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SCOTLAND - Some news in brief

May 01 2021
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Finding a way

A Way Home Scotland, a coalition of individuals, organisations and authorities working to end youth homelessness in Scotland, launched its second Youth Homelessness Prevention Pathway. The new pathway sets out to outline ways to prevent homelessness for all young people, it follows the success of the first pathway in 2019, aimed at care leavers faced with homelessness. Scottish Housing News reports the pathway contains 16 recommendations and three calls for action, including an emphasis on creating local strategies tailored to the population. The Scottish Government published statistics for the year 2019-2020 showing 8,319 people between the age of 16 and 25 presented as homeless to their local authority.

Be Kind

Kindness Homeless Street Team, a community group based in Glasgow, served more than 200 people at their outdoor soup kitchen on one freezing, snowy night in late February. The street kitchen is set up in George Square on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and regularly serves a group between 130 and 150 people. Laura McSorley set the Kindness Homeless Street Team up in 2019. Speaking to Glasgow Live she said the soup kitchen was seeing “loads and loads of new faces” during the pandemic.

Unbelievable "success"

Some quite literally unbelievable news: the Scottish Government has revealed there are only 11 people sleeping rough in the whole country. According to the Daily Record, the government says the lowly number is down to the success of schemes designed to house people during the pandemic. The figures were released in response to a Freedom of Information request. Colin McInnes, chairman of Homeless Project Scotland, was having none of it. “Last Friday night, we fed 240 people at our soup kitchen in Glasgow. What we see on the streets suggests there are more than 11 rough sleepers in Glasgow, never mind Scotland.”