Home-Start Glasgow North has received official accreditation as a Living Wage Employer.
Although the organisation had already set staff pay at, or in excess of, the living wage, this recognition is an important statement. It gives assurance to our funders and supporters that we reward our staff fairly and in a way that allows them to support themselves and their families. It shows our commitment as an employer to all of our dedicated employees who work hard for local families facing difficulties every day. The recognition may also encourage other organisations in the third sector, big or small, to revisit their pay for staff and to join the movement of Living Wage employers.
On receiving the accreditation, Alan Webb, Chair of the Board of Trustees said “Paying the living wage has a wider impact, not only on our employees, but on their families, communities and the local economy. We are pleased to receive this recognition, which we will share with pride. Working with families in our communities who are facing difficulties brings our committed team of staff close to many issues, including isolation, poverty and with some who are experiencing financial difficulties, despite having a job. Today, we are showing that even the smallest of community charities can best value their staff through rewarding hard work with a living wage.”
This winter, we are launching our All Year Round campaign, highlighting the difficulties faced by families in our community throughout the year, not just during the festive season.
By highlighting real stories, we hope to draw attention to our work every day with families in our local communities across the north of Glasgow and Lanarkshire. We really need your help for funds to help us with the variety of work needed to give parents and carers the confidence and resilience to give their young children the very best start.
- It costs, on average, £750 for a fully trained volunteer to support a family in their home for six months
- More than £10,000 is spend on the training, assessment & development of our volunteers each year.
- A nurture group, working with families to reduce isolation and build confidence in the community, costs more than £5000 each year.
- It costs more than £500 each year to provide a warm snack for families with young children at our Family Group each year.
Donations can be made by text. Simply text HSGN17 £10 to 70070 to donate £10 to our work.
You can change the value of your donation and gift aid is available.
All of your donation, including Gift Aid, is sent to us. Your network standard SMS rates may apply.
You can also donate online here https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/home-startglasgownorth
Early in October of this year, we were delighted to receive notification that Home-Start Glasgow North had been nominated as Community Charity of the Year in the Charity Champions Awards, hosted by Big Impact Scotland. Better news followed as we were then shortlisted and invited to attend the Awards Gala Final in Glasgow on 2nd November, where we joined many other charities to celebrate the work of Scotland’s third sector, including our friends at Home-Start Aberdeen.
Our work relies on engaging with, and being a part of, the communities in which we work and having worked with communities across the north of Glasgow for over 16 years and now in North Lanarkshire since May 2017, we were honoured to have made the shortlist of finalists for this category. The award was hotly contested and congratulations to Scottish Waterways Trust who were the final winners. We were delighted to have been part of the event, to celebrate with other charities and are proud to display our finalist certificate as a mark of the incredible achievements of our passionate Home-Start staff and volunteers.
The September training course is nearly over and we start a new course on Thursday 26th October.
This course will be held at the offices of Stepping Stones for Families in Possilpark: 65 Stonyhurst Street G22 5AX
It will run for 7 weeks each Thursday 9.30-2.30 p.m.
Lunch and travel expenses provided.
Please contact us for more information on 0141 948 0441 / 0445
Please click here to download the application form or call us to request one.