At the very heart of the work of Street Connect is our street outreach work, and the connections we make with people in need on the streets. Part of our ethos is that we do not wait until people come to us, we go out to where the people are.

Several times a week in various locations staff and/or trained volunteers go out on the streets and offer respect, friendly conversation, help and advice to enable those in need to address the issues and challenges they are currently facing. Where appropriate we can offer support through our other Street Connect services or will signpost to other service providers where necessary.

Many of those we go on to work with more intensively are those we meet on the streets. One service participant said:

I can’t speak highly enough about what Street Connect has done for me. I was a homeless drug addict living on the streets of Glasgow and had been on drugs for over 20 years. I could see no way out until I met [a member of Street Connect staff]. When he spoke to me and offered to take me for a coffee I agreed, and it’s one of the best decisions of my life, everything has changed for the better since that day. It’s 10 months since then and I’m no longer on drugs, will be off my methadone soon and now have my own place. I now see a future for myself.