East Renfrewshire Provost Alastair Carmichael has called on local people to dig deep to help the homeless.
During the opening of Shelter Scotland’s new Clarkston shop, councillor Carmichael has asked the community to donate unwanted items to help the housing and homelessness charity.
The Busby, Clarkston and Eaglesham representative brought along a bag of donations himself and was joined by councillor Ian McAlpine, Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland and an army of loyal customers, staff and volunteers who turned out for the official opening.
The new shop on Busby Road is one of 43 nationwide Shelter Scotland shops which together provide vital income for the charity.
Shelter Scotland works to help anyone with housing difficulties, whether they’re homeless, facing homelessness, struggling to pay their rent or mortgage or living in bad housing. Last year the charity’s free national helpline -which is funded entirely by voluntary donations - received 19,000 calls.
Councillor Alastair Carmichael, said: “Shelter Scotland’s on-going campaigning, advocacy and support for those affected by bad housing and homelessness makes a real difference to thousands of families and individuals, including many in East Renfrewshire.
“I’m delighted to open the Clarkston shop and encourage local people to support the charity in their hard work to end bad housing and homelessness for good. A donation, no matter how small, can make the world of difference.
“It costs just £10 for Shelter Scotland to help a family or individual at risk of losing their home through their helpline. We can all help raise such vital funds by donating an unwanted jumper or pair shoes for the charity to sell in its Clarkston shop. I urge people across East Renfrewshire to show their support for Shelter Scotland and help in any way they can.”
At the opening, Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: “We hope that the people of East Renfrewshire will continue to support Shelter Scotland, because without their help and generosity our fight to end bad housing and homelessness would be so much harder.
Graeme Brown added: “If every person in East Renfrewshire donated just one item to a Shelter Scotland shop it would enable us to help hundreds if not thousands of people in housing need”.
There are 2,665 families and individuals in East Renfrewshire on the waiting list for a home, with 157,000 households on waiting lists across Scotland.