How is Glasgow’s Third Sector tackling child poverty? #ChallengePoverty

Earlier this year, we carried out some important research into Glasgow’s Third Sector’s efforts to tackle child poverty. We asked voluntary organisations working with children, young people and families to help us raise the profile of the sector by completing an online survey.

What did we do with the data?

This research exercise had two important aims:

  • to provide an up to date picture of the city’s efforts to mitigate and tackle child poverty levels
  • data was also shared with Glasgow City Council partners, to help inform the latest Local Child Poverty Action Report
What did the data tell us?

The survey data highlighted the broad and extensive nature of the third sector, and their work to tackle child poverty across the city. Find out more below:

We asked organisations to describe which of the following priority groups they support through their services. A large majority of respondents worked with lone parent families, minority ethnic families and families with a disabled child, parent or carer.

Organisations also highlighted the following groups: 

  • kinship carers
  • families with gender minority children
  • young people age 14-26 living in poverty and facing multiple disadvantages
  • families with children aged 0-12
  • families with a family member in prison
  • fathers and male carers
  • whole local communities



As one of the key research objectives, respondents were asked to provide a brief overview of activities carried out over the past year* to tackle issues presented by the following poverty drivers:

  • Income from Employment (e.g. employability work, skills and qualifications, affordable childcare, barriers to employment)
  • Income from Social Security and Benefits (e.g. Information and advice work, benefit take up, advocacy)
  • Cost of Living (e.g. fuel and food poverty, holiday activities, digital inclusion)

*March 2021 – March 2022


Let’s hear from third sector organisations and how they are supporting children, young people and families across Glasgow..

This #ChallengePoverty Week, we want to place the spotlight on organisations and all their valuable work to support children, young people and families in Glasgow. By showcasing some of the many Glasgow-based organisations who are helping to #TurnTheTide on child poverty, we hope to further highlight the value and importance of the third sector in providing support to children and young people in need.

Drawing on some of our child poverty survey responses, here are a few examples of how organisations are tackling child poverty in Glasgow. We will be regularly updating this blog page throughout the month of October, beginning in #ChallengePoverty Week! Make sure to check back regularly for further information on a range of organisations and services. We will also be sharing updates on our social media platforms.

Fuse Youth Café

Fuse Youth Cafe | Community Hub and Learning Centre | Glasgow (

Fuse Youth Café provides daily afterschool youth sessions in East Glasgow for two age groups: a junior club for children in P5-7 and a Senior group for young people in S1 up to the age of 19. Any child or young person within these age ranges can participate in sessions, which are youth centred and youth led! Fuse Youth Cafe also provide various activities around the following:

  • Education and attainment
  • Positive mental health and wellbeing
  • Physical health
  • Participation
  • Employability and life skills
  • Climate action
  • Digital inclusion

The Fuse Youth Café also provides a school holiday programme as an extended service for children in P1-P4 during holiday periods, and even delivers a Digital Inclusion Project ‘Shettleston Does Digital’ and a climate action scheme ‘Shettleston 100’! Something for everyone!

Geeza Break

Home | Geeza Break

Geeza Break provides a Family Support and Respite service, including overnight respite to vulnerable families in the North East of Glasgow with children from 0-16 years old. The organisation also supports kinship carers, including an 11 week programme through their ‘Geeza Chance Project’. Geeza Break runs various groups for parents and expected                                                                       parents, babies, young and older children, here’s a few:

          • Bumps to Babies
          • Baby Massage
          • Get Cooking, Get Shopping
          • Life Skills sessions
          • School Holiday Programmes

Geeza Break has also been supporting vulnerable service users by providing food and fuel vouchers and children’s clothing. Great work!


Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones for Families (

Stepping Stones offers a Family Wellbeing Service in both the North West and North East of Glasgow. The service takes an early intervention and prevention approach, providing support and advice to families with children under five. Family support is delivered in the community or in the family home, on a one to one basis or in small group sessions.

Stepping Stones receives referrals from other agencies including nursery practitioners, housing associations, health visitors, social work or other community based services who are involved in a family’s life. Parents can also self-refer to Stepping Stones’ Family Wellbeing Service.

Over the past year, Stepping Stones have supported families in a number of ways, including:

  • Food parcel provision and help to access food pantries
  • Assisting with various applications e.g. Best Start Grants, Scottish Child Payment and DLA
  • Reducing digital exclusion by sourcing devices like iPads and mobile phones
  • Holiday food and activity programme
  • Support to manage utilities and arranging support to tackle accrued debt, emergency fund applications for essential household items
  • Clothing provision

Stay up to date with Stepping Stones on Twitter! Stepping Stones for Families (@SSfF_Scotland) / Twitter

Caring Operations Joint Action Council (C.O.J.A.C)

COJAC provides social, recreational, learning and leisure activities for children, young people and adults affected by disability and complex support needs. COJAC aims to reduce the impacts of poverty by offering childcare and respite for families and carers. During the past year, COJAC has provided free food, drinks and snacks to every child and young person who attended their holiday activity programmes. The organisation also manages a disability resource centre in Castlemilk, which is open to the local community.

Find out more on COJAC’s webpage:  Cojac Centre


Royston Youth Action

Royston Youth Action | Recreation, Education and Leisure for young people

Royston Youth Action provide a wide range of services, aiming to enhance the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of children, young people and families. Royston Youth Action have carried out various activities over the last year to reduce the impacts of poverty, including; food and fuel provision, free clothing (including school uniforms) toiletry and sanitary packages and back to school haircuts. The organisation also delivers holiday programmes for young people, with meals and snacks provided!

Impact Arts

Impact Arts

Impact Arts provide youth engagement and employability programmes to those living in Glasgow who are facing multiple disadvantages and experiencing poverty. They aim to increase the opportunities available to young people, to achieve positive life outcomes. Impact Arts deliver a wide range of activities, targeting young people who have few to no formal qualifications, who are no longer in engaging in education, or are at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity. Their youth programmes seek to reduce, and remove barriers to employment and help ensure that each young person gains useful qualifications. Young people also benefit from one to one, person centred employability and progression support.

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