Media invite: Design at heart of well-being ethos of new advice and support centre for homeless people



What: The official opening of a ‘mould-breaking’ multi-agency support hub for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless – using elegant interior design to create a sense of calm, well-being and easy interaction, so that visitors feel ‘special’ and to encourage better joint-working between partner agencies.

Where: 389 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8LR.

Who: Homelessness charity, Simon Community Scotland, along with various partner organisations, and supporters, Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh, from the band, Deacon Blue.

When: Thursday September 24, with ‘ribbon cutting’ scheduled for 1000hours, followed by tours for the media and interview opportunities.

HOMELESSNESS charity, Simon Community Scotland, invites you to send a representative to the official opening of a new hub for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The hub’s interior has been designed to evoke a sense of calm and well-being, even begin to contribute towards healing, recognising that people who are homeless are likely to be experiencing a hard time (often through no fault of their own).

In addition, the hub has been laid out to encourage collaboration between support workers from various partner agencies, plus make it easy for service users to speak to them.

In other words, an overall design to reassure service users that their welfare is paramount and to make it easier to get the support they need.

Time slots are available, for any filming, interviews or photography.

A link to free-to-use photographs of the launch will be provided in a media release comprising more details and quotes from key attendees, such as SCS chief executive, Lorraine McGrath, Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh and a service user.

That media release will be sent (by at 1200hours Thursday, September 24.

To arrange a visit before, during or after the opening, please contact Chloe Kyle, Simon Community Scotland, 07767 787 588, email

This is a REQUIREMENT, to ensure the venue and launch is COVID-safe.

In attendance at the opening:

Lorraine McGrath, CEO, Simon Community Scotland

Ashley Young, service lead, The Access HUB, Simon Community Scotland

Joanne, service user, Simon Community Scotland

Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh, supporters, Deacon Blue

Suzy Kingswood, interior designer, 3 Design Scotland

Wendy Ball, Communications, Simon Community Scotland

Julie Alleyn, Volunteering Service lead, Simon Community Scotland

Dan Donald, board member, Simon Community Scotland

From partner agencies (invited – awaiting confirmation):

Frances McKinley, chief officer, Marie Trust

Robert McKay, Department for Work and Pensions

Richard Lowrie, NHS pharmacist, Phoenix Project

Isabel McHue, founder, Nemo Arts


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Contact: Chloe Kyle