

One wrote: “Got to be worth a tenner. The work these guys do and the time they give up would astound you 🙌”

* The Help The Homeless Glasgow fundraising page can be found here.