Who are our members?
GCVS is a membership organisation open to all third sector organisations, with members ranging from local community interest groups, to large national charities. Associate membership is also available to non-third sector organisations, and to individuals who share our aims. Hear from some of our members about the support they receive through GCVS…
Home-Start Glasgow North West exists to give young children the best possible start in life, by supporting parents who are experiencing difficulties. Their carefully selected, fully trained and well-supported home-visiting volunteers offer practical and emotional support to families in their own homes, helping them to grow in confidence and independence and giving them the tools they need to be able to thrive despite difficult circumstances.
Pregnant women and families with at least one child under 5 in the North Glasgow area can be referred for Home-Start support through their health visitor, midwife, social worker or any other agency. Families can also self-refer to the service.
“We have been using the GCVS payroll services for a number of years now, and we have always had a very friendly and professional service. We would definitely recommend GCVS to any organisations who do not have the capacity to deal with payroll in-house.”
Charity organisation Geeza Break was founded in 1992 with the aim of providing positive community based support and high quality respite services to vulnerable families and their children aged 0-16 years across Glasgow.
A large part of their work involves reducing the negative effects that clients experience due to their life circumstances. This is achieved not only through the services they deliver, but also through partnership working where families gain access to other positive opportunities.
Key Services includes Respite Sitting/Respite Care, Centre (TOFFEE Club) and Activity Based Respite and Family Support Services.
“Over the years we have had excellent support as a GCVS member from funding advice, to mentoring support, plus we get excellent deals on training.”
Amina are passionate about empowering and inspiring women. In their work they aim to make a real difference to the lives of women and achieve the following objectives:-
• Muslim women are more engaged and empowered and safer in their communities
• Muslim women have improved physical and mental health.
• Muslim women feel safer and more confident in their relationships
• Muslim women are improving their skills, becoming more confident getting jobs, and starting their own businesses.
The services provided by AMINA include the National Muslim Women’s Helpline and Development Project, which is a Scottish Government strategic intervention. Their telephone Helpline is unique and provides a listening ear service to Muslim women on Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, with callers able to speak to an Imam on a Monday morning.
AMINA also provides short breaks to unpaid women carers who care for a disabled family member, giving them a break from those caring duties.
Their volunteer and employability project in Dundee and The Entrepreneurs Project in Glasgow both skill up and therefore empower women to enable them to fulfil their potential. Participants get on the job experience and training as well as the opportunity to take up external training to help them get ready for employment or to open their own business.
“Amina MWRC has been a GCVS Member for a number of years. We are members of the Employers Advice Service which we find an invaluable resource for getting advice about employment and staffing issues. The service provides up to date and accurate information which we could not afford to access from a employment lawyer. We also frequently take advantage to the reduced rates for training which is offered to members of GCVS.”