Glasgow’s Third Sector

Glasgow’s Third Sector is comprised of over 3,000 charities, organisations, services, social enterprises, and voluntary groups. These are supported by the Third Sector Interface, which provides advice and support services. The operating environment of the sector is now more challenging than ever, as Glaswegians keenly feel the impact of public spending cuts and austerity. This diverse and resilient sector continues to provide crucial support and services to our city’s most vulnerable people and families.


Some Facts and Figures about the Sector in Glasgow


Glasgow Third Sector stats on numbers of staff and volunteers, services, and income There are almost 27,000 paid staff in Glasgow’s third sector.

 It is estimated over 110,000 Glaswegians do some unpaid voluntary work every week for organisations.

The annual income of the sector is £2.8 billion.

Over 600 organisations across the city focus their work on one or more equality group ranging from BME, women, asylum seekers, refugees, and people with disabilities.


Over 20% focus on providing services to children, young people and families. 

16% provide sport and leisure opportunities to Glaswegians.

16% provide arts and culture experiences.

14% are faith related.

13% provide services to older people.


Source: GCVS Database, OSCR, Volunteer Scotland
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