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Volunteering For Children's Charities In Glasgow

Volunteering For Children's Charities In Glasgow

Glasgow has experienced massive regeneration in recent years, but there are still many kids growing up in the city who are severely disadvantaged. In 2018 it was estimated by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health that more than 37,000 children were living in poverty in the area.  


Luckily, an amazing range of children's charities in Glasgow are able to help many of these young people secure better futures. They do this in different ways, from welfare support for their families, to providing safe spaces for them to socialise, along with vital healthcare services that improve their overall quality of life.  

Becoming a volunteer in Glasgow for an amazing children's charity is a rewarding way to give back to your community and help change a life.


Children 1st

Children 1st is Scotland's leading children's charity, operating across most of its cities, with a large presence in Glasgow. The charity's important programmes assist kids and their families who are going through tough times, as well as those who have been the victims of abuse or neglect. 

You could get involved with the organisation's Comfort Teddies scheme in Glasgow, which sees people knitting teddy bears that are then given out to kids who have experienced traumatic events. Other roles include becoming a befriender and lending an ear to a child who needs support, or assisting with answering phone calls at the charity's helpline. Children 1st are always in need of people to help out with fundraising, either through personal challenges or at large events.  

Anipals Glasgow  

A fun non-profit youth group, Anipals - based just south of Glasgow city in East Renfrewshire - is specifically aimed at kids with an interest in wildlife and conservation. The charity invites children over 11 years old - and from any background - to join in with its community programmes, which promote confidence and provide them with somewhere safe to socialise.  

Anipals often teams up with local animal organisations to provide regular workshops and talks on animal care, in addition to running exciting trips to places like stables or wildlife centres. The charity also organises arts and crafts and educational sessions on animal handling. 

Why not get in touch with Anipals to see if they require more volunteers to assist with workshops? If you're an animal specialist, you could even offer to share your knowledge with the kids.  

Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity

The Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity does vital work to ensure babies and young kids get the best start in life, through world class medical care at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.  

The charity not only helps care for newborns and poorly children, but also funds critical research and aids in running creative play programmes for those in hospital.

Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity assists nearly 170,000 kids a year, thanks to their team of volunteers. Get involved by taking a look at current volunteering opportunities both in the hospital and at events, or by lending a hand with fundraising. You could even get your whole workplace involved with the charity's corporate volunteering scheme. 

PEEK - Possibilities for Each and Every Kid

PEEK was first founded in 2000, and offers creative learning and volunteering opportunities for children and young people in over 30 communities around the city. The organisation provides wonderful free-of-charge play, meaning every child can have fun and learn no matter what their family's financial circumstances are.   

The charity's aim is to boost the self-esteem and unlock the potential of local children through programmes that help them play, thrive and create. Why not volunteer to help out with an arts and crafts activity or to supervise their Let's Play Programmes? PEEK also offer volunteering opportunities to young people through their THRIVE programme, which then equip them with valuable skills and experience for later life. 


If you'd like to know more about getting involved in volunteering in your community, take a look at our Local Causes page and find opportunities near you.

Last updated: 30/06/2021

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