About Us

In early 2000s Sandra Sneddon was doing volunteer work in the streets talking to and trying to help homeless women. She came to realise that there was nowhere for homeless women to go in Scotland. On occasion she took girls into her own home as there was no alternative for them. This provided them with food and shelter for a few days and then sadly they would return to their world of alcohol or drug addiction combined with abusive relationships.

Often these women were going from hostel to hostel in an attempt to free themselves from addiction. However in most cases the scenario was very much one of an ever revolving door, in and out of hostels and a return to an environment that forced addiction.
Sandra remembers a young girl she met who was desperately trying to give up drugs so that she could have her daughter back to live with her. She was in and out of hostels repeatedly being forced back amongst drink and drugs. No matter how hard she tried there was never a place of stability for any length of time. Sadly this girl eventually died.
Following a period of volunteering Sandra started Safehaven in 2003 in an attempt to provide a drug and alcohol free environment for women to rebuild their lives and family relationships. Safehaven has been a wonderful refuge over the years for many women and girls allowing them to take time to find the strength to live a normal life.

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