We support the work of Glasgow City Mission as part of our care and compassion for those in need, regardless of their background or circumstances, and as part of our desire to work with others to bless our city.
Glasgow City Mission works with adults and children who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, or leading chaotic or difficult lives. Glasgow City Mission wants to help them to break free from situations which may involve homelessness, addiction, poverty, family breakdown, prostitution, emotional issues – or maybe all of these.
Glasgow City Mission shares a message of hope and aims to have compassion for all they help, supporting them on a journey of life transformation. They do this through two main projects: a City Centre Project for vulnerable and homeless adults, the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter and a Child & Family Centre in the disadvantaged community of Govan.
In the City Centre Project, Glasgow City Mission begins by meeting immediate needs including providing food and support for up to 250 vulnerable people each day. They offer support and advice including prayer, food parcels and help with finding accommodation.
To see lasting positive change, they do more than just meet short-term needs. Glasgow City Mission builds relationships to understand each person through a day-time activity programme. This teaches usable skills through an IT club, a numeracy and literacy programme, art and music projects, language classes and cooking classes, as well as varied social opportunities.
Project workers provide one-to-one support to help people as individuals, understand their unique circumstances and see people making life-changing steps forward. They provide help in finding suitable training and employment, and for those who wish, opportunities to explore the Christian faith.
The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter provides emergency accommodation for those with no alternative but to sleep rough in our city’s streets. After a warm, safe night’s sleep, people are connected with council homeless caseworkers, healthcare, and made aware of other services designed to help in the city including their city centre project. The project is a partnership of multiple agencies but led and managed by Glasgow City Mission.
The Child & Family Centre offers a safe, educational and nourishing environment to give children in Govan the best start in life. It seeks to strengthen families and break the poverty cycle by providing nursery, playgroups, after school clubs and parenting support classes.
You can help in various ways. One way is to pray. Glasgow City Mission values the power of prayer and sees its results. Pray for them as an organisation and importantly for their clients that they would experience the transforming love of Jesus. You can sign up for regular prayer emails by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another way to help is to donate food. We collect food for Glasgow City Mission at our church – feel free to bring it along. You can also make a financial donation or fundraise. If you wish to do that, please contact Glasgow City Mission using the details below.
You could also serve as a volunteer. More than 220 committed volunteers work each week. This can involve serving food, teaching practical life skills or simply just having a friendly chat with a client. If you have a desire to help, are a good listener and have a heart for those in need in our city with an active Christian faith, then you could apply to serve during the day or an evening.
Visit their website for their volunteering information pack and application form http://glasgowcitymission.com/how-can-you-help/volunteer.