Almost 30 council and community venues have been announced as part of a network of designated welcome places for Glaswegians ahead of the onset of winter and as the cost of living and energy crisis continues to impact people of all ages.
The Council, working in partnership with Glasgow Life and voluntary sector organisations, has committed to providing as much practical support as possible over the next few months - and opening doors to anyone who needs that additional help in what is being heralded as the most challenging winter due to a range of factors.
As Councillor Ruairi Kelly, City Convener of Neighbourhood Services and Assets explains: "We know that in households across the city people are already choosing between fuel or food.
"This is only going to get worse as we continue to hear about inflation rises which has a knock-on effect on everyday life.
"The Welcome Places programme will be an evolving situation to meet the needs of our citizens and will be part of a range of measures that we are looking at.
"We have already released details of a £1million fuel support plan to help hard-pressed households - the Glasgow Fuel Support Project will help individuals and families with top-up payments, advice and assistance to help bridge the gap in bills.
"With Welcome Places we want to offer alternative solutions and a place for people to feel secure, warm, with company, and with a friendly face available to help as well as the chance to find out about other support being delivered, in some cases, by the third sector in our city."
The network of community venues and libraries across the city have been identified using a range of factors, including being as close as possible to direct transport links with maximum offer of space and facilities, and operating as business-as-usual venues in local neighbourhoods.
In some venues there will be the opportunity to engage in services and take part in activities in a warm place within normal operating hours.
Designated Welcome Places will also include welfare and refreshments, and the use of Wi-Fi and PCs in libraries, and will offer a welcoming sanctuary and heated spot for residents to spend some time in and save money.
Bailie Annette Christie, Chair of Glasgow Life and City Convener for Culture, Sport and International Relations added: "Our facilities have been welcoming our citizens for many years, so it seemed the most sensible thing to extend this welcome further to people in need this winter.
"During scheduled opening hours no one will be asked to leave our buildings.
"By working with voluntary sector partners, support will be on hand to offer advice and guidance if it is wanted.
"We don't know what the impact is going to be - but what we do know is that everyone is bound to be touched by the cost of living or fuel crisis - that is a fact.
"Everyone will be made welcome in our venues. These are challenging times but by joining forces and strengthening community links, we will get through this together."
Officers will continue to liaise with partners to bring on additional venues to the Welcome Places network over the next few months and they will be promoted to local communities to make sure there is a high awareness among all ages.
Venues will start operating on a rolling basis from Monday 17 October and will adapt over the winter months to circumstances and to meet the needs of people who are attending.
Anyone experiencing any difficulties and in need of advice and guidance on a range of issues can also contact Glasgow Helps on 0141 276 1185 or at Glasgow Helps.
Updated information on the Welcome Places network as it evolves over the winter will be posted on this webpage.
Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council has announced that our Welcome Places will be open until the end of March and said: "It had been our intention to ensure that Welcome Places operated throughout January and February. But I'm glad that in recent days we've secured the resources to extend them until the end of March.
"As all of us familiar with Scotland's climate are all too aware, our weather doesn't instantly improve with a changing of the seasons. We only have to look back a few years to The Beast From The East to see how severe March can be."
The list of the first venues being designated Welcome Places include:
Barlanark Community Centre - contact 0141-778-2042 for transport information
Barmulloch Residents Centre
Castlemilk Community Centre
Cranhill Community Centre - Opening from 31 October. Please note this venue will be closed from 19 - 23 December 2022 and from 4 - 6 January 2023
Easterhouse Library @ The Bridge
Govanhill Community Centre
Kingsway Community Connections
Knightswood Cross / Knightswood Baptist Church - Opening from 2 December - Every Friday 11am-2pm - Free tea/coffee, rolls and soup.
Netherton Community Centre - Opening from 31 October
Parkhead Nazarene - Coffee and Company - Thursday evenings between 6pm and 8pm - opening from 3 November
Park Villa Hub - free hot drinks and breakfast rolls every Monday from 9.30am - 11.30am 5 Dec - 27 Marc 2023
Partick South Church - Opening from 24 November - café offering a hot drink and soup - Every Thursday 12-2pm
Penilee Community Centre
Pollok Community Centre - Opening from 14 November. Please note this venue will be closed from 22 - 23 December 2022
Possilpoint Community Centre - Opening from 31 October
Queens Cross Housing Association - running a number of community activities for local citizens during a winter programme running from 1 December - 31 March at The Courtyard Pantry. They will offer free access to IT, family activities and a tea/coffee - open Mon - Fri 9.30am - 3pm
Ruchill Golf Pavilion (North United Communities)
St Aloysius Church - Opening from 9 November
St Francis Centre - Opening from 14 November
The Charter (Tollcross Road) - Winter Warmer lunch cafe on Mondays between 12.30pm and 4pm. The Charter cafe is also open 10am-2.30pm on both Wednesdays and Fridays.
Yoker Community Campus
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