On 3 September 2020, Glasgow City Council’s City Administration Committee approved the Glasgow Begging Strategy (GBS) for 6-week public consultation which will begin on 11 September 2020.
This document has been developed by a Short Life Working Group (SLWG) which was established as a multi-partner forum. Chaired by Councillor Allan Casey, the SLWG comprised a wide range of public sector agencies, third sector groups, and private businesses and business networks, including Glasgow City Mission, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP), the Marie Trust, Turning Point Scotland, Homeless Network Scotland, Simon Community Scotland, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and the City Centre Retailers Association. Importantly, people with lived (or personal) experience of street begging were involved in the development of the Glasgow Begging Strategy and will continue to be involved in its implementation going forward.
The Glasgow Begging Strategy involves a number of measures intended to help people currently engaged in street begging to move onto more positive destinations.
A key feature of the strategy is Street Change Glasgow (SCG), a new alternative giving scheme which was launched earlier this year with a public donation point installed in Central Station. Another three city centre venues (The Cathouse, The Garage and 29) already have similar donation points and more are planned for other locations.
SCG offers the public an alternative option to dropping change into a cup – a kindness which only helps the recipient short term and seeks to help vulnerable people improve their lives long term. The fund will be led and managed by Simon Community Scotland and payments will be made to individuals via Glasgow’s Street Team which works with people on the streets and is funded by GCHSCP.
This alternative giving scheme is one of four Key Projects outlined in GBS which will assist existing services and initiatives which help vulnerable people in Glasgow.
During the public consultation exercise, you can view and participate here
The draft Glasgow Begging Strategy can be downloaded from here
Further information about Street Change Glasgow can be found here