St Mary’s Church Hall on Houston Street, Greenock, offers a warm welcome and a hearty meal to all, every Monday and Friday morning.
Inverclyde Homelessness Forum was established in 2006 and has been an invaluable support for Inverclyde’s vulnerable residents since.
Secretary of the Board, Rosemary McCartney, told the Community Spotlight blog that everyone and anyone is welcome to Inverclyde’s Homelessness Forum. There is no judgement or stigma. Every individual who comes in the door is offered a meal, a warm place to sit and friendly faces to chat to.
Signposting to further help is an essential part of the support on offer. The group have hosted outside organisations such as optometrists and other health professionals to help service users with challenges that they’re facing.
Every week, Inverclyde Homelessness Forum help between 40 and 60 individuals and over the past year have noticed a rise in the number of people they welcome to the church hall.
The group recently enjoyed huge success, raising thousands of pounds for their work, with their pop-up charity shop. Items donated throughout the year are sold at the annual shop and raise cash to support vulnerable people experiencing homelessness. Similarly, the group have benefitted from the Warm Hand of Friendship fund, provided by Inverclyde to offer a warm space or activity to residents who need
How you can Help
Inverclyde Homelessness Forum always welcome donations: clothes, toiletries and other essentials can be distributed to folk in need; cash donations can directly fund the service.
Head down to St Mary’s church hall, Houston Street, Greenock, on Monday and Friday mornings to drop off items.
Equally as valuable is your time.
Inverclyde Homelessness Forum is entirely volunteer run. The team is made up of about 20 volunteers – they always warmly welcome new recruits. There are many ways you can help out. Pop in to chat to the team about how you can join their incredible team!
Dec 21, 2023