Who are our members?
GCVS is a membership organisation open to all third sector organisations, with associate membership also available to non TS organisations, and to individuals who share our aims. Our membership is comprised of 600+ third sector organisations ranging from small local community interest groups to large national charities.
Profiles of our members
The Spark provide expert support ensuring that whatever your relationship, whenever you need it, and wherever you are in Scotland you can access relationship support to help you to:
• Improve communication
• Improve health
• Increase awareness of other people’s needs
• Stabilise family life
• Revitalise your relationship
• Reduce stress
Their services include:
The Relationship Helpline where you can talk through your relationship concerns with our experienced Helpline team. Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles and they also offer a live web chat facility.
Relationship Counselling allows you to take time to think about your situation and talk things through with a professional counsellor online, over the phone, or face-to-face. There is a charge for the sessions but they aim to keep this as affordable as possible.
The Spark also believe that early intervention services are vitally important and their award winning Children & Young People team deliver relationship education programmes and 1:1 counselling, enabling young people to develop essential relationship skills.
Being a member of GCVS has been really beneficial for us. Whether its access to discounted training, information on funding or opportunities to network with third sector colleagues in the city, we’re delighted to be a member of such a forward thinking organisation.
The Princes Trust
The Prince’s Trust Scotland works with young people aged 13 to 30 across the country to help them get into jobs, education and business. Youth unemployment can have a devastating impact on the lives of young people and on communities. That’s why the Prince’s Trust are working to help thousands of young people find the support and opportunities they need to move forward in their lives and achieve their full potential.
The Prince’s trust offer wide range of programmes providing support at every stage of a young person’s journey into employment, regardless of their starting point. They work with young people facing a wide range of barriers to employment and education including: a lack of support at home or school, mental or physical health problems, poverty and homelessness, problems with drugs and alcohol or a criminal record, helping them to overcome these challenges and create a brighter future for themselves.
Three in four young people we work with move into a job, education, or self-employment.
The Prince’s Trust Scotland has been a member of GCVS for a number of years. Although we work across Scotland a large proportion of our work takes place within Glasgow, being our biggest area of need. Without partners the Prince’s Trust would not be able to work with the number of young people that we do, currently 2000 this year in Glasgow. We see GCVS as playing a vital role in assisting us to keep linked in with other third sector organisations and enable us to network and discuss important matters affecting the third sector as a whole.
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.
Geeza Break, a charity organisation, was founded in 1992 with aim of providing positive community based support and high quality respite services to vulnerable families and their children aged 0-16 years Glasgow City Wide.
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 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. The 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 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.
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. We help voluntary organisations unite to make a strong collective voice in Glasgow.
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