Going deeper: anticipating
real change in Glasgow
We believe that God is calling
us to go deeper, with Christ, with
staff and volunteers and with
those we serve, in order to bring
about real transformation in
Glasgow. “Love is patient and
kind… Love never gives up.”
1 Corinthians 13 v4,7
How deep is
love for us?
Every morning when I leave the house each
member of the family must get a hug and a
kiss goodbye. On more than one occasion
when declaring my love for my children they’ve
responded, “How much do you love me daddy?”
While tempted to reply “Today it’s 63.45%”
normally I simply say “BIG much.”
How do I communicate in words the depth of
love I have for them and what I’m prepared to
do for them? From the moment they were born
nothing has given me more joy – but they can
also be exhausting.
How do we use all that God is
blessing us with to make the
biggest impact on those who
are broken and in need?
Love never gives up 1 and there is something
about this consistent loving approach that I
think we’re called to, not just towards our families
and friends - but those who we can at times
find hard to love, and even our enemies. 2 If
this involves never giving up on people, then
I think there is something profoundly biblical
that Glasgow City Mission is trying to do. Our
ambition and aspiration is that we would
journey DEEPER with those we serve, that we
would continue to design what we do around
a desire to never give up, to keep going, to be
Our God never changes or has mood swings,
but is consistent in His practical expression of
love towards us. I think we have a duty to copy
this consistent, never-give-up, deep love. It can
be exhausting and frustrating, but through the
power of the Holy Spirit, Christ’s followers can live
out a DEEPER practical expression of love.
In this issue of Connect we reveal where we
believe God is leading us over the coming years.
How do we use all that God is blessing us with
to make the biggest impact on those who are
broken and in need? We believe He is calling
us to go deeper: deeper with Himself, deeper in
our discipleship with staff and volunteers, and
deeper with those we serve.
Grant Campbell, Chief Executive.
1st Corinthians 13:7 NLT
Luke 6:27 NLT
Going deeper with those we serve
often starts with us going deeper
Since Jesus’ calling of the 12 disciples, we’ve seen
that growing as followers of Christ doesn’t just
happen in pews and classrooms. How we think
about God, people, and the world changes as
Through volunteering I am
being blessed myself as the
experience has made me
more understanding, and God
is building me up spiritually.
Teresa has been volunteering with us for nearly
three years. She is involved in various activities
such as our weekly church service and a ladies’
Bible study. She also helps people with low
literacy levels or low confidence to fill out forms
and attends appointments with them.
“I show love and understanding to the clients
with the struggles they face,” she says, “and try
and help them understand that God loves them
and wants the best for them. It is good to know
that you have shown God’s love to someone, and
to remember that it is God’s Spirit who changes
people. I sometimes accompany people to
church where they live to help them settle in if
they’ve never attended that church before.”
She says of the Bible study, “This allows me to
go deeper with the women, and as their stories
unfold I get a better sense of who they truly are,
and I can support them better.”
We know that our large, dedicated volunteer
team is one of our best assets - we simply
couldn’t do all we do without them. We want to
be much more deliberate about discipling our
volunteers, and we have ambitions to see our
connections with churches and what we can
offer in discipleship opportunities to grow.
Our hope is not only to see those who are
marginalised transformed by the Holy Spirit,
but also the Christian community in Glasgow
and beyond having a deeper experience and
understanding of God in our world today.
“Through volunteering I am being blessed
myself as the experience has made me more
understanding, and God is building me up
spiritually,” says Teresa.
If you, or people you know, would
be interested not just in volunteering
but in intentional discipleship with
Glasgow City Mission we’d be
keen to talk to you. Please see the
volunteering pages of our website,
call us on 0141 221 2630.
Your support is helping us go deeper in our relationships with those we serve.
We have been able to recruit two new project workers for our city centre team.
This will allow us to spend more time on a one to one basis with those we work
with, and extend our opening hours.
Kirsty had just had a baby boy and was in a
violent relationship when she started coming
here in 2009. “I walked out of the house,” she
says, “and was sitting by the Clyde. Someone
came up to me and said ‘you look cold, I’ll take
you for a cup of tea’, and they brought me to
Glasgow City Mission.”
She met Linda, one of our Project Workers, at
the evening drop-in. Kirsty says, “I clicked with
her, and something told me to come back.
“Even at my lowest and when everyone else
turned their back on me, Linda was there. I can
talk to her about anything and she doesn’t
judge me; she’ll try and help me sort it out. She
came to court cases with me, if I wanted to
buy a bag of smack [heroin] I’d phone Linda
and she’d come to a narcotics anonymous
meeting with me.
“She helped me get into a daily rehab. She
came with me and made sure I went every day
and then got me into a residential rehab. I got
out on Christmas night in 2012 and haven’t
touched anything since, except legal highs and
I’m off them now.”
Ewan Clydesdale, our Project Manager, says, “It’s
about more than just going to appointments –
it’s about having time to have lunch or a cup
of coffee with clients – people underestimate
the importance of that. Spending time with
people over lunch or a coffee is how we make
connections and build relationships.”
Many of the people who come to Glasgow
City Mission feel like they have never achieved
anything, and might not have had much praise
or affirmation in their life. Consequently they can
have low self-esteem and low confidence. Many
are isolated. In this context, having staff who have
time to have a cup of coffee with someone and
help them feel valued and listened to can be
Over the years Kirsty has used a lot of our
services, such as our evening drop-in, cookery
classes and Urban – which is a café space
where people can have lunch, chat with
volunteers, browse the internet and use our gym
or music suite. She has done an Alpha course
with us four times, goes to a local church and
hopes to get baptised in Loch Lomond.
Even at my lowest and when
everyone else turned their
back on me, Linda was there.
food bank on a Monday. She says, “I want to be
a support worker in addictions. I’ll get experience
here and then go to college next year - I’m
applying to do Social Care at City of Glasgow
College. People talk to you about things; it’s good
to think people want to talk to me. It will hopefully
help me do what I want to do.”
It’s thanks to your support that we’ve been able
to recruit new Project Workers, taking our team to
eight plus a Project Manager. This means we’ll be
able to spend more time on an individual basis
with people, building relationships and enabling
them to move forwards. Thank you.
Photos: Left, Linda and Kirsty connect over a cuppa.
Below, Kirsty makes tea for those attending our food bank.
She says, “I’m at the stage now where I don’t
need as much support. But I don’t want to pull
away completely. I can phone Linda and she’ll
meet me somewhere away from the Mission for
Kirsty is now involved in our new internship
programme. This is for people who have received
support from us and are ready to move on. It
is a structured six-month programme to help
people get more used to things like routine and
responsibility and to help them set and work
For Kirsty, this includes making and serving tea
and coffee for those who come in to use our
A massive thank you to all this year’s spin-fitters.
From 7am until 5pm, individuals, teams from
local businesses and even some Glasgow City
Mission clients, volunteers and staff pedalled
furiously to raise an amazing £6,000 for
homeless and marginalised men and women
in Glasgow. Thank you to all the fantastic
participants, instructors and volunteers who
made the day possible.
Big thank yous also go to our brave abseilers,
who abseiled 175 feet down the Finnieston
Crane at the end of May. It was an amazing
achievement, particularly by those that have a
fear of heights. They raised more than £2,000.
This is more than enough to pay for sausages
and soup at our evening drop-in for more
than 10 weeks. Rev Pamela Gordon, Minister at
Barrhead Bourock Church of Scotland, says, “I
was inspired to do the abseil because I like to
live life on the edge. Glasgow City Mission is a
fantastic outreach and is in need of so much
support for its ministry to continue. Glasgow
City Mission isn’t only about feeding people
but looks for the potential in every person that
enters their building.”
Keep your eye on our website for all
our fundraising opportunities, or give
us a call if we can support you in
your fundraising events. The money
you raise means we can continue to
provide practical Christian care.
A voice in the election
We wanted the voices of our clients to be heard,
and to encourage people to register to vote. They
were able to use our address if they didn’t have a
fixed address of their own.
Candidates had the opportunity to put their
case before taking questions from the audience.
Astute questions ranged from the possibility
of sanctioning MPs who misuse their right to
expenses; to asking how the money given to the
Government for housing has been spent. One
gentleman said: “Social security was meant to
spare us the humiliation of foodbanks. Can we
not make food cheaper?”
We want to make sure that those who use our
services know that they are valued and feel a
part of significant events. So before the General
Election we held a hustings, building on the
success of our referendum hustings last summer.
Caroline, 46, has been homeless for most
of her adult life and is living in supported
accommodation. She registered to vote for the
first time at our hustings and said: “I really want a
house of my own and a stable life, and it’s time
politicians stood up for people like me.”
Keep in touch
There are lots of ways to stay up to
date with all our news and events.
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Our latest Alpha course is underway exploring
who Jesus is and what the Christian faith is
about. Run in conjunction with Alpha Scotland,
it will run for seven weeks and is open to our staff
and volunteers as well as our clients. Some 25
guests have been attending with some honest
discussions and insightful questions. There is a
sense that God’s spirit is moving amongst the
participants and He is touching hearts.
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Our Child and Family Centre in Govan has always sought to give children the
best possible start in life. To help us go deeper in meeting this aim, we’ve
recruited a dedicated Adult Worker. And we’re carrying out a feasibility study to
expand the range of services we provide in Govan. Again, it’s your support that
is enabling these exciting developments to take place.
“Like a big family,” is how sisters Emma and Jackie
and their cousin Christine describe the Child and
Family Centre. They are sitting in the parents’ room
at the Centre having a coffee while their children
are in the nursery.
When the kids leave here
and go to school, we’ve got
certificates and training to
help us get jobs.
Emma is at the Centre every morning while her
son Keighan is in the nursery. On Mondays and
Tuesdays she’s here for coffee mornings and
on a Wednesday there’s a crochet group and
Bible study. She has just started an arts and
crafts group on a Thursday, and on Fridays she’s
at our cookery class. These last two are run in
conjunction with Jobs and Business Glasgow.
Jackie works but is able to come on a Monday for
coffee. She says, “It’s good to get to know the other
parents.” Jackie came to the nursery herself as a
child and says, “My ma said she’d come to pick us
up and we didn’t want to go home.”
The mums are enjoying learning new skills at the
courses. Emma says, “I’m learning to cook healthy
food. If we did courses through the job centre
we’d need to get child care, but Anne [Centre
Manager] gives us the chance to do it during
nursery.” Christine says, “I’ve not worked for a while,
so it helps you get back in.”
Deeper with parents
Having a new adult worker will allow us to build
deeper relationships with parents such as Emma,
Christine and Jackie, and we’ll be able to offer
more classes and parenting courses for them. It
will also mean we can be there for people when
they need us and we’ll be able to spend quality
time with people on a one to one basis.
Working with the parents helps the whole family - it
is our hope that the parents feel supported, learn
from one another, and will be actively involved in
their children’s learning. The parents are all kept
up to date with what their children are doing
in the nursery. Emma sits on the Parent Council
which meets once a term. “At the meetings they
ask for our opinions and they don’t do things
without consulting the parents. We feel this is our
family. It’s here for the parents as well,” she says.
We feel this is our family. It’s
here for the parents as well.
Through our feasibility study, we’re looking at
expanding the services we offer. Some of the
parents we’ve been working with continue their
links with the centre after their child has left
nursery. But for many, the connection ends once
all their children are of school age. Asked what
else they’d like to see the Centre offer, they say an
after school club. “The kids who have come to the
nursery feel comfortable here, it would be good
for them,” says Jackie.
They appreciate all that the Centre is doing for
their children, with the staff going the extra mile for
the children in their care. Keighan is Emma’s son.
She says, “He had a bad temper. But he calmed
down when he came here. The teachers are really
good, and the kids feel safe and secure and get
love and attention.”
Photos: Left, from left to right, Jackie, Christine and Emma.
Above, the mums with their nursery-age children.
Our new Adult Worker will start
after the summer. And we’ll
be sharing the results of our
study into the feasibility of
expanding our services in the
autumn – look out for news in
future issues of Connect and
on our website.
Thank you for all of your
support which has allowed us
to recruit the new Adult Worker.
Please pray for our leadership
as they seek God’s heart for
the expansion of the Centre.
What hopes and ambitions do you
have for your life?
Imagine if you were sleeping rough. Would
you have any ambition at all if, consciously or
subconsciously, you knew that to move forwards
would mean starting to deal with the past,
uncovering the reasons that had led you to a life
on the streets in the first place? If you had lost all
self-esteem, felt invisible and unwanted – would
you have any hope?
We want to advocate on behalf
of those we’re working with ...
never giving up on them.
The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter opens for three
months of the year, providing a vital and often
life-saving service. Our ambition though, is that
through going deeper in our involvement to end
rough sleeping, we will eventually remove the
need for a Night Shelter.
To help us achieve our goal we have cofounded
a new initiative in the city, the City
Ambition Network (CAN), along with the Marie
Trust, Simon Community Scotland, Glasgow City
Council and the NHS.
The group has identified some of the most
vulnerable people in Glasgow who are
homeless, socially excluded and have complex
needs. Each person will be appointed a
key worker. The group will look at what has
worked for each person in the past and what
barriers they are facing to getting into settled
accommodation. They will work intensively to try
and overcome these barriers.
For example, it’s all too common for someone
with complex needs to attend the local
authority’s homelessness services, sit and wait
for an appointment for up to ten hours only to
be told there is no accommodation available.
This leaves them homeless for the night, and
less likely to try and access such services in the
Part of the ambition is that the group will change
current systems and processes, for example that
services will be designed to fit those who are in
need, rather than expecting people, often with
chaotic lifestyles and mental health issues, to
fit the services. The network also hopes to be
able to find an immediate alternative to rough
sleeping. We want to advocate on behalf of
those we’re working with, pushing for them to
receive appropriate help and improve their
situation, never giving up on them.
Lyn Docherty has been appointed Coordinator
of the network. She says, “The CAN approach
needs to be very ambitious for those for whom
hope and expectations could not be any lower.”
Please join us in praying for
the network as it starts its
ambitious project to end rough
sleeping in Glasgow.
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anticipating real change in Glasgow
God is impacting Glasgow’s broken and
marginalised with His love and it is the generosity of
our supporters that is allowing us to go deeper with
those we serve. If you join us, we’ll be able to do
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