The Glasgow Wellbeing Fund in action

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The Glasgow Wellbeing Fund supports community groups and voluntary organisations across Glasgow with vital support, and is managed by GCVS. With the fund now in it’s third year we have seen many fantastic examples of the projects improving wellbeing of Glasgow’s citizens of all ages, backgrounds and challenges.

We spoke to some of the most recent organisations.

Creating Opportunities For Everyone

Indepen-dance, Glasgow

Indepen-dance is an inclusive dance company for disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy, express, and fulfil their potential through dance. They applied for support from the Glasgow Wellbeing Fund to continue one of their most popular activities – Extravaganza!

“Glasgow’s Wellbeing Fund has been contributing to the running of Saturday morning Extravaganza events, which run once a month at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall on the Southside of Glasgow.

These events begin with a movement session where participants ‘Wake Up With Wils’, led by experienced teacher Wils. People can join in at the venue and from home online. After an energising start to the day, sessions in Lego Play and Creative Journaling begin.

During Extravaganza, there is also much-needed space for parents and carers to go and chat, relax and socialise with others over a cup of tea.”

We’re grateful to Indepen-dance for sharing photos of their weekly sessions and wish them the best with this ongoing project.

GCVS has facilitated the local implementation of the Scottish Government’s Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, in Glasgow since 2021.

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Making the Most of the Great Outdoors

Concrete Garden, North Glasgow

“The Concrete Garden are delighted to have the support of the Wellbeing Fund for our project this year. Community gardens are such important spaces where people can connect with one another and the natural world which can have huge benefits for wellbeing in so many ways.  

Everyone who becomes part of the garden community finds their niche and helps nurture the welcoming, supportive and creative spaces that they are. We’re looking forward to being able to reach out and welcome more folk to the project through the activities the fund is supporting. The program will create lots of opportunities for folk to meet others, learn something new and spend time together in the garden growing veg or cooking around the fire. We’ll also be able to continue our Herbs for Health workshops and foraging walks where folk can learn about using herbs and local plants to support wellbeing as well as getting out to explore local greenspaces.” 

Growers and Workshop participants shared:

“ It makes such a difference- I always feel so much better once I get out and up to the garden”.

“I look forward to coming every week- it’s a joy to work with everybody. Everybody is very helpful and I don’t know what I’d do without them!”

“It’s made a huge difference to my health- I feel stronger, don’t know how to explain it!”

“The classes have been an absolute tonic!”

We support the implementation of the Fund in Glasgow with help from partners including: Glasgow City HSCP, Glasgow City Council, Volunteer Glasgow, Glasgow Social Enterprise Network, Glasgow Life, Mental Health Network Greater Glasgow, Glasgow Kelvin College, Wise Women.

What’s Next in Funding?

Further resourcing for the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund has not yet been confirmed by the Scottish Government. All updates on future funding for Glasgow will be shared through our bulletin and social channels as we receive them.

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Thanks to Open Aye for our header photo provided by their Wellbeing of the Woods participants.

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