3D Drumchapel was established to make a difference in the lives of children and families in Drumchapel by providing support, strengthening relationships and empowering families to make positive change
WHO WE ARE
We offer a range of both universal and targeted programmes and sessions, focusing on building strong family foundations, promoting self-esteem, developing support networks, enabling positive parenting and child development and promoting improved health and well-being. Over the years, the organisation has continued to grow and expand its service provision across the local area and currently delivers a dedicated Family Support Programme that focuses on the health and well-being of local families.
Aberlour Child Care Trust
At Aberlour, we believe that all children deserve to flourish. We are there for children, young people and families across Scotland, helping transform lives for the better.
Our services are tailored to help each child, young person or family to be the very best they can be. We support them to overcome significant challenges like growing up in and leaving care, living with a disability and dealing with the impact of drugs and alcohol on family life.
Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s national dementia charity. Our aim is to make sure nobody faces dementia alone.
Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s national dementia charity. Our aim is to make sure nobody faces dementia alone. We provide support and information to people with dementia, their carers and families, we campaign for the rights of people with dementia and fund vital dementia research.
We have Dementia Resource Centres in 21 different locations across Scotland. Those centres provide a safe and friendly environment for people with dementia and their carers to visit and take part in a wide variety of activity groups.
We are very proud of our 24 hour Freephone Dementia Helpline which provides information and emotional support to people with dementia, carers, families, friends and professionals.
There is a network of Dementia Advisors employed by Alzheimer Scotland who work in local communities to support people with a diagnosis by giving advice and information.
We have over 9,000 members, over 90,000 Dementia Friends and we are supported by over 1,000 volunteers. We employ around 550 full and part-time staff, mainly in our service-provision projects across Scotland.
Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.
Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call.
Since we launched in January 2015 5,440,677 volunteers have signed up to assist blind and low-vision users. Be My Eyes users can request assistance in over 180 languages making the app the biggest online community for blind and low-vision people as well as one of the largest micro-volunteering platforms in the world! Every day, volunteers sign onto Be My Eyes to lend their sight to blind and low-vision individuals to tackle challenges and solve problems together.
The Be My Eyes story started in Denmark in 2012 with Hans Jørgen Wiberg, a Danish furniture craftsman, who is visually impaired himself. Through his work at ‘The Danish Association of the Blind’, he recognized that blind or low-vision people often needed a little assistance to solve everyday tasks. However, it wasn’t until a blind friend told him that he used video calls to connect with family and friends, who could help him with these tasks, that Hans Jørgen got the idea for Be My Eyes. He believed that the technology of video calls could be used to visually assist blind or low-vision individuals, without them having to rely on friends and family, but using a network of volunteers.
In April 2012, Hans Jørgen presented his idea at a Danish startup event, where he got connected with a team that was ready to make Be My Eyes a reality. On January 15th 2015, the Be My Eyes app was released for iOS, and within 24 hours the app had more than 10,000 users. Since the release of the iOS app, an Android version has been in high demand. The Android version was finally released on October 5th 2017. In December 2017 Be My Eyes was chosen as Google Play Best Apps of 2017 in the categories; “Most Innovative”, “Best Daily Helper” and “Best Hidden Gem”, and in May 2018 Be My Eyes won the Google Play Award 2018 for “Best Accessibility Award”.
In February 2018, the feature Specialized Help was launched with Microsoft as first partner company. Specialized Help enables blind and low-vision users to connect with official company representatives for accessible and efficient customer support. Be My Eyes now offers a variety of corporate solutions besides Specialized Help, including Be My Eyes for Work, Corporate Volunteering, Be My Eyes Experiences and Be My Eyes Careers.
Big Noise Govanhill
Sistema Scotland is a charity on a mission to create permanent social change in some of the most deprived communities in Scotland.
We use participation in our Big Noise orchestra programmes to change lives by fostering confidence, discipline, teamwork, pride and aspiration in the children and young people taking part. This enables the children and young people to reach their full potential, and lead successful and fulfilled lives. This philosophy has a knock on effect for their families and the wider community in general.
Our teams provide an intensive orchestral programme for school-age children and young people. We use a variety of immersive music teaching methods delivered during school time, after school and during the school holidays. We also provide opportunities for growth such as trips and residentials. Regular performances help to keep the wider community as involved as possible. There is no charge for the tuition, instruments, healthy snacks, trips and t-shirts.
Altogether there are more than 2,500 children and young people engaging regularly with the three established Sistema Scotland centres. In addition to the Big Noise orchestras attended by children up to 11 hours each week, we run Baby Noise and Adult Noise programmes which enable the Sistema Scotland family to reach as many as possible in the communities where we are based.
Big Noise Govanhill was established in 2013, and currently engages with almost 800 children.'
Why should I volunteer with Big Noise Govanhill?
We believe every child and young person deserves the same opportunity to succeed and so we provide free, immersive, instrumental music tuition to pupils and pre-school children. This leads to an enhanced ability to learn in school, improvements in emotional wellbeing, confidence and esteem, as well as the acquisition of a range of social and life skills. To achieve this, volunteers are vital for our Big Noise Centre in Govanhill. You can become a positive role model in their lives and someone they look forward to spending time with. It’s really rewarding work where you will see children grow into proud young people with a sense of accomplishment
Chest Heart & Stroke
We are Scotland’s health charity supporting people and their families across Scotland with chest, heart and stroke conditions.
Who we are
We are Scotland’s health charity supporting people and their families across Scotland with chest, heart and stroke conditions. We want to make sure life living with a chest or heart condition or after a stroke is a life lived to the full. We will fight for better health for everyone and work to make sure there is help and support in every community.
What we do
We provide vital services to support people and their families who are living with effects of serious chest and heart conditions and stroke. Our services are focused on making sure everyone in Scotland gets the care and support they need, when and where they need it. To ensure we reach more people, we will double our income, double the number of our volunteers and double the amount of people we support through our services. These services include rehabilitation support, specialist nurses, community groups, advice and information. Find out more here.
We have a new research strategy that will fund new research projects to continue the fight against chest, heart and stroke conditions and to improve the treatment, rehabilitation and long-term support of anyone affected by our conditions.
We also work hard to fight for better health services for people in Scotland. Find out about our campaigns and how you can make a difference.
Help us to ensure no life is half lived in Scotland. Join Clan CHSS and support us to fight for better health in Scotland.
Our vision is to transform young lives through the power of character mentoring. We work with schools and families to help young people unlock their potential, flourish in all areas of their lives, an
Since our humble beginnings in 1994 we’ve been empowering young people to take charge of their lives and futures, guiding them to develop emotional wellbeing, form healthy relationships, become socially engaged, and feel empowered to make a positive difference in the world.
Working in partnership with schools and parents. We recruit, train and support volunteers to work as mentors for children and young people aged 8 to 12. We offer personalised, intensive and holistic character mentoring. We believe that everyone has control over their own character and can grow in strengths of the heart, mind and will.
To do this, our curriculum helps young people develop in seven key areas. At first we focus on the foundations: self-knowledge, a growth mindset and goal-setting. As young people set off to build character, they begin with reflecting on who they are and who they would like to be, identifying their strengths and growth areas. They then learn what having a growth mindset looks like and how to set and fulfil goals effectively. This includes setting SMART goals, and an effective strategy called WOOP!
After the foundations are set, our curriculum centres on building four key character traits discussed in relation to human flourishing and success since the times of Classical Greek Philosophy: resilience, self-control, good judgement and fairness. We discuss all of these using a variety of examples, and young people set personal goals around them.
Code Your Future
Code Your Future (CYF) is a UK based non-profit organisation that trains refugees, asylum seekers and other disadvantaged people to become web developers and find work in the tech industry.
We believe in a future where everyone has a real opportunity to lead a thriving life.
CodeYourFuture (CYF) is a UK based non-profit organisation that trains refugees and other disadvantaged people to become web developers and helps them to find work in the tech industry.
CYF students are trained in full-stack web development by professional volunteers developers from the industry, putting a strong emphasis on collaboration and product development through tech projects.
CYF graduates work in companies like FT, BBC, STV, Ticketmaster and startups like Adzuna, Sensible Object, tlr and WeGotPop.
- We believe in creating a supportive family where everyone belongs
- Everything we do, we do with kindness and respect
- We believe in the equality of all voices
- We firmly believe that through challenge, people can achieve their best
- We empower our students and volunteers, and they represent us
- Everything we do creates a real impact in the world
Our Working Principles
- Empower volunteers through defined roles & responsibilities
- Events and classes with agendas and with assigned leaders running different sections
- Create interactive events that encourage the participation of all students and attendees
- Ensure interaction with students and attendees in smaller groups to promote collaboration and discussion
- Encourage feedback from all students and attendees after every event
- Create social spaces where people can meet and socialise - discussions are essential in any class or event
We work with communities and individuals so that they can realise their potential and become integrated more quickly. Our focus is on asylum seeker and refugee communities.
We use our range of experiences and expertise to support individuals, communities, and organisations to develop skills, systems, and services. We support isolated communities and individuals, working with community-based organisations, the voluntary sector and local authorities.
Our approach is to help developing groups and organisations to put their own ideas into action. Our activiities focus on joint projects building towards rights-based integration.
We recruit and train volunteers so they can get involved by working alongside us on our various projects. It is a great opportunity that develops skills and improves employability.
We create and run projects which address the needs of minority groups. These initiatives help us reach out to the poeple within the community.
We conduct research into issues which affect people's access to services, rights, or opportunities, particularly action research with researchers from the community.
Our mission is to improve the quality of democratic elections, by advising those who legislate for, administer and oversee elections, to enhance them for the benefit of voters.
We aim to do this by attending elections and empirically reporting our findings in an accessible way through statistical analysis and interlocutor meetings to support this objective. We do this through a strong methodology, based on the international standards for election observation as set out by OSCE/ODIHR and others.
We maintain strict impartiality and require our observers to abide by UK and international standards, as well as the relevant local legal framework, when acting as our observers.
We aim to report on our observations in a constructive and encouraging way to benefit the delivery of democracy and to benefit the electorate as a whole.
A key objective for Democracy Volunteers and our international partners is to campaign for better access for election observers to all elections. A key element of this strategy is persuading all OSCE member states to abide by their treaty commitments.
A student-run initiative supported by the Adam Smith Business School, helping older people become confident in using the internet and making them feel less isolated.
DIGIGALLUS CONNECT - IMPROVING DIGITAL INCLUSION IN GLASGOW
DigiGallus Connect is a University of Glasgow student-led project which addresses COVID-19 related isolation and loneliness through improving digital connectedness. A volunteer-run student organisation, DigiGallus Connect promotes digital inclusion in the community through the power of intergenerational relations.
The project was established by students at the Adam Smith Business School in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was developed with the aim of assisting vulnerable and older people, specifically within the over 50’s population, who have limited access to internet and digital services.
Being?digitally excluded?can exacerbate social and economic exclusion. Digital inclusion rates tend to be the lowest amongst the elderly population with over half of non-internet users being over the age of 75 and 49% of non-internet users being classified as some of the most deprived in society, according to the Good Things Foundation.
Keeping Glasgow connected
The pandemic has fundamentally shifted our way of interacting with one another, with the vast majority of social interactions going virtual. Students at the Adam Smith Business School aware that COVID-19 had the potential to exacerbate isolation and loneliness amongst older people in Glasgow were keen to use their skills and knowledge to help address this. The challenge would also give them the opportunity to develop their skills and gain experience of intergenerational communication and collaboration.
DigiGallus Connect is developing and running an intergenerational mentoring programme to increase digital accessibility and confidence amongst the over 50’s population in Glasgow. This programme will help support a key component of the Glasgow City Council’s strategy to improve digital inclusion and participation of older people in their ‘Digital Glasgow Strategy’.
The initiative aims to establish 100 mentee-mentor relationships with mentors supporting their member of the community in learning how to send emails, make online video calls, increase internet usage and ensure safe online browsing.
Professor Kathleen Riach, responsible and sustainable management lead at the Business School has been supporting the students. She said: “The ingenuity, entrepreneurial spirit and social conscience which the students have shown here is phenomenal. Their summer plans have changed with many furloughed from jobs or having their internships and work experience cancelled, and they’ve turned it into a positive learning experience that significantly benefits both them and their local community at the same time. "
DigiGallus Connect will provide access to a personal device, one to one mentoring and home-based internet access for those who are unable to access internet resources. Des McNulty, Assistant Vice Principal, Economic Development and Civic Engagement comments, “As part of the University’s commitment to help close the digital divide in the city of Glasgow, the student run DigiGallus Connect project will?distribute internet-connected devices to elderly residents, with management students providing digital literacy and free technology training to those that most need it – an example of one generation supporting another."?
We believe that people who are homeless and socially excluded have something to offer. We encourage people to use their skills to change themselves – and change the world!
We believe that people who are homeless and socially excluded have something to offer. We encourage people to use their skills to change themselves – and change the world!
The Emmaus community in Glasgow opened in 2006 and now operates a residential community of 27 former homeless men and women (“companions”) and a recycling/reuse business with two retail charity shops – Partick and Hamiltonhill in Glasgow.
We work closely with other organisations in the area to support those people who are homeless or trapped by poverty and to help them to develop skills and self-respect through working and contributing.
As well as working for the community business, companions are supported in whatever way they need to address the issues that have brought them into Emmaus, and encouraged to look outside themselves, working in projects to help others in the neighbourhood, and much further afield.
Emmaus offers homeless people a place where they can feel safe and secure, where they can enjoy companionship and the support of a community.
Each person has his or her own comfortable room, whilst living and working in the community. Everyone is accepted for who they are now, not judged on what they might have been. There are no conditions as to length of stay: a person can stay for as long as they need.
Above all, Emmaus is a way out of the humiliation of homelessness; a way that offers hope, care and a future.
Emmaus Communities offer these people much more than just food or shelter. We provide a lasting solution that restores self- esteem and confidence.
We work with people with learning disabilities, their carers, and other supporters to ensure people with learning disabilities in and around Glasgow have the best possible opportunities.
Who we are
ENABLE Glasgow is a membership organisation, working with people with learning disabilities, their carers, and other supporters to ensure people with learning disabilities in and around Glasgow have the best possible opportunities to get the most from life.
We do this by providing a range of services that reflect the needs and aspirations of the people who use them. We don’t aim to become a large service provider – rather, we help develop services that our members tell us they want and need.
Another key part of our work is to support our members and supporters to campaign on issues that affect them, locally and nationally. We provide information and advice, and a forum through which people with learning disabilities and their carers can find mutual support.
ENABLE Glasgow prides itself on being an organisation that is directly controlled by its members, supporting people to have a direct role in the services they rely on. We are also part of the national ENABLE Scotland network.
What we believe
- We believe that everyone with a learning disability should be able to have a say in designing and running the services they need, even if they can’t always speak for themselves.
- We believe that everyone with a learning disability is different and services that suit one person won’t necessarily suit others.
- We believe that the best services are services which let the people who use them have a direct say over how they are run.
- We believe that people with learning disabilities having a decent, safe, and fulfilling life is a basic human right, and that how any society respects this right is a reflection of how it respects human rights in general.
What We Do
ENABLE Glasgow runs a range of services, including supported living (with both intensive and less intensive support), training for work, opportunities to make an economic contribution to the community, and social support.
We also provide a range of social opportunities for people with learning disabilities, and host forums through which they can have a say in the issues that are important to them. We provide support services to carers, as well as supporting our members to campaign on a wide variety of issues. We have almost 400 members, and provide direct services to more than 200 people. Please check out the rest of our site for more details.
Equal Futures promotes social inclusion for people with a learning disability and autism spectrum disorder in Scotland.
Equal Futures is a charity which was founded by a group of parents with a relative with a learning disability or autism spectrum disorder. We refer to these individuals as our focus people, and due to the unique viewpoint of our founders as parents, we are committed to supporting the family as a whole. Just like our founders, we want to support adults aged 16 and over with a learning disability or autism spectrum disorder to lead a good quality of life.
Many families feel isolated; unsure where to ask for help.
Most people with a learning disability will have social care services to provide support for daily living. But there is often a lack of understanding in these services that people want more than this.
Equal Futures was created to support families. We can build short-term Smart Circles of Support or self-sustaining lifelong Circles of Support around individuals and their families.
Everyone wants friends too – this is where Equal Futures can help.
We recognise the importance of social connections for a good quality of life. Consequently, we offer 1-to-1 befriending for people with a learning disability or autism. This involves matching the focus person with an adult volunteer befriender. The befriender will then accompany the focus person to activities, clubs, and events in their local community, where they can make social connections.
We also offer regular social events for our focus people and their families. Social events are supported by our volunteers and emphasise our welcoming Equal Futures Community in which everyone can feel a sense of belonging.
We provide support for people aged 16 and over and work across 10 local authority areas: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Perthshire, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire.
We do not require a formal diagnosis of a learning disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder as we know this can be a difficult process for families.
Since 1995, Food Train has been making daily life easier for older people, providing vital services to those who are no longer able to manage independently.
Who We Are and What We Do
Food Train is a registered charity, voluntary organisation and social enterprise. Since 1995 Food Train has been making daily life easier for older people, providing vital services to those who are no longer able to manage independently, through age, ill health, frailty or disability.
Food Train makes hundreds of grocery deliveries every week, ensuring those most in need have access to fresh groceries. Teams of dedicated local volunteers across the regions also go that extra mile by helping with household jobs, delivering books through our library service and providing much needed friendly social contact and meals through our Meal Makers and befriending services.
Following 15 years of successfully supporting older people throughout Dumfries and Galloway, in 2010, Food Train embarked on our ambitious project to make our services available to older people in other parts of Scotland. With support from the Scottish Government, Community Food and Health Scotland and the relevant health and social care partnerships, we are delighted that Food Train services are now available in many more areas.
In order to fulfil our vision for all older people in Scotland, we endeavour, in partnership with our public and independent sector partners, to continue growing and expanding our services and support for older people to enable them to eat well, live well and age well at home.
Friends of Victoria Park
As Friends of Victoria Park we want to make sure it’s well cared for and improved at a time when the budget for parks is under severe pressure.
Victoria Park is one of the largest and finest parks in Glasgow. Located in the west of Glasgow, Victoria Park was officially opened on 2nd July 1887 and has been providing the local community with a place to explore and relax for over 100 years. As Friends of Victoria Park we want to make sure it’s well cared for and improved at a time when the budget for parks is under severe pressure. We keep in close touch with Glasgow City Council to highlight maintenance issues. We seek funding to make improvements for example for new play equipment.
For girls aged 10 to 14, Guides challenge themselves and make a difference in their community.
With guiding girls have fun, adventure and the space to discover their potential
They go to their first ever sleepover, canoe on rivers, learn about body confidence, and lead their own camp. Or sometimes they simply have fun and try new things with friends.
Girls take what they do in guiding with them as they grow up. Everything from working in a team, to taking the lead, to speaking out on issues they care about. It helps them develop the skills and confidence to become the young women they want to be. And to make a difference to the world around them.
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust is a charity that works to rescue, repair, restore and rehabilitate historic buildings at risk across the city.
Established in 1982
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust (GBPT) was established in 1982 as a charitable trust to rescue, repair, restore and rehabilitate significant, historic buildings at risk across the city. The retention of our historic built environment is pivotal to our sense of place and contributes to making Glasgow a beautiful and vibrant place to live, work and visit. Without the Trust’s interventions many fine buildings and landmarks would have been lost.
In 1990, GBPT, with the Scottish Civic Trust, launched Glasgow’s first Doors Open Day, which has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the highlights of Glasgow’s events calendar.
GBPT aspires to be an exemplary Building Preservation Trust (BPT) that delivers high-quality, sustainable conservation projects which contribute to the regeneration of Glasgow’s built environment. We are one of the largest and most productive BPTs in the UK, with 4 members of staff and multiple projects underway at any one time. Over the last 30 years we have undertaken a wide range of work to help repair, enhance and promote Glasgow’s built heritage.
- To rescue, repair and restore buildings of architectural and historic merit in Glasgow
- To participate in the wider urban regeneration of the city
- To encourage the use of traditional building skills and materials
- To provide exemplars of best practice in building conservation and design
- To work in partnership with local communities and key stakeholders
- To increase awareness and participation in Glasgow’s built environment by delivering the city’s annual Doors Open Days event
Often referred to as ‘developers of the last resort’, BPTs acquire, repair and find appropriate new uses for buildings which no-one else is willing or able to take on. We can access charitable and public funding unavailable to local authorities and commercial developers in order to deliver projects which drive social and economic regeneration. In particular GBPT can offer;
- An excellent track record of delivering successful projects – 12 major building projects to date
- Expertise in assembling increasingly complex funding packages
- Experience of developing strong partnerships and community involvement
- The pursuit of high standards of best-practice conservation combined with high-quality contemporary design
- Professional and dedicated Staff Team and experienced Board of Directors
GBPT was formerly known as the Bridgegate Trust, established in 1982 to take on the redundant Briggait Fish Market which at the time had been threatened with demolition. This Category A-listed building described as ‘Scotland’s most important surviving market halls’ (Historic Scotland) was successfully saved, and for a period operated as a speciality shopping centre, but a long-term viable reuse was actively sought for two decades. Between 2001-09 the building was successfully converted by the Wasps Studios to the award-winning artists’ studios and cultural centre.
In 1991, the Bridgegate Trust became Glasgow Building Preservation Trust. Over the years, with the continued support of Glasgow City Council, through revenue and capital funding and the consistent support of funders such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and the Architectural Heritage Fund, our activities have expanded significantly and there is growing demand for our services. ?
Glasgow City Council
Glasgow City Council is Scotland's largest local authority and delivers services to citizens, business and visitors.
Glasgow East Women's Aid
Our aim is the eradication of all forms of abuse towards women, children and young people and the structures that perpetuate them.
What we do
We provide initial intervention & give information on services, legal rights, housing issues, benefit advice and on issues of concern for women, children and young people. We signpost to specialist agencies and provide support to women to facilitate access to services.
We provide one to one counselling, support and refuge if needed. Any woman can get support whether or not accommodation is needed.
We also run support groups for women who are currently being or have been abused by their partner or ex-partner. Support groups are self help groups which meet on a regular basis to enable women to recover from their experiences of abuse.
As well as providing direct services for women, children and young people, GEWA works with a wide range of partners, including health services, the police, social work services, education, housing providers and voluntary organisations, to provide a safer, more resource effective response to survivors of domestic abuse through both multi-agency work and training provision.
Glasgow Eco Trust
Glasgow Eco Trust facilitates and empowers local people to come together to make improvements to their local community for the benefit of all.
Who We Are
We are a local environmental charity and social enterprise based in west Glasgow that coordinates and delivers a range of environmental activities and services.
We make a difference by facilitating and empowering local people in many different ways to be more eco-friendly including:
- to donate unwanted bikes and access affordable reused bikes;
- to walk and cycle more;
- to maintain and improve community spaces and community gardens;
- to come together to take action;
- to help people and communities to thrive;
- to use and develop their skills through volunteering and
- to improve their resilience and physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Glasgow Eco Trust delivers environmental activities and services across a range of Key Work Areas, many in partnership with other organisations, in order to protect and enhance the local environment and increase the wellbeing and resilience of local people and communities that we work with.
Our Vision is of vibrant, thriving and resilient communities where people are inspired and empowered to get active, get involved and make a difference for their communities, future generations and the planet.
Our Mission is to protect and enhance the local environment and to increase the wellbeing and resilience of local of local people and communities.
Our current strategic objectives are to:
- Protect and enhance the local environment
- Increase the wellbeing and resilience of local people and communities
- Be an excellent organisation that delivers high quality services and added value to the people and communities we serve
And our charitable and company objectives are the:
- Advancement of education
- Advancement of citizenship or community development
- Provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities
- Advancement of environmental protection or improvement
- Relief of those in need
- Promote, operate and/or support other charitable projects and initiatives
Our Operational Area
Glasgow Eco Trust is based in west Glasgow and covers the neighbourhoods of Yoker, Scotstoun, Knightswood, Whiteinch, Thornwood, Broomhill and Jordanhill.
This area covers the seven community councils listed above and two electoral wards - Ward 13 Garscadden Scotstounhill and Ward 12 Victoria Park - and has a population of approximately 50,000 people.
We undertake work outwith these areas however this is usually in partnership with a range of other great organisations from across Glasgow and beyond.
Glasgow Flower Gardens
We are always looking for volunteers to help - no gardening experience necessary. Get involved, and help us make Glasgow blooming beautiful!
Glasgow Flower Gardens is a community run project, made up of local people with a wide range of ages and backgrounds. We presently have sites across Glasgow's West End, and grow mainly Scottish flowers, cutting out 'flower miles' to introduce unusual and beautiful flowers for volunteers, charities, and the general public.
Our flower focus is on unique and traditionally Scottish blooms, especially ones with a scent.
Are you interested in growing plants? Do you want to learn new skills and get to know others living in your community? Whether your skills are in gardening, IT, accountancy, marketing, or if you are just keen to get involved, let us know your level of experience, when you are available to volunteer, and how you would like to help!
The Glasgow Guardian is an award-winning student volunteer newspaper at the University of Glasgow, independently informing its students since 1932.
The Glasgow Guardian is the multi-award-winning independent newspaper of Glasgow University, and one of the oldest student publications to exist. We publish print editions monthly, and we’ve broken stories that have caught the attention of national press, politicians, and activists, and are made up of a thriving base of talented writers, editors and reporters.
From news coverage to opinion pieces to music reviews to sports commentary, The Glasgow Guardian covers it all. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and check out our social media pages on Facebook (@TheGlasgowGuardian), Instagram (@theglasgowguardian), and Twitter (@glasgowguardian). The paper has an estimated readership of 100,000, and we have a following of approx. 10,000 on Twitter and 5,000+ on Facebook.
All contributors, including the editors, are completely unpaid, yet extremely hardworking, volunteers that will continue to put Glasgow’s students first.
Working on behalf of national blood cancer charity, Anthony Nolan, we are part of the student-run branch of the UK's largest stem cell register.
We're Glasgow Marrow, and we save the lives of people with blood cancer. Working on behalf of national blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, we are part of the student-run branch of the UK's largest stem cell register. We recruit new potential donors to the stem cell register, in the hope they will one day be a match for someone in need of a lifesaving stem cell transplant. We run events across Glasgow and in 2018/19 we signed up over 750 new donors. We also run regular fundraising events to raise vital funds to allow Anthony Nolan to carry out its lifesaving work.
Glasgow Riding for the Disabled Association
RDA Glasgow is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through the provision of hose riding and carriage driving.
What we do
Every year, RDA Glasgow Group provides equine therapy to around 400 children and adults with disabilities from across the Greater Glasgow area. We provide 36 hours of riding and carriage driving sessions per week and rely on the help of over 100 volunteers to deliver our service.
Why we do it
Balancing on a horse works thousands of muscles, and the horse’s movement mimics a walking pattern in the muscles of the rider, which provides a highly effective form of physiotherapy. It also offers psychological benefits. This combination of physical and psychological benefits makes equine therapy appropriate for a very wide range of disabilities, from autism and Asperger’s to cerebral palsy, visual or hearing impairments to learning disabilities.
Starting life in Bearsden as The St Mungo Group of the RDA in 1967, the Group became the Glasgow Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association in 1987, moving to a purpose-built facility in the Summerston area of Glasgow. A member group of the national Riding for the Disabled Association, we are dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities across Greater Glasgow through the provision of opportunities for riding and carriage driving.
The centre was officially opened in 1988 by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the Riding for the Disabled Association. The purpose-built facilities include stabling for 20 horses, indoor and outdoor arenas, tea bar, office, meeting room and accommodation for the yard staff.
We cater for riders with all types of disability, from the age of three upwards, providing access to the physical and psychological benefits that riding can offer.
The aim of our classes is to teach to new skills and foster independence by encouraging riders to take charge of their horse. Riding takes place in small classes indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. Our activities allow riders to experience the physical, sensory and psychological benefits that riding offers, which in turn helps to increase confidence and self-esteem.
Glasgow Students' Nightline
A confidential telephone, text, and online listening and information service run by trained student volunteers, for the students at Glasgow University, Glasgow Caledonian & Strathclyde University.
Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run by and for students of Glasgow, Strathclyde, and Caledonian Universities. We offer both information and support throughout the night from 7pm to 12am midnight, and we aim to be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during term-time.
You can contact us using our online chat for just about anything, whether you have a personal or academic worry that is affecting your life, a question about how to find your exam timetables, or simply a listening ear.
Glasgow Students' Nightline is a member of the national Nightline Association. This ensures that our Nightline is operating according to best practice as decided on by the Nightline Association, mental health professionals, legal advisors, the Samaritans, and the Helplines Partnership.
We will not ask you for any details about yourself and we do not disclose information about ourselves or other Nightline volunteers.
Anything you call about will be kept completely private within the organisation, with the exception of calls relating to acts of terrorism and in certain circumstances related to harm and safeguarding situations.
We treat every call and every caller the same, putting aside any personal opinions or prejudices. We accept you without judgement.
We will not tell you how to solve a problem or give you advice. We are there to listen and help callers in exploring their own emotions, situations and options. Callers decide what they want to talk about and we will give you a safe space to do this.
Nightline gives the caller space to make their own decision, and supports them in this rather than telling them what to do.
We strive to support callers and our fellow volunteers at all times
Glasgow University Environmental Task Force (GUETF)
Lend a hand for your local community, help the global neighbourhood...
Glasgow University Environmental Task Force launched in early 2019 and is a student-led, staff-supported initiative that works alongside our local residents, helping make Glasgow a greener, cleaner place for everyone.
We work in partnership with local community groups, taking part in activities such as litter-picking and tree planting.
Glasgow University Female Engineers (FemEng)
FemEng is a network aimed at empowering women in the School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow.
The group has a number of focuses including outreach work with schools, networking events with industry professionals, social activities, workshops, and international collaborations.
FemEng also successfully pioneered ‘FemEng in Rwanda’, the University’s first student-led learning project in collaboration with the University of Rwanda. This initiative brought together women studying STEM subjects at both universities with the common goal of encouraging more high school girls in Rwanda to pursue further education in the field of STEM. This has lead to the introduction and planning of a future project ‘FemEng in Malawi’ which was launched in 2020 and aims to reach the same levels of success as the previous trips to Rwanda.
Glasgow University Magazine (GUM)
Student-run magazine at the University of Glasgow
Fancy putting your creative juices to use, and getting involved in the world of student journalism? We are always looking for new contributors at GUM, so if you have any interest in writing or photography, please apply!
We pride ourselves on writing about issues that will engage, entertain and challenge students.
Our articles cover a multitude of topics and styles, from personal essays, columns, and think pieces, to political commentary and pop culture. If you have an idea, we'd love to hear from you! We also make sure to include Glasgow-specific articles, including reviews of venues in Glasgow. The design of GUM has consistently been of the highest quality. We experiment with ideas, and the result is a fresh, interesting read.
Glasgow University Service to the Homeless (GUSH)
GUSH work with Glasgow's community to support the city's homeless.
Glasgow University Service to the Homeless (GUSH) is a long-established, student-led initiative. GUSH offers students the opportunity to work in partnership with Glasgow's community, to support the city's homeless. Every Wednesday and Saturday night, small teams of students travel to the same city centre location and - working in collaboration with Emmaus Glasgow (Wednesdays) and a local Mosque (Saturdays) - GUSH provides free sandwiches, tea, coffee and biscuits to anyone who wants or needs.
Why volunteer with GUSH?
This project offers you a great way to get involved with your community, to work alongside like-minded peers, and meet the residents and neighbours of your city. You'll also have the chance to become a shift leader - any volunteer can take on this role, once you've gained appropriate experience - with added organising and leadership responsibilities. This volunteering opportunity is also Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) eligible, meaning it is a certified, extra-curricular activity which can be recognised on your transcript when you graduate.
What do I do next?
First, register on the volunteering database - the one you're on now! - find GUSH and sign up to the volunteering opportunity. After that, we recommend you 'follow' GUSH as a volunteering provider - and any others you're interested in - which means you'll be automatically alerted to any new volunteering the provider creates or offers. Thereafter, you'll need to attend GUSH training - run once a semester, twice a year - which is mandatory for new volunteers. Shifts are then allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Glasgow University Student Television (GUST)
Founded in 1964, GUST is the oldest student-run television station in the world.
Glasgow University Students' Representative Council
Glasgow University Students' Representative Council is an independent, student-led organisation, recognised as the representative body for students registered at the University of Glasgow.
Glasgow University Students' Representative Council exists to promote the interests of students to the University and beyond, alongside providing a range of support services as well as social and personal development opportunities.
The SRC's aims are grouped under three key headings:
Support and Well-being
Volunteering and Community
A team of up to 49 students are elected each year to represent UofG’s 33,000+ student population to the University including academic officers, student welfare officers, general representatives and four sabbatical officers who make up the executive.
Every class will elect at least one class representative to provide feedback on their course and learning experience to the University.
The SRC campaigns, challenges and lobbies on behalf of our students within the University and at national level.
Support and Well-being
The Advice Centre
A team of professional advice workers who provide free, confidential advice, information and advocacy on a vast range of subjects including accommodation, academic, well-being employment and financial issues.
The SRC runs a number of support and welfare events throughout the year including Black and LGBTQ+ History months, De-stress activities, a RAG week and many more.
GUSRC run The Welcome Point where you can go with any general questions on a range of subjects.
The second-hand book shop stocks a variety of up-to-date materials at low prices. Check the online stock database to see what’s available. Also check online for any COVID-related service updates.
Student Job Hub
The SRC also work with the University Careers Service to provide the Student Job Hub: your one-stop shop for finding part-time work.
For any Postgraduate students, you need to check out The Gilchrist Postgrad Club: a social space run exclusively for PG students by the SRC & UofG Food: featuring a café, regular events and a great bookable space.
Volunteering and Community
SRC Volunteering is a service provided for all students and offers you the chance to undertake a wide range of volunteering opportunities both on and off campus. The service provides a valuable link with and input into the local community. You can register online for their volunteer database and they will help you to find a volunteering opportunity that best suits you.
Clubs & Socs
The SRC supports over three hundred clubs and societies via affiliation. Societies offer the opportunity to meet like-minded students and gain useful skills. GUSRC also offers clubs financial support and advice, as well as guidance to students on setting up new societies. Find the full list of clubs online.
The SRC’s multi-award winning student media network includes a newspaper (The Glasgow Guardian), magazine (GUM), radio station (Subcity Radio) and television station (GUST). Whether enjoying their content or getting involved in production, student media at Glasgow is well worth checking out. All are free to join and participate in.
Glasgow University Veterinary Medical Association
GUVMA is a student-run association which serves as a governing body for the veterinary students of Glasgow University.
Who we are
Our aim is to provide a forum for our members to interact on a professional and social level. ?
What we do
Our association works with the veterinary school board to coordinate charity fundraisers, social events, and educational opportunities throughout the school's diverse body. The association supports and represents all of the students, clubs, and societies of Glasgow University's exceptional veterinary school. We are here to listen and take action!
Glasgow's Golden Generation
Glasgow's Golden Generation is Glasgow's leading charity for the elderly. We've been actively promoting activity and supporting the welfare of older adults in Glasgow for over 70 years.
The charity was founded in 1948 and has grown in stature since its inception. Over the past decade, there has been greater demand for care and support in later life and we have had to develop our services to meet this demand. Over the last few years, the charity has overhauled its work ethic to ensure it is best meeting the needs and demands of the older generation.
We manage three day centres across Glasgow and manage three befriending services, providing weekly clubs where volunteers provide a range of activities, outings, companionship, and refreshments. We also manage two charity shops in the west and south of Glasgow.
Govan Community Project
Based in Govan, we support the diverse communities in our local area and refugees and people seeking asylum all ?over Glasgow.
GCP works with individuals and families in the asylum and refugee community in Glasgow. Although based in Govan, we provide support to New Scots throughout Glasgow. We offer a range of services including advice & advocacy, food insecurity support, digital inclusion, community social groups, English classes and support community members to access a variety of informal learning and wellbeing activities, facilitating opportunities for community members to build new connections in the communities they are living in.
GOW Triangle Community
GOW Triangle Community was formed in 2001 to transform a residential backcourt garden and embrace environmental principles and practice.
GOW - What's in a Name?
GOW is the collective acronym for the Gibson Street, Otago Street and Westbank Quadrant 'triange community', so called, because the streets join to form a triangular backcourt. The group provides a fantastic example of what can be achieved when Glasgow West End residents put their heads together to transform an ugly and neglected backcourt into an attractive area they can be proud of.
A Brief History of GOW
Inspired by a one off clean up organised by students the GOW community group formed in 2001 as a response to local residents' wishes to tackle a host of problems. The main area they wanted to tackle was the backcourt, which like many other backcourts in Glasgow was very neglected.
Not only were the bin sheds were dilapidated and unsuited to modern levels of waste generation but chronic fly-tipping had resulted an accumulation of mounds of discarded rubbish.
The backcourt was pretty unsavoury as along with the overspill from the bin sheds came unwanted guests in the form of rats. Another hazard was discarded needles from drug users who bedded down in basement areas alongside dumped household appliances, baths and mattresses.
All in all, the GOW triangle was a forbidding and ugly area.
In 2000, a group of students from 97 Otago Street decided to have a clean up and posted around notes inviting residents to come along and help. Armed with heavy-duty black bags donated by Glasgow City Council, they and other residents made some inroads into the dreadful mess, filling a huge number of bags.
GOW community group tentatively formed in late 2001 and in February 2002 had their first public meeting held in an empty local shop. The aim was to find out what the residents wanted from the backcourt and to find out what was possible.
New Dawn...later that year
With the assistance of Kelvin Clyde Greenspace, both in terms of practical help (cutting back of overgrown trees and bushes) and advice (how to obtain funding, a bank account and organise GOW etc.), the group gained confidence in realising a backcourt intended to be used by all, not just abused by a few.
A survey and consultation report was produced identifying and prioritising the problems faced and the desires of the residents for improvement of the communal space.
Some of the main items on the GOW residents' wish list included :
- A solution to the overflowing bin sheds
- Some landscaping of the existing 'flowerbeds' and a 'green space' to enjoy
- A more secure and better lit area to prevent bin raking and non-residents using the area
The opportunity to recycle
Other backcourts in the city faced similar problems to GOW and as a result of an initiative taken by Kelvin Clyde Greenspace an umbrella body was formed in 2003. This was the Sustainable Backcourt Initiative (SBI) which included five Housing Associations as well as GOW residents Group. In addition to identifying common problems and engaging with Council Services in an effort to solve them, SBI obtained funding to commission a feasibility study for 4 backcourts in the City. This included GOW which is privately owned whilst the others provide predominantly social housing.
In 2005, City Design Cooperative, a landscape architect and urban design practice won the tender to produce the feasibility study with costings for the renovation of the 4 backcourts.
At the SBI Conference held in October 2004 to present the findings of that study the initiative came to the attention of the Scottish Executive Tenemental Recycling Group. Glasgow City Council was included in this pilot and the SBI backcourts were also incorporated in the Glasgow scheme using the now familiar blue bins.
The pilot ran for the 2005-6 financial year and in addition to physical renovation and improvements there was a community approach to encourage residents to recycle a range of items so diverting them from landfill. Delays in planning permission until late 2005 caused some problem for researchers but all the demolition, reconstruction, landscaping and clean-up work was completed by March 2006 and the scheme proved to be viable.
GOW is an amazing example of what can be created through community involvement, dedication and hard work.
Glasgow University Students' Representative Council (GUSRC)
Inclusive Homework Club
The Inclusive Homework Club was founded in 2018 to create an educational support hub for people with learning difficulties and from disadvantaged backgrounds in mind.
The Inclusive Homework Club was founded in 2018 to create an educational support hub for people with learning difficulties and from disadvantaged backgrounds in mind. Since then, the impact of the IHC has continued to grow and officially received charity status on the 22nd of June 2020. The Club is currently being ran by Firdaus Ahmed and is funded by BEMIS, the Endrick Trust and the St. Nicholas Care Fund.
We work with teachers at primary and secondary schools in Glasgow. Teachers refer young people to our Inclusive Homework Club programme to receive extra support. Parents and carers can also contact us directly if they feel their child would benefit from additional help.
Our team of volunteer tutors provide literacy and numeracy support to students in one-to-one and group sessions. The support not only helps children succeed academically, it also helps them to build confidence and reach their potential. It's heartwarming to see the smiles on children and young people's faces as their confidence grows.?
Educational support from school and at home is often not enough, especially for children that require additional support. Our mission is to tackle barriers to learning and ensure every child receives the individualized learning support they need to reach their full potential.
We dream of a world where every child gets the same educational opportunities.
IntoUniversity provides local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve.
At each local centre IntoUniversity offers an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration.
Kiltwalks are mass participation walking events that raise much-needed funds for Scottish charities and projects.
Kiltwalkers can raise funds for any charity of their choice and thanks to the generosity of Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation, all funds raised will be topped up by 50%*.
Since 2016, our Kiltwalk Heroes have raised £19 million and The Hunter Foundation have added £10 million – that’s a total of £29 million for over 2,600 charities.
*The fundraising top up limit for 2022 runs from 1st January 2022 to 31st December 2022 and is £5000 per walker or donor. This is a cumulative limit for all Kiltwalk events in the above period. All fundraising top ups are subject to deadlines and Trustee approval.
Language4Water is a student-volunteer run society/project where we train non-professional native or bilingual speakers to teach their own languages.
Language4Water is a student-volunteer run society/project where we train non-professional native or bilingual speakers to teach their own languages. Like other 4Water projects, 100% of our profits are donated to WaterAid. Currently, we are focusing our resources on a region in Madagascar and plan to raise a further £100,000 for these communities over the next two years. A comprehensive training is provided to our volunteers, including guidance on how to effectively teach online, how to create an entertaining curriculum for a class of students and how to find resources when preparing for a class.
At Lingo Flamingo our mission is to promote well-being, improve cognitive health and enable life-long learning by being the leading provider of accessible language learning services.
Beginning in 2015, Lingo Flamingo marries a love of languages with a desire to promote life long learning and a personal quest to make language learning accessible for all and improve the lives of those living with dementia.
Our raison d’être can be best seen through our stimulating language classes for older adults and those living with dementia. These unique classes take into account the medical, physical, and mental health of learners in order to employ the senses, keep the brain active, build confidence, and foster connections between participants. We've worked with individuals of all ages and at all stages of dementia diagnosis, and in so doing have improved their decision-making and multi-tasking skills, and heightened their ability to concentrate and communicate. In this way, we use foreign languages as a vehicle to empower older adults in care homes, day centres, and communities across Scotland.
To date, we have taught over 1000 students, encompassing an array of ages, locations, and abilities. Due to the inherent diversity within our classes, no two sets of students are the same, yet using our very own vivid and accessible workbooks, the first of their kind in the world, we ensure consistency, and manage to include memory tips, nostalgic references, historical anecdotes, and linguists cues throughout. Such prompts sit alongside features that have been designed to evoke senses, with exercises including music, touch, scent, feel, and taste. In this way our classes serve to ease older adults back into learning, an important factor given some participants may not have been in such an environment for many decades. Indeed, this transition back into learning is key to our mission as a whole, as we seek to transform education more widely by demonstrating that it is never too late to learn something new, to show that life long learning is truly that, learning for the whole of life.
Key to our wider mission of ensuring life long learning is truly that, learning for the whole of life, is guaranteeing that languages are as accessible as possible. We do this in a number of ways:
- By creating a laid-back, natural learning environment, where students feel comfortable connecting with classmates, trying new things, and even making mistakes. This relaxed environment is particularly important in the UK where many of us may have had bad experiences of language learning at school or feel that learning a language is something uniquely difficult or only suited to a certain kind of person or those of a particular age.
- We make learning accessible by ensuring lessons are interactive and immersive, using a variety of techniques that have been designed to evoke senses, with exercises including music, touch, scent, feel, and taste. These sensory activities mean that classes are fun and that learning is absorbed more organically.
These core values therefore run through everything we do: immersive, fun, accessible, sensory, not-for-profit.
Excitingly, from late 2018 we will be putting these values into a new venture: our very first Language Nest!
The Language Nest
We still be using the same sensory, stimulating techniques to make classes fun and accessible. And we also continue to emphasise the health benefits and show that language learning can be for everyone. What’s more, we offer a wider range of languages to choose from, with more likely to be added in the future.
Most importantly, all the money that is raised through the Language Nest is put towards care home classes. That’s to say, each and every penny of surplus revenue is used to cross-subsidise classes for older adults and those living with dementia across Scotland. As such, we see the Nest not only as a way to change perceptions of language learning, but as means to expand our social impact and reach a greater number of people living with dementia. It also means that any student joining our flock will not only gain from the benefits of language learning, but can feel good about having created a positive effect on society. Everyone’s a winner.
We exist to support Glasgow families, to make life easier, and reduce the financial and environmental impact of raising children.
We exist to support Glasgow families, to make life easier, and reduce the financial and environmental impact of raising children.
We are a social enterprise and registered charity. Our aims are threefold; to save families money by stocking great children’s goods at low prices, to support families in need with free goods and to provide a supportive space and events programme for families.
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NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s purpose is to deliver effective and high quality health services.
Who we are, what we do
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s purpose is to:
“Deliver effective and high quality health services, to act to improve the health of our population and to do everything we can to address the wider social determinants of health which cause health inequalities."
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) is one of 14 regional NHS Boards in Scotland.
The Board provides strategic leadership and performance management for the entire local NHS system in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and ensures that services are delivered effectively and efficiently. Responsible for the provision and management of the whole range of health services in this area including hospitals and General Practice, NHSGGC works alongside partnership organisations including Local Authorities and the voluntary sector. NHSGGC serves a population of 1.14 million and employs around 39,000 staff – it is the largest NHS organisation in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK
Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable.
Volunteers are the heartbeat of our movement to end poverty around the world. Volunteer in an Oxfam shop and you'll join a powerful movement of people united by one goal - an end to poverty, for everyone. Window dressing, serving customers, organising pop up shop events, sorting donations, managing our social media - we need people for all kinds of roles. And you'll join a friendly team at the heart of your community.
A non-profit organisation registered that matches conflict-affected individuals with personal tutors for 12-16 week sessions conducted via Skype and other video conferencing platforms.
In the summer of 2013, Bailey Ulbricht spent two months volunteering in Reyhanli, Turkey, a small town on the Turkish-Syrian border, where she met dozens of young college-aged Syrian students desperate to complete their university degrees despite the conflict in Syria. She began Skyping a few of them to help them practice English, and soon, other young Syrian refugees were reaching out to her to request English lessons. Bailey realized she could ask people in her network to volunteer tutoring, and found 10 tutors from her alma mater, Carleton College, to join her in the first Paper Airplanes English language program in June 2014.
Paper Airplanes continued to grow, and in December 2016, Paper Airplanes received official nonprofit status in the United States. In January 2017, the team expanded to include 25 staff members, and as of June 2019 we have an active staff of 20+, many of whom are former students and tutors.
OUR MISSION IS TO ENABLE LEARNING CONTINUITY
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), only 1% of refugee youth attend university, compared to 34% of youth around the world. Paper Airplanes helps these students complete their education, while also empowering them with skills for gainful employment.
We believe in the power of the internet to transform educational access for those who need it most. We focus on the skills learners need to access future training, employment, and higher education in their country of residence or abroad. Through live and personalized instruction, we further hope to break down politicized cultural barriers and encourage cross-cultural understanding. We know that by fostering personal relationships, mentoring goes beyond the virtual classroom into the lives of both our tutors as well as our learners.
English is the most common language in the world for university-level instruction and is a common requirement for most universities around the world. Proficiency in English provides higher earning potential for conflict-affected youth and adults, and opens doors for further education and experiential learning through skills training programs—like our own—which are often taught in English. Host country languages can eliminate barriers to public education, institutional support, and employment. English and key host country languages can provide access to remote employment or the labor market outside of the region.
In countries where formal education is inaccessible because of cost, language, or legal barriers, skills like coding and computer literacy help individuals affected by conflict to find employment opportunities. By working in these technical fields, individuals help fill job gaps in countries like Turkey and Lebanon and often have the option for remote work or flexible hours.
Playlist for Life
We want everyone with dementia to have a unique, personal playlist, and everyone who loves or cares for them to know how to use it.
Playlist for Life is a charity founded in 2013 by writer and broadcaster, Sally Magnusson, after the death of her mother, Mamie, who had dementia. We want everyone with dementia to have a unique, personal playlist, and everyone who loves or cares for them to know how to use it. More than 20 years of scientific research shows that listening to a personal paylist can make living with dementia easier and happier. Building a personal playlist means exploring someone's lifestory, to gather the tunes that are most deeply attached to memories and emotions. The soundtrack of your life.
Why should I volunteer with Playlist for Life?
Volunteer, and become part of the movement that is changing lives through the power of playlists. 850,000 people are living now with dementia in the UK, but do not know that something as simple as a personal playlist ccould make life easier and happier. Help us raise awareness and reach people in your local area!
Project Scotland helps young people aged 16 to 30 get on in life through volunteering with a local charity in Scotland.
WHO WE ARE
We’re passionate about young people and believe in their ability to positively transform both their own lives and those of the people around them. That is why, since 2005, we have been supporting young people to develop their confidence and skills to move into employment, training or education.
WHAT WE DO
We provide a personal plan for each young person. This includes a volunteer placement with a local charity and one-to-one mentoring, as well as ongoing support from a member of our team. And when we say ‘ongoing support’, we mean it! We are there for our young people, every step of the way, even after a volunteer placement comes to an end. Because of that, 78% of our volunteers continue on to something better.
WHY WE DO IT
The problems faced by Scotland’s young people are becoming more and more complex. They often have a range of barriers stopping them from realising their potential. We enable young people to be a force for good through volunteering, while gaining work experience and an opportunity to develop themselves. Our charity partners get additional skills, talents and enthusiasm. We enable young people to be a stronger part of their local communities and give something back.
Our aim is to enable the existing community in extending the friendly welcome that Glasgow is world renowned for.
Refuweegee was set up by Selina Hales in December 2015 to provide a warm welcome to forcibly displaced people arriving in Glasgow. As a result of the amazing response from people in Glasgow and beyond, we have provided over 10,000 community-built, personal welcome packs and emergency support packs to people all over Glasgow and across Scotland.
Our aim is to enable the existing community in extending the friendly welcome that Glasgow is world renowned for*. We do this through our welcome packs, our events and our volunteer opportunities. We try to provide everyone who wishes to get involved with an opportunity to do so; be it through writing a letter, donating essential items, joining us at an event or fundraising.
We work with multiple organisations around Scotland, from our partners who distribute welcome packs through to schools and community organisations looking to do something similar in their area. We love hearing from other individuals, organisations, groups and projects and collaborating wherever we can on the very simple objective of making the world a nicer place to live.
*roughguides.com World's friendliest city
GU Basketball Club's Social Outreach Program reaches out to young, vulnerable children and teenagers in the wider community of Glasgow, using basketball as a means of facilitating their development.
Our players and coaches volunteer each week to deliver basketball sessions to secondary pupils from deprived areas of Glasgow. In 2019/20, our Govan School of Basketball initiative was introduced to Govan High School and its neighbouring primary schools in the south side of Glasgow. It's a five year program, constructed to increase basketball participation and foster children's potential from primary to their last years of secondary school.
By giving these children the chance to learn a new sport at such a young age, we provide them with an opportunity to grow, learn, and be inspired to achieve more. This is especially salient in our targeted schools, where dropout rates are hgih and many pupils have little plans to further themselves academically or in a vocational setting. We aim to use basketball as a means to get adolescents to stay off the streets, and encourage them to be engaged in something positive. Our program also helps to develop the invaluable skills that come from participation in sports, such as commitment, work ethic, team work, and social skills.
If you are interested in becoming a part of Rising Stars, we'd love to hear from you!
Safe in Scotland
We provide safe, dignified accommodation and trauma-informed support for people experiencing asylum related destitution. Formerly Glasgow Night Shelter.
We are the main provider of emergency and temporary accommodation in Scotland and have been preventing homelessness in this community since 2011.
Glasgow is the UK’s biggest asylum dispersal area and it has been a hugely welcoming city. Unfortunately, the simple truth is that there isn't enough accommodation and what there is doesn't meet the needs of those who need it. At any given time we estimate that there are about 200 people in need of accommodation, stripped of their dignity, and forced into rough sleeping and other survival decisions.
Learn more about our work to design-out destitution and build a safer, more dignified alternative for people seeking asylum.
Shelter. Safety. Support.
Save the Children
We support children to learn, grow, and become who they want to be.
Scouting gives young people aged between 6 and 25 years old the opportunity to discover just what they can do and what they can achieve.
Scouting gives young people aged between 6 and 25 years old the opportunity to discover just what they can do and what they can achieve. From spending their first night away from home to planning an international expedition, the unique experiences Scouts of all ages enjoy help them to realise their full potential and set them up with skills for life.
Sexpression: Glasgow is the local branch of nationwide charity Sexpression:UK.
Sexpression:Glasgow is the Glasgow branch of nation-wide charity Sexpression:UK.
We are a near-peer, non-profit charity with the goal of empowering young people to make decisions about relationships and sex.
Our society provides free informal and comprehensive Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) workshops to the community as we believe that young people should be able to access reliable information about relationships, sex, gender and sexuality. We aim for a society in which youth are free from STIs and unwanted pregnancy and where they are empowered to make individual and informed decisions regarding their bodies and health. Our near-peer teaching encourages young people to participate in discussions about sex and relationships and ensures that their individual beliefs are respected.
We welcome and train volunteers one to two times a year (at the beginning of each semester), everyone is welcome to join as long as they are a registered university student.
Simon Community Scotland
We are Scotland's largest provider of homelessness services, with outreach and residential services across Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, and Central Scotland.
A place for everyone
Every day we help make good things happen for people facing extremely difficult circumstances. We’re here to provide consistent, friendly and informed support so that people can explore options and take the next step towards a positive future.
People are at the heart of who we are and what we do.
Our vision is for everyone to have a safe place to live with access to the help they need. We support adults and young people who are homeless and sleeping rough by providing them with emergency shelter as well as homes in the community.
We work with people so that they can resolve their homelessness as quickly as possible. We maintain contact with people – in diverse circumstances – so that we can help them address the underlying reasons for their homelessness and get the support they need, recover and thrive.
Everything we do is about and for people.
By working and learning together we can drive impact and change person to person – to transform everyone’s experience of homelessness in Scotland.
Starter Packs Glasgow
We provide packs of essential items to anybody experiencing poverty, often after being homeless, fleeing domestic situations, moving on from the forces, prison, or care.
Starter Packs Glasgow have been helping individuals and families across Greater Glasgow for the last 21 years. We provide over 60 items in our packs such as crockery, kettle, toaster, pots, pans, bedding, towels, toiletries and cleaning products. They are available by referral to anybody experiencing poverty, often after being homeless, fleeing domestic situations, moving on from the forces, prison or care. Our packs help empower people to build a new life with dignity, ease their financial burden, and alleviate poverty and the mental and physical ill health that can be caused by it. They allow people to settle into their new home more quickly, reducing the chances of having to leave the tenancy – helping to break the cycle of homelessness.
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland / COP26 Coalition
Be part of the team that brings climate justice to COP26.
Student Action for Refugees Glasgow (STAR)
We are part of nationwide charity that enables students to support refugees in the UK and worldwide.
STAR (Student Action for Refugees) is the national network of students building a more understanding and just society where refugees are welcomed and can thrive in the UK.
Our student groups based in colleges and universities and a central team of experts, work together at a number of levels to bring about lasting change. We:
- Volunteer locally working directly with refugees, building understanding and connections
- Campaign nationally for policy change and equal access to higher education for refugees
- Learn about refugee protection and the asylum journey in the UK with experts and peers
In 2019-20, we:
- Supported 53 STAR groups across 39 towns and cities.
- Worked in partnership with SolidarityNow to support the establishment of student-led groups at Greek universities.
- Responded to 300 support requests from prospective students with a refugee or asylum-seeking background.
- Supported universities with scholarship development, including the launch of nine new scholarships.
Our vision is a society where refugees are welcomed and can thrive as equal members of the community.
In 1992, students at the University of Nottingham were inspired by the idea of a society that welcomed refugees – so they decided to create one. Andy Davies (then a politics student, now Channel 4 home affairs correspondent) approached the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, pitching the idea of a network of student societies aimed at supporting refugees.
Andy was asked to set up a pilot scheme, and in 1994, the first STAR group was set up, with support from UNHCR and the British Refugee Council. Then-social policy student Elly Hargreave became a co-founder of STAR, growing the movement with groups in London and Edinburgh established by 1996.
Elly went on to found STAR as a registered charity in 1999 to support a national network of students campaigning, volunteering, and learning together. In 2008, the launch of our Equal Access campaign marked the start of our work improving pathways into higher education for refugees. Today, our network of informed and committed students bring about lasting change by volunteering locally with refugees, campaigning nationally for policy change, and learning about refugee protection in the UK with experts and peers.
Subcity Radio is the student radio station based at the University of Glasgow
Subcity Radio is an independent, non-profit station based in Glasgow and broadcasting to the world.
We provide a platform to creative individuals to create forward-thinking radio content. Over 200 contributors make up our community, they are editorially independent and follow no set playlist, all content is their own.
The station was founded in 1995 as an alternative to the options on the FM dial in Glasgow, following an American freeform college radio format. The station went online in 2003, and the last FM broadcast was in 2009. Today the station continues to aim for unique content that is free from commercial restraints. We keep our ears to the ground and our heads in the clouds.
Register and apply via our volunteering database if you’d like to get involved!
Keep up to date with opportunities to get involved, for events news, and for station updates, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For direct enquiries, please use the contacts listed below. Subcity Radio is based at the University of Glasgow and is supported by Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council.
Surge runs projects to develop street arts, physical theatre and circus in Scotland.
Surge runs projects to develop street arts, physical theatre and circus in Scotland. We work with artists, performance companies and educators at all levels of experience. SURGE Festival is our annual festival of Physical Theatre, Street Arts and Circus and takes place each summer and brings new Scottish work and cutting edge international performances to the streets, theatres and unusual spaces of Glasgow.
The Conservation Volunteers
We bring people together to create, improve and care for green spaces.
We are The Conservation Volunteers
We bring people together to create, improve and care for green spaces. From local parks and community gardens to Local Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest; from school grounds and hospital grounds to waterways, wetlands and woodlands; we connect people to the green spaces that form a vital part of any healthy, happy community.
Our team of dedicated, passionate staff and volunteers work with communities across England, Northern Ireland and Scotland and, through our Community Network, we support local community groups across the UK.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
We're Guide Dogs, and we're here to help people with sight loss live the life they choose.
Our ambition is a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support they need to live
The Marie Trust
The Marie Trust has been responding to the complex and often challenging needs of people affected by homelessness, poverty, and social exclusion since 2009.
We place primary value on respecting the dignity of every person who uses our services and aim to help them improve their quality of life in a more resourceful, fulfilling, and sustainable manner.
We deliver a wide range of services specifically aimed at supporting homeless or at-risk individuals to access the immediate support they need but most importantly offering routes out of homelessness.
The No.1 Befriending Agency
Help us reach our target and support socially isolated and lonely people to be connected and improve their mental health and wellbeing through befriending.
We are a social enterprise registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC).
Our mission is to promote fullness of life and reduce loneliness and isolation through friendship and companionship. We work mostly in Glasgow, although we sometimes provide services throughout Scotland.
We operate a befriending service that is free to the user with the help of our amazing volunteers. We also run The No.1 Care Agency, a bespoke person-centred care service with the help of our team of trained and friendly carers.
Our vision is to create connections and build confidence in and through the people we work with.
University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow is a public research university in Glasgow, Scotland.
Volunteer Tutors Organisation
We provide support for children who experience difficulties with their education.
Who we are…
Education is the most powerful way of improving people’s lives. The VTO believes that that all children should have access to educational support, irrespective of family circumstances.
We recruit, train, place, resource and support volunteer tutors, to give one-to-one educational help and guidance to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
We believe that one-to-one interaction with an adult away from the classroom is an effective mechanism of supporting children’s education.
What we do…
The VTO tailors its activities to individual needs and objectives, so that support is specifically focused on each pupil’s problem areas. By assisting those children who need help with their schoolwork, but whose parents/carers cannot afford private tutoring, the aim is improvement in their educational attainment. The relatively informal, but dedicated individual support provided by the VTO has been found to be very effective.
The VTO is now in a position to build on its experience and develop a comprehensive approach focusing on the areas of greatest need, the areas of our towns and cities where the greatest attainment gap exists.
“The most important thing about the VTO is that you do not need to be an education specialist to get involved. The organisation was set up, from the very beginning, to train and support ordinary people who want to do something very practical to support children. Find out how you can become a volunteer as a tutor.
We help people who need support with HIV, hepatitis C and sexual health across Scotland.
Whether you're living with or affected by these conditions, no one should face HIV or hepatitis C alone. And we want to make talking about and taking care of your sexual health a part of everyday life.
First established in 1989, our many services have grown over the years to incorporate support groups, one-to-one mentoring, social outings, education sessions, and workshops to name just a few. Find out more about the support and advice we offer here.
Through our work, we're also:
Women in STEM Society (WiSTEM)
The Women in STEM (WiSTEM) society here at Glasgow is a student-led society for students of any degree who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
We are here to promote, support and celebrate Women in STEM!
We aim to connect women in all areas of STEM through socials, academic events and outreach events. We hold panel debates, networking days and workshops to develop our members’ skills. These events allow for the stories and opinions of women in this sector to be heard and inspire our members.
We host workshop days with schools in Glasgow (typically primary or lower secondary years), where our members can run fun & engaging activities to share their passion for their subject with young students who might not have previously thought about a future in STEM. We hope that through these, we can keep encouraging young women into STEM careers & break stereotypes in the industry!
Although next year might be slightly different due to ‘rona, we have plenty of ideas and ways to continue with our events safely, and to keep helping our members boost their CVs and maintain the WiSTEM community :)
Woodlands Community Development Trust
Woodlands Community Development Trust is a community-led charity working to achieve lasting benefits for the Woodlands area of Glasgow.
Woodlands Community is a Development Trust, a charitable organisation that aims to improve the
Woodlands area of Glasgow and the lives of local people.
We achieve this through community-led activity and partnership with both local and national organisations.
We have a small team of paid staff, but most of the people who are involved in Woodlands Community are volunteers who give their time and energy to make a difference to their local community.
Our Board of Directors are local residents and are responsible for making strategic decisions about where we focus our activity to achieve the best results for Woodlands. They also ensure that the organisation and its finances are well managed.
Youth Community Support Agency
YCSA works to overcome the barriers that hold Black and Minority Ethnic young people back and provides a range of social, educational and therapeutic services to support and empower young people.
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