RUTHERGLEN MSP BACKS ‘STAY WARM, STAY SAFE’ CAMPAIGN

EMBARGOED TO 00:01 ON WEDNESDAY 26 DECEMBER:

RUTHERGLEN MSP BACKS ‘STAY WARM, STAY SAFE’ CAMPAIGN

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey is supporting a project aimed at helping homeless people throughout the remainder of Winter.

The Simon Community and Streetwork Scotland have teamed-up to run an anti-hypothermia campaign to ensure homeless people ‘Stay Warm, Stay Safe’ at this time of year.

As temperatures drop – the campaign aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of hypothermia and the danger it poses to Scotland’s homeless community.

The organisations, both of which work with homeless people, are asking members of the public to contact the Simon Community’s street teams if they see someone on the streets who is shivering, pale, slurring their speech, breathing fast, or appears tired or confused.

The Simon Community can be reached by telephone on 0800 027 7466.

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey has backed the ‘Stay Warm, Stay Safe’ campaign saying it could ‘help save lives’.

Commenting, Clare Haughey MSP said:

“Streetwork Scotland and Simon Community do great work across Scotland, and I thank them for running this very worthwhile campaign which will help save lives.

“Hypothermia can hit hardest when we’re inactive, in poor health, poorly dressed or wet, and therefore our homeless community face a greater risk of succumbing to it in harsh weather.

“I would strongly encourage anyone who sees someone on the streets shivering, pale, slurring their speech, breathing fast, or who appears tired or confused, to call the Simon Community so they can offer much needed support.”

ENDS

Notes:

Below is a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP supporting the campaign.

27th December

Further information on the campaign can be read here: https://www.simonscotland.org/staywarmstaysafe/

 

Date published: 20th December 2018

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