Streetmates’ space search
Help for the homeless
A group of volunteers based in East Kilbride who help the homeless through muchneeded donations is desperately searching for a base.
Glasgow Streetmates travel from the town to the city centre to hand out everything from warm clothes and toiletries to those sleeping rough or relying on a bed in a shelter for the night.
Set up just under two years ago, a core group of volunteers are desperate for storage – with their own homes bursting at the seams with items and donations from generous businesses, schools, organisations and individuals.
And they say without storage facilities they will struggle to move forward and carry on their vital work.
Linda Morrison, 65, from Calderwood, said: “We are all literally bursting at the seams and are in desperate need of somewhere to put it all. The problem is we don’t have the cash to pay for expensive storage so are at a bit of an impasse.
“If there is anyone who thinks they could help in any way we would be delighted to hear from them.”
Linda, who works with vulnerable people and has volunteered with various organisations, said there is more need than ever.
“It’s worse than it’s ever been and over the recent bad weather two homeless people died in Glasgow alone and there are easily more than five or six hundred sleeping rough in the city,” she said.
“It’s very easy to judge but if you actually go out and speak to the people sleeping rough it hits you that given the right circumstances it could happen to any one of us and it’s not always just down to drink and drugs.”
She added: “But the generosity of people never ceases to amaze us. Over the festive period alone we got 50 bags of clothing and lots of really heavy winter jackets.
“We don’t have room for more jackets and jumpers and the like but are always looking for toiletries and things we simply don’t have the cash to buy.”
And fellow volunteer, retired nurse Angela Martin, 51, from St Leonards, said: “Going out and seeing first hand the struggles homeless people face every day is humbling - even that they have to pay up to £15 a night for a shelter when they have absolutely nothing is just heartbreaking.
“The feeling you get when you see their faces light up with something as simple as a cup of tea or hot drink is hard to describe.”
The group would like to thank everyone who has supported them including Tunnocks in Uddingston, St Leonards Tesco, Kirktonholme Nursery, South Park Nursery and Marks and Spencer, Costa Coffee and Tim Hortons.
To contact the group go to the Glasgow Streetmates Facebook page or contact Linda on 07855124088.
Jam-packed Linda and Angela from Glasgow Streetmates are appealing for help to get a storage base for all their donations