Glasgow homeless centre to close within weeks

A Glasgow centre for young homeless people is to close later this month after a three-month reprieve.

The James Shields Centre - Image courtesy of Google Street View

The James Shields Centre in Pollokshaws is due to close its doors on January 23rd after it was originally scheduled to close last October.

Glasgow City Council told the centre, which is run by charity Quarriers, that it would not be funding it in the future as the facility was no longer appropriate.

To compensate for the closure, a “reconfigured” service will be opened in Tollcross later in the month.

The James Shields centre provided bedsit-style accommodation for 37 individuals aged 17 to 25, with many, but not all, dealing with addiction.

However, concerns over the condition of the building have led Glasgow City Council to withdraw funding for the services provided by the centre, the Glasgow Times reports.

Quarriers said it is working alongside the council to find alternative accommodation for the current residents.

Andy Williamson, Quarriers deputy chief executive and service director, told Scottish Housing News: “Quarriers is working with Glasgow City Council Health and Social Care Partnership to reconfigure the existing James Shields Service.

“Notice was served on the building out of which the service currently operates and the building will close on 23 January 2020.

“The reconfigured service will be based in Tollcross and is scheduled to open in January.

“Quarriers’ priority throughout is for the young people at the service and is supporting Glasgow City Council HSCP whose role it is to find suitable alternative accommodation.”

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