Who are our members?
We welcome all third sector organisations and are proud to have 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 and benefits they receive through GCVS…
Glasgow’s Golden Generation (GGG) is a charity that care for older people citywide, providing a range of services to combat isolation and loneliness. Richard Donald, Chief Executive of Glasgow’s Golden Generation told us:
“GGG has been a long-term member of GCVS; gaining significant value from the membership in terms of overall support to our charity. Firstly, The bridge from Glasgow City Council and the Third Sector is vital and is well managed by the GCVS team. This involves information sharing, networking opportunities and regular invitations to seminars. The range of network meetings are useful to gain updates, create introductions and cast opinions to peers, as well as gaining feedback from senior officials via local authorities. GGG has further benefited from political introductions, and this has provided platforms to have voices heard at parliament on behalf of the older people that we represent.
Funding updates are extremely beneficial and can be relied upon to provide updates on new funds that are available. The HR service can provide multiple solutions to a range of staffing issues, supporting Payroll and Health and Safety compliance. With increasing pressure on charities with HR compliance, GCVS offer an affordable solution to gain broad expertise in multiple areas.
GGG would thoroughly recommend membership with GCVS. It’s a very small sum to pay for an extensive range of highly beneficial services.”
Weekday Wow Factor is a Social Enterprise and Charity based in Glasgow, working to rebuild local communities after trauma experienced by Covid and economic hardship. They work with adults aged 50+ to enhance physical, mental and social health and reduce loneliness, ageism, leisure and health inequalities. Weekday Wow Factor have been a GCVS member since setting up as a Social Enterprise in October 2017. Their Director Pasna Sallis, told us:
“GCVS provides an important networking opportunity to meet like minded third and forth sector organisations who may have similar social mission and challenges. It is also my ‘go to’ advice organisation for Human Resources too. The support provided is a rock to Weekday Wow Factor.
There are great opportunities to meet new people and catch up with acquaintances, as well as to receive learning and support on using Groop software and learning about local Glasgow City council funding application forms and guidance.
We benefit as an organisation from the networking and learning, but the ultimate beneficiary are community members who get an improved and diverse service as we have the right support and collaborations for our organisation.”
Annexe Communities is a community anchor organisation, working with communities in Partick and surrounding neighbourhoods. They work with people to make a positive difference in their lives, their families, and their community and are a also a GCVS member.
“It’s important for the community and voluntary sector to connect and collaborate with each other. GCVS helps achieve this in Glasgow – connecting organisations and offering specialised, quality support for our sector.
As a manager of various community and voluntary sector organisations, I’ve been using the payroll service for more than 35 years and laterally the HR service – always fantastic service and great advice!
GCVS offers great support and an invaluable service for voluntary sector organisations in Glasgow.”
COPE Scotland aims to help build a kinder world where people have improved well-being, share learning for others, recognise life can be challenging and seek to develop and share tools to help manage the challenges.
Hilda Campbell, CEO of COPE Scotland told us:
“We joined GCVS to connect with other third sector services and find a way to have a collective voice for sharing ideas, developing policy and building relationships with other sectors.
I often suggest GCVS where people are looking for help regarding funding applications or paralegal advice, as well as sharing it as a space for meeting others and having a voice heard.”
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.
“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.”
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