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Help for the rough sleepers of Glasgow city is to be supported in Stornoway once again this year, as a pop-up donation centre opens in the town next weekend.

On Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December the community room (former café) at Stornoway Library on Cromwell Street will be transformed into a hub for those who wish to donate cash, shopping vouchers or e-vouchers to help meet the needs of rough sleepers.

The Glasgow City Mission appeal in Stornoway is organised each year by members of the Stornoway High Free Church congregation, who will be on duty at the shop opposite the Baltic Bookshop between 2pm and 3.45pm next Friday, and from 11am to 3.30pm on Saturday 2 December.

Glasgow City Mission opens the doors of its overnight welcome centre, at 20 Crimea Street, Glasgow on Friday 1 December.

The Mission said the centre is much changed from the original shelter opened in 2010/11, now offering real routes out of rough sleeping for hundreds each year.

Last year 534 people used the centre to avoid rough sleeping, with a positive outcome rate of 95% of guests helped to resolve issues in their time of crisis.

A Mission spokesperson said: “This year, with the cost-of-living crisis and rising numbers of people sleeping rough in Glasgow, we will be even busier than before.

“Our fully-trained members of staff will support all those that come to us through the night and treat them with dignity and love in the traumatic circumstances they find themselves.

“The morning after, (we) meet with each guest and put together a personal plan to move them from an emergency bed onto a more permanent solution.”

Stornoway organisers say vouchers are welcome from retailers including Boots, Superdrug, Argos, Coop and Tesco stores, as well as from mainland retailers like TK Maxx and Primark.

Cash donations are also welcome. Organisers said last year’s Stornoway collection was a great success and they are hoping for similar support from the island community this year.

Further information comes from Ian McLeman on 07985 223078, Norman Maciver on 07741 007617 or Charlie Nicolson on 07717 816476, or call into the shop during the open hours.

Pictures from Glasgow City Mission.