About Volunteer Glasgow
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 (SC166042), is governed by a Board of (experienced and skilled volunteer) Directors, and is registered as a Scottish Charity (SC005462) .
The charity addresses two issues currently:
First, we make it easier for people living in Glasgow City local authority area to volunteer and have positive, inclusive volunteering experiences that give them proven health and employability benefits in the hundreds of public and third sector organisations that need their help – our Volunteer Centre (Inclusion & Development Services).
Secondly, we provide community-based Befriending and Mentoring Services for children and young people facing significant difficulties in their lives, often referred by Social Work or Education Services and matched to trained volunteers; helping the city to “get it right for every child”.
What work do we do and how do we know it works?
Volunteer Centre (Inclusion & Development) Services serve the local authority population of over 620,000 people with a much reduced level of funding support from central and local government: providing a range of information, guidance and support services for people interested in volunteering – and for the public and third sector groups and organisations that involve people in volunteering roles and opportunities. These include our digital services via opportunities.volunteerglasgow.org , our training and events (such as ‘Get Ready to Volunteer’ workshops and our services as an SQA Approved Centre), plus a range of additional, individual offline support services to people interested in volunteering. We monitor our impact and work with beneficiaries and partners to continuously improve and develop our services: click here to see our latest Reports.
Befriending and Mentoring Services engage people in relationships which provide tailored support to children, young people and families (and rewarding and challenging experiences for volunteers). The Services are designed to offer the young person a supportive relationship with an adult who holds them in positive regard and an opportunity for time out, having fun. In 2023, 88 children and young people were supported in building resilience, engaging in their community and achieving their potential. All of the young people enjoyed a wider range of age appropriate activities and reported increases in confidence and self-esteem. 93% developed interpersonal and/or practical skills.
Demand for our work
Volunteer Centre (Inclusion & Development) Services have a unique role to connect the population with all the available volunteering opportunities across the city. Over 80 organisations across all sectors worked with us last year, looking for us to help support thousands of their people into volunteering in an environment where the cost of living crisis and pandemic recovery issues are increasing inequalities and reducing participation in volunteering. People are facing more barriers to involvement and many organisations are struggling to recruit and retain the volunteers they need.
Befriending and Mentoring Services continue to operate waiting lists in the face of increasing referrals from statutory services and others, in the context of a growing mental health crisis for the city’s young people.
Meet the Team
Volunteer Glasgow activities and services wouldn’t be possible without a fantastic team of (volunteer) Directors, paid staff, and people supporting our work through donating their time, skills and energies in a wide range of volunteering roles. Click here to find out who we all are
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
- Get involved in our conferences and general meetings.
Using Our Brand
We’d love for our partners to use the Volunteer Glasgow brand on their projects and communications both to help achieve your own organisation’s objectives and to help promote volunteering consistently across Glasgow. We can help you access the logos and taglines that are best for you. Head to our Brand Request page for more information.