Who are we?
Glasgow Care Foundation have been helping the people of Glasgow for over 140 years. For those who can not receive any assistance from other agencies and have exhausted all options – we can provide basic household goods.
We also support key local community projects, families holidays and we put back the magic into Christmas with food vouchers and toys for families.
We often describe ourselves as a small charity doing big things for Glasgow. Our key focus financially is supporting those in need. For this reason we only have one full time employee and two part timers.
We rely on our Ambassadors and Friends to help spread the word.
Where our funding comes from
Why do we do what we do?
Understanding poverty in Glasgow is key to explaining why Glasgow Care Foundation is soo vital.
In the information boxes to the right are just a selection of quotes and statistics relating to Glasgow poverty. We urge you to follow the sources for full reports.
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34% of all children in the city were estimated to be living in poverty in 2017 . In-work poverty in Scotland has been rising. 64% of working age adults in poverty live in a household where at least one person works (2015/16).
Welfare Reforms have played a central role in the rise in poverty in Glasgow since they were introduced in 2015, with reductions to benefit rates, a freeze on some benefits and increased conditionality.
A report by the Sheffield Hallam University, Government’s Welfare Reform Committee in 2015, stated that Glasgow would have 12 out the 20 worst affected wards in Scotland, with an estimated financial loss of £239million per year, equivalent to £580 for each adult of working age in the city.
A later report stated that by 2020/21 after all welfare reforms had been implemented, it was estimated that Glasgow would have a financial loss of £300million per year.
In 2018, 1 in 5 children were living in relative poverty in Scotland. Recent figures for Glasgow are more stark more than 1 in 3 (37,000 children) living in poverty in 2017, rising to 41% in some neighbourhoods. Scotland’s child poverty rates are predicted to steadily increase with 50,000 more children living in poverty by 2020/21, as a result of the UK government’s austerity and welfare reform measures.