Welcome to Giving Glasgow

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 the past four years we have donated over £60,000 to worthy 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.

Nominate a good cause today!

Nominating is simple, just download and complete our application form and return to us by post or email (community@glasgowcu.com). Applications are reviewed monthly.

Here are just a few charities and good causes that have already benefited from Giving Glasgow:

Richmond’s Hope

Richmond’s Hope work with children and young people aged 4 to 18 years to help them understand how to deal with the death of someone close to them. The service in Glasgow is based in Ibrox Parish Church and uses therapeutic play to make it easier for the young people to be able to tell their story and work through memories, feelings and coping strategies for difficult grief days.

They received a £600 donation from Giving Glasgow.

The Halliday Foundation

The Halliday Foundation received a £1,000 donation from Giving Glasgow to help them provide seasonal food and household items to their service users. The charity works with rough sleepers and people who have previously been homeless and have not moved into a new tenancy.

Laurieston Day Nursery

The Laurieston Day Nursery, based in the Gorbals area, provide care to 70 children who live in an area of deprivation. As a result of the pandemic, they have noticed an increase in families struggling financially due to unemployment.

They received a £1,000 donation from Giving Glasgow to help support these families over the festive period by providing a Christmas gift for the children and a food hamper for their family.

Saltire Thistle FC

Giving Glasgow donated £500 to Saltire Thistle FC, a community football team, created 11 years ago for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The donation will not only allow Saltire Thistle to function efficiently during COVID-19, it will help them to continue to provide a safe and social space for the Glasgow LGBTQ+ community. With many people facing hardships in the current social and economic climate, Saltire Thistle provides an outlet in which people can not only keep fit and play the game they love, but also join a loving community which strives to bring people of all backgrounds together.

Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland

Giving Glasgow made a donation of £1,500 to Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland to help fund their Hospital to Home service, which provides practical and emotional support to vulnerable people post-discharge in the community, helping them to self-mange their condition.

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland is a charity that supports people and their families across Scotland with chest, heart, and stroke conditions. They provide vital services including rehabilitation support, specialist nurses, community groups, advice, and information.

Friends of Gartcosh

Formed in 2016 the group aims to be at the heart of the community and bring local people together. They are looking to create a community garden and £250 Giving Glasgow donation would be put towards purchasing garden equipment and tools for volunteers.

The finished community garden will provide a place where people of all ages can meet and socialise.

Milton Community Nursery

Milton Community Nursery are currently working collaboratively with their partners from Milton Community Garden. The initiative involves groups of children attending growing sessions where they learn about growing, planting, and cultivating fruit and vegetables.

Giving Glasgow donated £250 to the nursery to allow them to purchase waterproof clothing, boots, garden tools and seeds.

With Kids

Giving Glasgow made a donation of £1,000 to With Kids, a charity based in the east end of Glasgow.

The charity’s Christmas Tree Appeal, in association with The Forge shopping centre, aims to spread some much needed festive cheer to children and families most in need, by providing a gift, meal or shopping voucher.

CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer support charity for children and young people and their families.  They received a £2,000 donation from Giving Glasgow.

The donation will be used to help them provide places for four families to stay at Marion’s House, their Glasgow home from home located right next to the Royal Hospital for Children.

Govan Law Centre

Govan Law Centre is a free legal resource which undertakes expert advice, court and tribunal representation in Scotland. They use the law to challenge poverty, discrimination and disadvantage, specialising in housing, landlord and tenant, homelessness, welfare rights, money advice, social services,  consumer and debt.

The charity received a donation of £945.72 from Giving Glasgow to help them continue their vitally important and much needed work.

The Brunswick Centre

The Brunswick Centre is based in the north of Glasgow and has been at the heart of the community for over 80 years.  Their aim is to support, educate, and challenge barriers faced by disadvantaged and disengaged young people. In doing so, they aim to assist their service users to reach their full potential as responsible citizens who play an active role in community life.

The charity received a £300 donation from Giving Glasgow, which will benefit around 100 children that use their facilities.

2nd Clyde Scout Group

Giving Glasgow made a £400 donation to the 2nd Clyde Scout Group to help them purchase outdoor equipment.

Based in Moodiesburn, the group provides opportunities to develop life skills for around 55 young people from age 6 years upwards. A team of volunteer leaders and supporters work to provide a balanced programme which promotes teamworking, accepting challenges, working to achieve goals, and most importantly having fun!

Starter Packs Glasgow

Starter Packs Glasgow is a charity based in Govan that works to alleviate poverty across the city. They provide packs of essential household goods to those moving into a new tenancy, often after homelessness.

Items included in their ‘starter packs’ are the kind of things that many take for granted – things like bedding, pots and pans, crockery, small kitchen electrical items and cleaning supplies.

The charity received a £945.72 donation from Giving Glasgow.

Shelter Scotland

Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people each year. The Glasgow Community Hub is a one-stop-shop for anyone who is homeless, facing homelessness or needs advice about a housing related problem.

Due to COVID-19, they are not currently able to provide a face to face service, but a £1,000 donation from Giving Glasgow will enable them to continue to provide their helpline and online support service.

Refuweegee

Refuwegee is a local charity with a global mission, set up in December 2015 to provide a warm welcome to forcibly displaced people arriving in Glasgow.

They received a £500 donation from Giving Glasgow to help them continue to deliver emergency packages of food, toiletries and entertainment to families and individuals across the city.

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs is a national charity created in 2003 by families who came together to support each other. They support anyone concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use.

Since COVID-19 restrictions asking people to stay at home, they have seen a rise in alcohol and drug use, as more people are feeling lonely and isolated.

Giving Glasgow made a £500 donation, which will help support their bereavement services, youth projects, and their helpline which offers advice and links to local support.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie provides hands-on care and support for people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones in and around Glasgow. As well as nursing and medical care, they offer practical advice, emotional support, and a comprehensive telephone bereavement programme.

Their Glasgow community nurses support people living with any terminal illness to die peacefully at home, supported by the people that mean the most to them.

They received a £1,440 donation from Giving Glasgow. This will help them to continue to provide home-based overnight nursing support, bringing the expert care and comfort families need.

Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

Giving Glasgow donated £750 to the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, towards their patient art room facility. The art room provides families and carers with a sense of space and tranquillity to enable relaxation and gain a sense of control within themselves, something which is proven to improve mood, health, and wellbeing.

Kilbryde Hospice

Kilbryde Hospice exists to provide compassionate, specialist palliative care to people with life-limiting progressive illnesses and to their relatives and carers. It was established in 2001 to help tackle the lack of palliative care beds and it now provides day services, care-at-home and counselling services. Its main aim is to enable people to live life to the fullest.

They received a £500 donation from Giving Glasgow which will allow them to continue to offer their services.

Epilepsy Scotland

Giving Glasgow made a £500 donation to Epilepsy Scotland.

The charity offers a range of services across Scotland to help support people with epilepsy and their families.  Their aim is to help people better understand their condition and support them to make positive changes. They offer support remotely, one to one, and in groups.

St Andrew’s First Aid

St Andrew’s First Aid is Scotland’s dedicated first aid charity. Each year their volunteers donate more than 50,000 hours of time, teach lifesaving first aid to over 12,000 people, attend over 500 community talks & demos, provide first aid cover at 2,500+ events, and treat over 3,700 casualties.

They received a £500 donation from Giving Glasgow.

Rising Stars Nursery Crownpoint Road

When local, east end nursery, Rising Stars’ garden was recently vandalised, Glasgow Credit Union answered their call for help. They received a £200 donation from Giving Glasgow to allow them to buy plants and outdoor equipment to replace items that had been vandalised.

Thanks to our donation and support from the community and local businesses – the nursery garden in now back in action for their 62 nursery children.

Young Parents’ Support Base

The Young Parents’ Support Base (YPSB) helps young parents to say in school and go on to further education, by providing a range of support, including nursery provision. They work throughout Glasgow and as well as providing term-time support, they also provide holiday programmes.

They received a £500 donation from Giving Glasgow to help fund their holiday events and outings.

Real Life Options

Giving Glasgow donated £500 to Real Life Options to help them train volunteers who will help provide support to people living with a variety of learning disabilities.

The charity provides individual support packages including supported living models, outreach services, residential care homes, and respite care. Its primary role is to support people to live a life where they enjoy positive relationships, have a sense that they belong in a safe place they call home and are enabled to enjoy good health and wellbeing.

Eat Up St. Brides

Giving Glasgow donated £500 to Eat Up St. Brides, an initiative based in Cambuslang, which provides a free weekly hot meal to those in need. The scheme is run by volunteers and has operated since November 2017.

Due to lockdown and social distancing restrictions they had to halt their weekly meal service, but the donation from Giving Glasgow will allow them to restart when it is safe to do so.

DAWSUN

The Diaspora African Women’s Support Network (DAWSUN) is a Community Interest Company (CIC) based in the Gorbals. The group works on issues that affect families, communities, women, and children including child poverty and financial inclusion. Their service users are marginalised women, including those from black and minority ethnic groups, victims of domestic violence, single mothers and migrants.

They received a donation of £1,000 from Giving Glasgow and will use these funds to provide training sessions which will help build financial literacy and employability skills in their service users.

The Kind Kitchen

The COVID-19 crisis, and lockdown measures have had a massive impact on the catering industry. The Kind Kitchen’s mission is to serve the nation by providing fresh, healthy meals to people most in need, whilst mobilising the struggling independent catering sector.

Giving Glasgow donated £1,200 to the Kind Kitchen which will help them to provide 200 nutritious meals to vulnerable individuals.

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Care

The school uniform bank, operated by Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Care received a £300 donation from Giving Glasgow to help them purchase essential items such as vests, underwear and shoes. The organisation distributes new and pre-loved uniform items to families in need.

Molendinar Family Learning Centre

Giving Glasgow donated £1,596 to the Molendinar Family Learning Centre to help them buy iPads which will be used to improve the ICT skills of the parents of the children that attend the nursery.

The centre is based in the Blackhill area of Glasgow. By improving online learning and providing the ability to apply for jobs using the iPads, it is hoped that they will be able to make a positive impact on social and financial exclusion within the area.

Beatson Cancer Charity

Giving Glasgow donated £1,000 to the Beatson Cancer Charity to help them raise awareness and run a virtual ‘Off the Beatson Track’ event. Their yearly 10k family walk can’t take place due to COVID-19, but they are encouraging fundraisers to do their own walk to help support the charity.

Townhead Village Hall

Townhead Village Hall is a friendly and flexible base used by various community groups from Townhead and the surrounding area. A high percentage of their service users come from disadvantaged backgrounds and they rely on donations to run the centre.

They received a £500 donation which will be put towards a range of activities for the community, such as a friendship club where they provide lunch for those most in need.

Cerebral Palsy Scotland

Cerebral Palsy Scotland’s service users have been severely affected by the pandemic and the Glasgow based charity had to close its centre until safety equipment could be bought.

They received a £500 donation from Giving Glasgow to help them to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) which will allow their centre to reopen. This will allow their 140 service users and their families to participate in therapy sessions that help with loosening muscles for communication and mobility.

Adelphi Nursery

Giving Glasgow made a donation of £2,000 to the Gorbals based Adelphi Nursery to help them create a multi-cultural garden. They work with over 130 children and families from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and the garden will serve as a space to help bring the community together.

Many of the children that attend the nursery do not have access to outdoor space so the Adelphi Nursery garden will give them an opportunity to learn about gardening, growing vegetables and building relationships.

Glasgow Children’s Hospital Chairty

Every year, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity cares for thousands of children and young people who are treated at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children.

They received a £2,300 donation to help them provide financial hardship grants to families struggling to cover the cost of attending hospital appointments. Some of the funds will also be used to purchase activity packs for around 250 patients.

Children 1st

For many families and children, the pandemic has caused great stress in the form of financial worries and bereavement issues. Children 1st provides practical and emotional support to these families, helping children to recover from trauma and communities to build resilience.

The charity received a £1,000 donation from Giving Glasgow.

Golf in Society

Giving Glasgow donated £650 to Golf in Society, a charity that uses golf to support people living with Parkinson’s, dementia, strokes and mental health issues. Their service provides a sense of community to vulnerable and isolated people and their families.

They will use the donation to purchase equipment that will allow them to offer indoor sessions during bad weather.

St. Rochs Juniors Roch Talk

Roch Talk is an initiative set up by St. Rochs Juniors FC, to support people experiencing mental health issues. It provides a safe space for people from the Royston, Germiston, Provanmill, Blackhill and Barmulloch areas to get together and discuss mental health issues.

They received a £1,000 donation from Giving Glasgow which will be used towards building a memorial garden and improving the clubhouse to make it a more welcoming area for the Roch Talk service users.

Glasgow Night Shelter

Giving Glasgow donated £300 to the Glasgow Night Shelter to help them continue to serve their vulnerable service users. The charity provides hot meals, personal hygiene kits and overnight accommodation for destitute asylum seekers in Glasgow.

Glasgow’s No.1 Baby and Family Support Service

We donated £300 to Glasgow’s No.1 Baby & Family Support Service, a charity that provides clothes, shoes, toys, baby essentials and household goods for families in Glasgow who are in financial hardship or working poverty.

Royston Youth Action

Royston Youth Action is a charity based in the North East of Glasgow. Their mission is to encourage children and young adults to become active and responsible citizens by providing a range of social, educational, recreational and volunteering opportunities. During the pandemic, they have been distributing hot packed lunches and children’s activity packs to their service users, as well as providing online support. They received a £300 from Giving Glasgow, which will be used to provide emotional well-being packs to their young people.

Mel-Milaap Community Centre

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mel-Milaap has been distributing over 500 meals and essential household items to the elderly and vulnerable throughout Glasgow. Giving Glasgow donated £500 to the organisation to help them continue with their good work.

Glasgow Women’s Aid

Sadly, instances of domestic abuse have increased since lockdown and the work of Glasgow Women’s Aid has never been more important. The charity provides temporary refuge, support and information to women and their children who are experiencing domestic abuse. Giving Glasgow donated £300 which will help them continue to provide their services to those in need.

Achieve More Scotland

Achieve More, a charity that usually provides clubs and activities for young people throughout Glasgow, have been providing essential food bags to vulnerable families throughout the COVID-19 crisis. They received a £300 donation from Giving Glasgow to help them continue their good work.

Well-Fed Scotland CIC

Giving Glasgow donated £2,000 to Well-Fed Scotland CIC. The organisation helps to tackle social issues such as; food poverty and social isolation as well as enhancing the economic and social mobility of their community. The donation will help them continue to provide meals and food to the most vulnerable children and elderly Glasgow residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Glasgow Foodbank

Foodbank volunteers are working tirelessly to make sure that no one goes hungry during the coronavirus pandemic. Just prior to lockdown, our Community Engagement Officer delivered some much-needed supplies to a local food bank. Where possible, please consider helping those in need in your community – donations are needed now more than ever.

Wednesday Legends

Giving Glasgow donated £947.50 to Wednesday Legends, a local group for adults with learning and physical disabilities. The group has been helping their community for almost 40 years and is run entirely by volunteers.

As well as providing various classes and clubs throughout the week for their 45 members, the group also organises day trips and the Giving Glasgow donation will be used to fund a summer outing.

Cadder Primary

Cadder Primary School received a donation of £795.20 from Giving Glasgow.

Each year, the Primary 7s from the school attend a week-long residential trip to Ardentinny Outdoor Education Centre which encourages confidence and develops potential. The Giving Glasgow donation will be used to cover the cost of travel to and from the centre, making the overall cost of the trip more affordable for the families of the children attending.

People’s Past, People’s Future

Giving Glasgow recently donated £700 to People’s Past, People’s Future – a group set up to help older people stay active in their community.

Many of the group’s service users are in their 80s and experience lonelieness. This group helps combat that by organising events such as drama shows that the older people take part in.

Reidvale Neigbourhood Centre

Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre received a £500 donation towards their Youth Hub. The hub is a place where young people, aged 11 to 25, can come to meet, socialise, have fun and learn in a safe and nurturing environment.

The funds will be used to help support their Explorers Group, which provides activities such as sports, drama and media club to young adults with additional support needs.

Speech Bubble

We recently donated £350 to Speech Bubble.

Speech Bubble provides fun, drama workshops for young people with motor speech problems related to physical disability. This can be children with cerebral palsy or other conditions such as brain injury, cancer or stroke – all conditions which can have an impact on their speech.

Communication and the ability to express themselves is so important to young people. Without a strong voice, young people can find it both frustrating and damaging to their self-esteem.

Ronald McDonald House (Glasgow)

Glasgow’s Ronald McDonald House received a £1,000 donation from Giving Glasgow.

The charity provides support to the families of sick children being treated at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children. The donation will be used to help fund their House, which offers free accommodation to help families stay close while a child is in hospital.

Last year, the charity supported over 500 families.

Shakespeare Street Youth Club

We recently donated £550 to Shakespeare Street Youth Club.

Shakespeare offers services to different community groups in Maryhill, the main focus being children and young people.

This donation will be put towards their cooking group. Young people get the chance to go shopping for ingredients helping them to learn how to budget. They also buy ingredients to make a pot of soup for a local community group who used the club at the same time.

Sandy Road Nursery

Sandy Road Nursery received a donation of £250 towards one of its children, 4-year old Arron.

Arron requires life-saving surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, with recovery time expected to take 6-weeks. Arron’s mum and two siblings will need to travel to London and pay for their own living costs and accommodation while there.

Along with fundraising help from the local community, this donation will help ease the financial situation for Arron’s mum.

Bairn Necessities 3D

We recently donated £586.59 to Bairn Necessities 3D.

The funds will be used to purchase a set of scales, heavy-duty shelving and display shelves, which will increase storage space and the capacity to receive and distribute more donations to the local community.

Glasgow Eco Trust

Glasgow Eco Trust was the first charity of 2020 to benefit from a Giving Glasgow donation.

The charity, which received a donation of £500, co-ordinates and delivers a range of environmental activities. It aims to bring local people together to make improvements to their community and empowers them to be more eco-friendly.

The funds will be used to replace tools and equipment for their community bikes workshop, Devils on Wheels.