Sources of help

Browse this page for all sorts of ways to find help.

This page has been updated since it began during the COVID-19 pandemic, but please let us know if you notice that any of the information is out of date.

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Glasgow Helps

Glasgow Helps provides an online directory of organisations to ensure that people can find the support they need. You can search on the Glasgow Helps website or get in touch by

There is also a list of organisations providing help in North West Glasgow: glasgowhelps.org/region/north-west-glasgow/.

Food and foodbanks

Local foodbanks

  • BJO Amara Association
    Tel 07397080956 to book a pick-up time slot, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and alternate Saturdays, 10am–4pm.
    The Quadrangle
    59 Ruchill St
    Glasgow G20 9PX
  • Glasgow NW Trussell Trust Foodbank
    Please note you will need a voucher from a referring agency such as a housing association, social work or a health visitor.
    Thursdays 12 noon – 2pm.
    Ruchill Kelvinside Parish Church
    15–17 Shakespeare Road
    Glasgow G20 8TH
  • St Gregory’s Catholic Church
    Monday to Friday 10 am to 12 noon.
    130 Kelvindale Road
    Glasgow G20 8DP
  • Urban Roots Free Food Map
    The map will direct you to foodbanks, meals (community and emergency) and fruit and veg barras in Glasgow. All foodbanks and meals are free or pay what you can unless stated otherwise: www.urbanroots.org.uk/freefood
  • Woodlands Community Seasonal Fruit and Veg Box Scheme
    Fortnightly seasonal fruit and veg box for local people on a ‘pay what you can afford basis’, but if you are struggling financially you do not have to pay anything.

Food and toiletries delivery

  • Refuweegee can deliver support packages to you or someone you know in Glasgow. This service is open to EVERYONE.
    Toiletries package (incl. toilet roll, nappies).
    Food package
    Entertainment – toys, board games, books.
    Our volunteers have been trained in zero-contact, doorstep deliveries. You will be given details of this when requesting a package. Text PACK to 07520648388 to request items. See www.refuweegee.co.uk for more information, to see the information in other languages or to volunteer.

Buying food for home delivery

Please note we are not endorsing any particular supplier: these are suppliers that have been recommended to us.

  • Barvas & James local fruit & veg box delivery scheme (£20 per box, free delivery): info@barvasandjames.com
  • Parsley Box ready meals that can be stored for up to 6 months in a cupboard rather than the freezer; delivery within 2 to 3 days. Order online or call 0800 612 7225

Tips on saving food

  • Less food waste means you save money. Kitchen tips, recipes and advice on food storage at Love Food hate waste

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Fuel bills and energy saving tips

Online access for vulnerable people

  • Not everyone has access to the internet: do you know someone who needs support to get online? See the Connecting Scotland initiative, which aims to connect up to 9,000 more people on low incomes to help them access services and support and connect with friends and family during the pandemic.

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For parents and carers

For young people

For older people

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Domestic abuse helplines and support

  • Amina – Muslim Women’s Resource Centre
    Call 0808 801 0301. Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
  • AMIS – Scottish charity supporting men who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse. Free and confidential helpline 0808 800 0024 (9am to 4pm, weekdays). Email support@amis.org.uk at any time. See also Male Domestic Abuse Support in Glasgow. Open to any man who lives in Scotland and is over 16 years old, inclusive of transgender and non-heterosexual men. Anyone concerned about a man can also use our services to get information and advice.
  • Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage
    Call 0800 027 1234 (open 24/7).
  • Glasgow Women’s Aid
    Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
    Call 0141 553 2022.
  • Glasgow & Clyde Rape Crisis
    Monday to Friday 11am to 4pm
    Call 08088 00 00 14
    FB @GlasgowRapeCrisis
    Twitter @RCCGlasgow
    Instagram @glasgowandclydercc
  • National LGBT & Domestic Abuse Helpline
    Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
    Call 0800 999 5428
    Email help@galop.org.uk
  • Rape Crisis Scotland
    Daily 6pm to 12 midnight
    Available for survivors of all forms of sexual violence and abuse
    Call 08088 01 03 02
    Text 07537 410 027
    Email support@RapeCrisisScotland.org.uk

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Advice and benefits

Housing

  • Scottish housing advice – coronavirus (COVID-19): Shelter

Mental health

  • Breathing Space: A confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16, feeling low, anxious or depressed.
    Need help now? Worried about someone? Call free on 0800 83 85 87. Opening hours:
    Weekdays: Monday–Thursday 6pm to 2am
    Weekend: Friday 6pm – Monday 6am
  • COPE Scotland phone support: please text 07763 743 296 or call 0141 944 5490 and leave a message with your name and number or email admin@cope-scotland.org and one of the team will call you back.
  • Samaritans: Whatever you’re going through, call us free any time, from any phone, on 116 123. Or email us: jo@samaritans.org.
    Samaritans volunteers are available to speak to you day or night, 24/7 and 365 days of the year.

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Dementia support

  • Alzheimer Scotland 24 hour Freephone Dementia Helpline 0808 808 3000. helpline@alzscot.org
    Our 24 hour Freephone Dementia Helpline is available for you whether you are looking for information, emotional support or just need someone to talk to. We have a team of dedicated and experienced volunteers willing to listen, many of whom have personal experience of caring for someone with dementia.

Cancer support

  • Macmillan Cancer Information & Support
    Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries support and information is available to provide emotional support and chat through any questions or concerns people have about cancer.
    You can contact the team at 0141 287 2903 or macmillan@glasgowlife.org.uk for cancer information, help to access financial support, or even just to talk about how you’re feeling. If someone would rather speak face to face, we are happy to schedule a video call at a time that suits the individual. People can also chat to us and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey / Macmillan Long Term Conditions
    Welfare benefit advice/form filling support (for all long term conditions including cancer) and Holistic Needs Assessments (for people affected by cancer) is available by telephone rather than face to face. For partners who regularly refer into ICJ or LTC, please continue to do so via ICJ@glasgow.gov.uk or LTC@glasgow.gov.uk The office telephone line will not always be manned therefore email referrals will be easier to manage and support provided quicker.
  • Macmillan Support Line
    The Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 can help with clinical, practical and financial information – available Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm.
  • Macmillan Online Community
    If you’re facing cancer, or love someone who is, there may be times when you need to talk about things or just hear from those who’ve been there. The Online Community has people who understand how you feel, because they’re facing cancer too. You can join groups relevant to your experiences, cancer type, being a carer, or life after cancer. Within groups you can respond to an existing discussion, or start a new one, write a blog, or read other blogs.

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Heart disease support

Online library resources

  • Find information and download ebooks, audio books and music from GlasgowLife

Travel

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