One of Glasgow Credit Union’s key social goals is to have a positive impact within the communities in which we operate. Giving Glasgow is our charitable fund which helps improve our communities through donations to local charities and good causes.
In our 2017/18 financial year, we donated over £21,000 to 40 worthwhile causes throughout the city and we’re encouraging all members to help us by nominating organisations that you think could benefit from a donation.
We welcome nominations from everyone living or working in a ‘G’ postcode.
Nominating is simple, just download and complete our application form and return to us by post or email (email@example.com). Applications are reviewed monthly.
Here are just a few charities and good causes that have already benefited from Giving Glasgow:
Minerva Youth Theatre
Minerva Youth Theatre was recently donated £500 from Giving Glasgow. This musical theatre is run by volunteers and the funds will help to tackle financial exclusion by helping to keep the memberships fees affordable.
Little Dynamo’s Soccer School
Giving Glasgow has recently donated £300 to Little Dynamo’s Soccer School. The funds will be used to buy local community football school aim to provide training to young children which will allow the children to make friends and improve their social skills, confidence and fitness levels.
Hilltop Nursery recently received a donation of £500 from Giving Glasgow. The funds will be used to improve their outdoor area making it available for the children to enjoy in all weathers.
Aberlour Children’s Charity
The Aberlour Children’s Charity helps young people and their families to overcome significant challenges like living with a disability and dealing with the impact of drugs and alcohol on family life.
They received a donation of £1000 from Giving Glasgow.
Scottish Autism is a charity that exists to help those diagnosed with autism to lead full enriched lives and increase their skills and confidence. Part of their work involves providing weekly therapy workshops delivered by trained therapists in their Glasgow service and the donation will be used to cover the cost of this.
They received a £500 donation from Giving Glasgow.
Saint Thomas’ (Little Angels)
A £500 donation was made to Saint Thomas’ (Little Angels) start-up parent and toddler project in Riddrie. The funds will be used to buy equipment and materials needed to get the project off the ground.
The aim of the group is to give parents, grandparents and carers much-needed community support, while providing a stimulating environment for pre-school children – through play sessions, music and arts & crafts.
Maryhill Mobile Children’s Services
Maryhill Mobile Children’s Services is a charity that supports a large number of vulnerable families throughout the north of Glasgow. The organisation aims to reduce social exclusion and help develop more responsible citizens, by providing advice and support to children as they transition to secondary school.
They received a £500 donation from Giving Glasgow.
Charlie Miller Football Academy
We recently visited The Charlie Miller Football Academy to present them with a £500 donation from Giving Glasgow. The funds will be used to help ensure that club subs don’t increase – thereby relieving financial pressure on families, and to buy essential equipment, such as goals, bibs, balls and cones.
The charity runs out of Toryglen, and provides football to over 100 children aged between 4 and 17.
Give A Dog A Bone
The Give A Dog a Bone charity supports the over 60s population to reduce loneliness through canine and social companionship. Their new project ‘Companionship in the Community’ is based in Shawlands and provides a social space and free activities where people can make new friends and learn new skills.
They received a £750 donation from Giving Glasgow.
Save Our Service Veterans Scotland
Save Our Service Veterans Scotland is a grassroots organisation, based in Glasgow. It aims to reduce isolation and loneliness and promotes positive health and wellbeing amongst service veterans, the local community and people affected by mental health issues.
The £750 Giving Glasgow donation will be used to help them continue to provide football and gardening activities.
Gingerbread East End out of school care
Gingerbread East End recently received a donation of £500 from Giving Glasgow.
The charity operates 52 weeks of the year, supporting and helping single parents and families to build a brighter future for themselves and their families in the east end of Glasgow.
The donation will be used to help provide an outdoor planting area for the children to learn about growing their own vegetables.
Glasgow Riding for the Disabled
The Glasgow Riding for the Disabled Association received a £500 donation from Giving Glasgow.
The group provides horse riding lessons to over 400 adults and children with physical and psychological disabilities.
As well as increased mobility and coordination, the lessons also improve users confidence and self-esteem.
Acquire Choral Ensemble
Acquire recently received a donation of £750 from Giving Glasgow.
Acquire is a choral ensemble in the East End of Glasgow which aims to help Scottish singers learn and grow musically, regardless of life circumstances. The donation will be used to subsidise or fully sponsor membership fees where necessary.
Glasgow’s Golden Generation
Glasgow’s Golden Generation is an organisation that supports older people by providing lunch clubs, activities and entertainment in 3 locations throughout Glasgow.
They received a £750 donation from Giving Glasgow and will use this to help introduce new activities at their 100+ weekly clubs.
Shettleston Men’s Shed
Shettleston Men’s Shed is a charity that helps men alleviate potential isolation or loneliness caused by the loss of a partner. The club includes a workshop, craft room and computer hub.
The Men’s Shed is located in the East End of Glasgow. The membership has grown from the original 6 members in 2014 to over 60 members in 2018. Men come from all walks of life and represent an exceptionally wide range of life skills and professional abilities.
Their £500 donation will be used to cover ongoing costs and keep the charity running.
The group attracts people of all ages and encourages them to get involved in their community through gardening. They plan to use the funds to assist with the upkeep of communal equipment and help pay for their annual open day and community BBQ.
Giving Glasgow donated £750 to Church House in the East End of Glasgow.
The organisation helps young people and their families by providing a range of recreational activities and informal education to improve life chances.
They’ll use the donation to enhance their summer programme with outdoor activities.
The hall provides a variety of activities and workshops for the local community, including music groups, pensioners’ groups, kids clubs, parent and toddler groups, and a cafe.
The donation will be used to purchase new equipment to deliver seasonal activity programmes – helping to bring local people together.
Achieve More Scotland
Giving Glasgow awarded £500 to Achieve More Scotland, a charity providing young people with a range of activities aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour. They work with over 2,500 children throughout Glasgow every week!
The donation will be used to buy outfits and equipment for their gymnastics club, which is taking part in a competition later this month. Toni Crawford, who helps run the club, is pictured receiving the cheque.
Young Parents’ Support Base
We recently donated £500 to Young Parents’ Support Base (YPSB) through Giving Glasgow.
The YPSB supports young parents (up to age 19) in Glasgow to continue with school and further education. The donation will be used towards their holiday programme which encourages families to learn and play and whilst making memories with their child.
The charity provides social, recreational, educational and physical activities to hundreds of people in the north east of Glasgow. Each summer they take up to 30 local primary school children on a residential retreat. The donation will be used to help cover this cost.
Beechwood Nursery School
Beechwood Nursery School received a donation of £250 towards an outdoor educational water play area and wellies for the children.
A section of the playground will be transformed into a stimulating outdoor learning environment where children learn scientific skills in a real context.
Project 31 is an innovative, Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) which seeks to enrich the experiences of children and their families.
They do this by engaging them in high quality, appropriate play and recreational activities which promote their right to freely participate in cultural life and the arts and support the strengthening of community and family connections.
Giving Glasgow awarded £650 to Project 31 to allow them to purchase outdoor cooking equipment.
Tuesday Friendship Club
The Tuesday Friendship Club is a weekly social event for adults with learning disabilities and additional support needs. The club runs 48 weeks of the year for people to enjoy bingo, discos, buffets, raffles and live acts.
Giving Glasgow recently donated £500 which will help expand the club and buy a new karaoke machine.
Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre
Bobath Scotland received a donation of £1,524 from Giving Glasgow, which will be used to create a holiday group for children with cerebral palsy who use alternative communications, such as symbol books, signing and electronic devices.
Bobath therapy can make a real difference to children with cerebral palsy as they navigate the challenges of school, home and community with a lifelong disability. The sessions will bring together children with similar needs, helping them to fulfil their potential to communicate and participate fully in education and social settings.
Elmvale Nursery received £500 from Giving Glasgow. The donation will be used to rejuvenate a safe outdoor space for the children to play, which was sadly vandalised last year.
The new equipment will help support outdoor learning which provides relevance and depth to the curriculum in ways that are difficult to achieve indoors.
The Carers Hub is a new service for carers in the east end of Glasgow, launched in May 2016. They provide a variety of services and activities which aim to build capacity, reduce isolation, improve carers’ health & wellbeing physically and emotionally, and reduce their levels of stress.
Faifley Art Group
We donated £200 to Faifley Art Group, a group of leisure artists which formed in 1988. The group’s aim is to develop skills in the form of educational visits, professional tuition and informal help from other group members.
The group’s main aim is to reduce social isolation for members, many of whom are pensioners and live alone. For those with health issues, volunteers collect them so they are not excluded from any events taking place.
Boswell AFC is an amateur football club which currently plays in the Greater Glasgow Amateur Football League.
The team is made up of young players in Glasgow, many who come from low-income or unemployed families.
The club benefited from a £500 donation from Giving Glasgow which will be used to help subsidise club fees, ensuring players who are struggling financially won’t be excluded.
Crimestoppers Scotland is an independent charity, dedicated to fighting crime across Scotland. They provide a service that enables members of the public to give information anonymously about crime or criminals. They work in communities where people are experiencing crime issues, ranging from drug dealing to domestic abuse.
The Fearless Youth Programme provides 11 to 16 year-olds an anonymous way to pass on information related to crime and provides free educational resources to schools and youth groups.
Southern Sound Hospital radio
Southern Sound Hospital Radio is another charity to receive a donation from Giving Glasgow. The donation will be used to purchase a new computer server, allowing volunteers to continue broadcasting to the patients and staff of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
The hospital radio plays an important role, both therapeutically and environmentally, to patient’s well-being and recovery.
Seen here receiving the donation are Southern Sound Hospital Radio Treasurer, Graeme Harkins, and Chairman, Graham Clark (seated).
The football club is based in Govan and works with over 200 children aged between 18 months to 16 years old.
They plan to use the donation to purchase some much needed new training equipment, which they hope will help encourage even more children to join the club and become active.
Glasgow Soup is a crowd-funded initiative which hosts events where local people pitch ideas that benefit the community. The donation of £1,047 will help towards hosting their next event.
Emma Soanes, CEO of Unity (the Scottish Charity who run Glasgow Soup) stated: “We are very proud to host the third Glasgow Soup event, continuing its journey and helping the community support local projects. Glasgow Soup happens thanks to the collective efforts of a dedicated team, supported this year by a generous donation from our friends at Glasgow Credit Union. This support is vital and will help us put on the best event yet! We encourage anyone who is passionate about the community to come along. Great people, inspiring pitches, delicious soup – and all for a fiver. What’s not to love?”
Sunnyside Primary School & Language Communication Unit
Sunnyside Primary School and Language Communication Unit recently received £1,000 from Giving Glasgow.
The donation will be used to create a new sensory room – a calming, quiet environment for pupils with autism to visit. Children in the mainstream setting will also have access to the room, supporting the health and wellbeing of all pupils.
Charlie in primary 5 was delighted to accept the cheque on behalf of the school!
Tower View Nursery
Yvonne Smith is pictured receiving a donation of £1,000 for Tower View Nursery.
The new nursery, located in Garthamlock, opened in January and has a capacity of 140.
The donation will be used to buy outdoor toys and equipment for their children, and fund resources for families to participate in their child’s healthy eating education.
Knightswood Football Club – 2009s squad
Here are some of Knightswood Football Club 2009s squad, looking very pleased to have received a £500 donation from Giving Glasgow!
Founded in 2013, the club now has over 100 players, both boys and girls, aged 5 – 17.
The club will use the money to pay for training kits for the players, as well as new equipment such as balls, cones and goals.
Pollok Children’s Centre
Pollok Children’s Centre is a nursery which provides education and care for children from birth until school entry date and is open 52 weeks of the year.
A donation of £500 will be used to help create a safe and engaging outdoor play area for the centre’s young children to enjoy.
Local volunteers assist around 2,000 clients each year and provide a quality-assured advice service for people struggling with a low income, dealing with unmanageable debt, facing eviction, experiencing ill-health or disability, or facing the loss of a job.
The donation will be used to further develop the skills and expertise of volunteers.
Oxgang Primary School
Pupils at Oxgang Primary School in Kirkintilloch were delighted with their Giving Glasgow donation of £500.
The donation will go towards the purchase of iPads to support teaching and learning across the school, specifically to support careers education, digital learning and pupil profiling.
They will also be used at the coding club and the homework club (both after school).
Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre
Reidvale Youth Hub, part of the Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre, received a Giving Glasgow donation of £824.
The hub runs a very popular basketball club in Dennistoun, which sees at least 25 young people aged 11-25 attend each week.
The donation will be used to fund the hire of the hall until March 2019.
St Roch’s Lunch Club
Clare O’Donnell is pictured receiving a Giving Glasgow donation of £300 towards St Roch’s Lunch Club in Royston.
The club, run by volunteers, supports older people in the community with various events helping to tackle social exclusion.
They will use the funds towards keeping the club operating and a taking its members on a day out.
The Physically Disabled Rehab Unit
The Physically Disabled Rehab Unit (PDRU) received a £2,000 donation from Giving Glasgow.
The PDRU is a purpose built unit in the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
The donation will be used to benefit patients and their families in numerous ways, including refurbishing the garden to improve accessibility for patients with mobility problems, and providing a relaxing space for families whilst they visit PDRU.
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