Voices from across the Cathcart Constituency...
Ross Galbraith, International Projects Manager at Glasgow the Caring City
Glasgow the Caring City- a charity thinking local and acting global.
For many, the name Glasgow the Caring City doesn’t tend to ring any bells. What are they, what do they do, how do they do it? The easiest way to explain is to the think of us as a local charity, based here in Glasgow, which supports communities to change and improve their own futures. We use these basic principles of supporting local people to tackle local issues, as the foundation of our work in Scotland and overseas too.
We were founded by in 1999 as a body to support refugees arriving in our city from Eastern Europe. Since then, we have evolved into a charity which has an agenda to care for children in crisis, develop community solutions to challenging problems and protect our environment through active citizenship.
Today, our work is most notable across the south of Glasgow where we engage with schools, colleges and business through our GOAL initiative. ‘Goal’ is about building young peoples capacity to actively contribute to society, develop their knowledge of modern social issues and become stakeholders in the future shape of their community.
Internationally, our work follows on the same principles; active contribution, development of knowledge and future-building. In areas across Northern Uganda and South Sudan, the name ‘Glasgow the Caring City’- Glasgow’s charity- rings aloud as an organisations transforming lives. From our internationally acclaimed learning farms, to our health clinics, teacher training college and technical engineering school; Glasgow’s charity is training thousands to fabricate their own future prosperity.
In 2012 our local MSP, James Dornan, accompanied our development manager, Ross Galbraith, on a visit to Uganda and South Sudan. The visit was to gauge the extent and impact of Glasgow the Caring City’s work and forge bonds between activities overseas, with the work of our charity within his constituency. James visited Human Technical College in Lira where he met thousands of students studying construction, engineering, nursing and journalism. His visit took him into warn torn South Sudan where he met farmers reengaging with agriculture after years of conflict, mothers delivering children in a purpose built clinic and teachers training to deliver nationwide education to millions of children.
A highlight of James visit was inspecting the site of our new orchard, funded by the children of Cathcart Old Parish Church. The orchard, located on a site which was cleared for unexploded ordinance prior to use, will provide vital vitamins to the local diet, keeping children health and free from illness. This month, April 2013, the orchard opens to the public as a training centre educating locals on the benefits of fruit in their diet, sustainable agriculture and general health. Yet another creative and highly valuable project by Glasgow the Caring City- Glasgow’s charity.