About GCVS

What we are

gcvsGCVS is the main development agency and advocate for voluntary and community organisations in Glasgow and one of the largest Councils for the Voluntary Sector in the UK. We are also one of three partners – (GCVS, Volunteer Glasgow, and Glasgow Social Enterprise Network) – that form Glasgow’s Third Sector Interface – the partnership that supports and represents the third sector in Glasgow and through which the Scottish Government engages with the third sector.

GCVS is a membership organisation open to all third sector organisations and individuals. If you are interested in becoming a member you can visit our membership pages for more information.

When GCVS first came into being in 1972, it had 40 members and a board of directors which included the late Donald Dewar. Now, over 600 voluntary-managed organisations in Glasgow count themselves as members of GCVS.

What we do

GCVS works with our Interface partners and the third sector to:

  • listen and respond to their needs
  • help them reach their potential and play a full role in Glasgow
  • raise their profile and develop a voice.

Our governance and ethos

GCVS is a registered charity.  The organisation is voluntary-managed, chiefly by representatives from our member organisations who make up the GCVS Board.

In all that we do, we are an organisation that listens, learns and innovates.

We work in ways that are inclusive, trustworthy, professional and based on shared core principles.

How we can support your organisation

GCVS provides an extensive range of services to support the third sector and we are engaged in work in a wide range of policy agendas.

We would love to hear from you. Visit the Our People page to find out more about what we do or to find the right contact for your area of interest.

Become a member

GCVS is the main development agency and advocate for voluntary and community organisations in Glasgow and a key partner in Glasgow’s Third Sector Interface. Find out about the benefits of membership.


Hire the Albany

The Albany Learning and Conference Centre is a dedicated development centre for Glasgow’s Third Sector.  
The Albany is a welcoming venue for meetings, events and conferences.

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