Helen McMillan

We are putting the spotlight on some of our amazing 2020 Alumni of the Year recipients and the critical role they have played during the pandemic.  Next up is 2018 International Business and Finance graduate, Helen McMillan, who is a Resettlement Service Co-ordinator at Aspire Housing and Personal Development Services and is also the Founder/Lead Organiser at Help the Homeless Glasgow.  Below Helen tells us a bit more about her role:

“As the Co-ordinator for the Garscube Road resettlement service, a significant part of my role is to provide leadership and a positive management approach to support staff and the individuals experiencing homelessness who reside in our service to ensure that they have all of the life skills needed to be able to move on, manage and sustain their own tenancy, and hopefully helps to break that cycle of homelessness many people find themselves in.

“Aside from my working life, I started a community group 4 years ago called Help the Homeless Glasgow whilst I was a student at GCU.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we had to adapt our original practice in line with the restrictions and guidelines from the Scottish Government which meant that we could no longer go out into the streets of Glasgow in groups to operate our pop-up soup kitchens.  The pandemic has opened up an opportunity for every rough sleeper to be accommodated in some way so during lockdown myself and other HTHG volunteers decided to prepare, cook and deliver homemade meals to temporary accommodation services, hostels and hotels across Glasgow. Between us all, we cooked a massive 26,714 meals from our home kitchens with the aim to provide good food so that people in accommodations could stay indoors, keep safe and minimise the spread of coronavirus.”

Thank you Helen for the phenomenal work you are doing.  You are a very worthy addition to our esteemed Alumni of the Year recipients.