Glasgow Care Foundation was established in Glasgow in 1874 before the NHS and Welfare State, fast forward 145 years and sadly our aim of alleviating poverty in the City is still the same. Our referrals come from organisation’s such as Social Work, Housing Associations, Citizens Advice and other agencies working with vulnerable people. We provide assistance to some of the poorest individuals and families who cannot get help from any other source.
This usually takes the form of provision of basic items such as washing machines, fridges, bedding, cookers and floor covering. We also support families with supermarket vouchers to buy food as this is an ever increasing plight for a lot of people, there are currently 37,000 children living in poverty alone in Glasgow. We support over 600 families on average each year and we also process around 15 community grants annually to benefit the wider community.
During the Covid 19 crisis we adapted our focus. From April to June 2020 we issued £45,000 worth of Asda and Aldi supermarket vouchers. These vouchers were distributed through Health visitors to issue to families in desperate need of food. Additionally, we donated over £11.000 to support community organisations who are distributed food to people who are isolated or in poverty.
We are pleased to say that now all our suppliers are open again, our small team of 4 part time workers are back to our core work helping as many people as possible with household items.
For our Christmas campaign this year we are asking that people either make a direct donation on our website or purchase a supermarket or store gift card that we can issue to families in poverty to buy gifts for their children for Christmas morning or food for their Christmas dinner. These can be posted us. We do ask you to write a note of the amount on the card so we can distribute appropriately as some families are bigger than others.
Address: Glasgow Care Foundation, 18 – 20 Orkney Street, Govan, Glasgow G51 2BX