Heart of Glasgow

Through our work with local community groups, employers, education facilities and charities we’ve met some exceptional people. The kind of people who think nothing of giving up their free time to help others, look out for the vulnerable in their community, make their area a nicer place to live, and bring a smile to others during difficult times.

We think it’s time to celebrate these people who go above and beyond. Which is why we’re launching Glasgow Credit Union’s Heart of Glasgow.

The Heart of Glasgow will be awarded throughout the year and will recognise individuals of all ages who have given their time and effort to make a positive difference in the Greater Glasgow area.

If you know someone who deserves recognition, we’d like to hear from you! It could be a friend, family member, work colleague, volunteer, teacher, pupil, or neighbour who has gone the extra mile to help others stay safe and well, improved an area, or built community spirit.

Nominations can be made by members and non-members, and the nominee doesn’t need to be a member.

To nominate someone for an award download our application form and send by email to community@glasgowcu.com, or post to our office address.


  • You do not need to be a member of Glasgow Credit Union to nominate someone for an award
  • The nominee must make a positive impact in the Greater Glasgow (G postcode) area
  • The nominee does not need to be a member of Glasgow Credit Union
  • There are no age restrictions for nominees (children and adults can be nominated)
  • We want to hear about one-off acts of kindness and about people that make an ongoing positive impact in their community or to others

Here are the recipients of our Heart of Glasgow awards:

Just before Christmas, another well-deserving recipient received our Heart of Glasgow award. Audrey Wadsworth volunteers for Shelter Scotland and was nominated by Emma Jackson, Shelter Scotland’s Regional Community Fundraiser for Glasgow.

Emma, pictured on the right, told us “Audrey might be 80 years old, but she has never let anything stop her from working, volunteering and supporting Shelter Scotland. She is one of the charity’s brightest stars, continuously looking for ways to help. She has run fashion shows to raise funds, and as a career-long seamstress, Audrey put her amazing sewing skills to good use during lockdown to make masks, raising over £3,000!”

Audrey was very happy to receive the award when asked her secret to looking great and being so active Audrey said, “I’ve not stopped working since the age of 15. My passion for work and volunteering is what motivates me”.

The first ever Heart of Glasgow award was presented to Julie Toal, Assistant Operations Manager at the Brunswick Centre in the north of Glasgow. She was nominated by her colleague, Ashton, who told us about the incredible work Julie does on a daily basis within the community. As well has her tireless work providing support to hundreds of young people and families, Ashton also highlighted Julie’s amazing response to help people throughout the pandemic. Ashton told us “Julie is a true inspiration to many children and young people, always offering support and encouragement. She puts others first and is such a great role model to her team.”

When receiving her award, Julie said “I’m just doing what I love – providing children and families with vital support. It’s very much a team effort and everyone at the Brunswick plays their part.”