We’re transforming Glasgow’s approach to homelessness and ending rough sleeping in the city

About The Alliance

In May 2019, Glasgow City Council issued a tender to establish an Alliance partnership which would work together with the Council to transform homelessness services.

Understanding that ‘more of the same won’t do’, the Alliance partnership is an innovative approach, and a major shift from the traditional commissioner/provider relationship.

The Glasgow Alliance to Homelessness (GAEH) was established in February 2020. It sees organisations across the city leaving their own agendas behind and working together with shared responsibilities and a unified drive to make the changes that are necessary to improve outcomes and experiences for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. We also hope to change negative perceptions of this population of Glasgow citizens.

The Alliance is the first of its kind in the UK and brings together the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), third sector and independent organisations, and local people with personal experience of being homeless.

How We Work

Our genuine partnership approach will help to transform homeless services by always making decisions in line with ‘What’s Best For People? We’re driven by responding to what is best for people and this guides everything we do.

The partners of the Alliance work together as a collective, taking a more integrated, joined up and collaborative approach. We no longer have to enter into competitive tendering processes.

We share opportunities and responsibilities and operate with shared understanding and unanimous decision making. Everyone’s experience and expertise is valued.

Alliance Partners

The Alliance is a partnership of organisations, and people who have been affected by homelessness who have come together to end homelessness in Glasgow.

The ten partners of the Alliance are:

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council support and challenge the Alliance Leadership Team as we improve provision across the city, influence system changes, and deliver creative and innovative solutions to end homelessness. They bring significant expertise and knowledge in the field of homelessness and other contributory areas.

Sir Harry Burns

Professor of Global Public Health

University of Strathclyde

Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick

Professor of Housing and Social Policy
(I-SPHERE) Herriot-Watt University

Chris Hildrey

Architect
Founder, Proxy Address

Lydia Stazen

Executive Director
Institute of Global Homelessness

Dr Ligia Teixaria

Founding CEO
Centre for Homelessness Impact

OUR VISION :

ALL GLASGOW CITIZENS HAVE A HOME TO CALL THEIR OWN

WHAT WE’LL DO:

  1. Prevent homelessness wherever possible
  2. Prioritise settled homes for everyone
  3. Reduce the scale of, and time people spend in, temporary accommodation
  4. Deliver services that are person-centred, responsive and joined-up
  5. Create a movement that involves the whole city – we want the people of Glasgow standing with us

HOW WE ACT:

  • We have faith in each other. We build on strengths, supporting people experiencing homelessness to make their own choices and get back in control of their lives
  • We break down barriers. People with experience of homelessness co-produce everything we do, breaking down barriers between service providers and people using services. We respect and listen to all voices
  • We say what needs to be said. Honesty and respect helps us build trust with everyone we work with
  • We challenge expectations. We challenge all expectations about homelessness: what it is, why it happens and how we can end it
  • We adapt and grow. Systemic change doesn’t happen overnight. We’re flexible, open to radical new approaches and welcome new experts, partners and supporters from all across society

Jobs

We’re not currently recruiting but will update here when new roles become available. You may be interested in finding out more about our volunteering opportunities here.