About Volunteer Glasgow
volunteerglasgow.org is maintained and developed by Volunteer Glasgow in partnership with the hundreds of volunteers, community activists, community groups, charities, businesses, social enterprises, and other volunteer involving organisations that help to inspire people to take action and devote their energies to improving the world around them for the benefit of their neighbours, their communities, their city, and their environment.
Volunteer Glasgow is the operating name of the Volunteer Centre – the Centre for Volunteering, Community Action and Employment Initiatives – which was established in 1970, is a company limited by guarantee (166042), is governed by a Board of (experienced and skilled volunteer) Directors, and is registered as a Scottish Charity (SC005462) with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. In addition to promoting and supporting volunteering, Volunteer Glasgow has established a successful track record in providing community development, befriending/mentoring, training, community care, and advisory services to the general public and to a range of specific client groups across the city.
Volunteering is the lifeblood of our 21st Century, democratic, civil society. Tens of thousands of people in Glasgow choose to do something without remuneration to run sport and the arts, support other people when they’re vulnerable, provide programmes and activities for our children and young people, govern charities and community groups, raise funds for charity, protect and enhance the environment, develop other people’s skills, provide mutual support, health and social care services, and campaign for change.
Volunteer Glasgow is one of a number of key partners developing and delivering Glasgow’s Strategic Volunteering Framework together with Glasgow Life, GCVS, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Community Planning Partnership, the NHS, Glasgow’s schools, colleges and universities, the private sector, Glasgow Works, VDS, SCVO, VAS, and the city’s voluntary sector networks.
Our principal funders are Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Community Planning Partnership. Download a copy of the latest Volunteer Glasgow Annual Report (PDF format) or phone/email us to request a hard copy.
Our vision is of, “a Glasgow where everyone freely commits to making a positive difference in the life of the city.” We believe that through volunteering we all can make a difference, directly and indirectly to the lives of others in a vast range of ways. In Glasgow we have a rich history of volunteering and Volunteer Glasgow has over 40 years of experience in creating, developing, supporting and promoting volunteering.
Our mission is, “to lead in making Glasgow the city where everyone is passionate about volunteering their skills, abilities, talents, experience and knowledge.”
Our mission will be realised through the achievement of the following objectives and these are the drivers underpinning our business plan:
- To ignite the passion in more people to freely engage in making Glasgow a better city.
- To be instrumental in driving the development of more opportunities for people to freely contribute to making Glasgow flourish.
- To generate and encourage innovative and imaginative ways to transform life for people in Glasgow.
Volunteering is “the commitment of of time and energy by individuals for the benefit of the community. It is undertaken freely and by choice and without personal financial gain.”
Becoming a Member
Becoming a member of Volunteer Glasgow is easy and FREE. Membership is open to both individual members and voluntary organisations. By becoming a member you can:
- Help improve our services
- Help elect (or be elected to) our Board of Directors
- Get involved in our conferences and general meetings.
How do I become a member?
It’s easy! Just contact us for an application form, complete and return it to us as soon as possible.
Board of Management
The present Board
- Bob Bogle (Chair)
- Bushra Iqbal (Vice Chair)
- Ros Carr
- Aileen Macdonald
- Susan Brimelow
- Bernie Rafferty
- Sue Kinn
- Ashok Sehgal (Treasurer)
Observer from Glasgow City Council
Bailie Aileen Colleran, Executive Member for Communities