Food banks and other sources of help
On this page
- Glasgow Helps
- Food and foodbanks
- Online access for vulnerable people
- For parents and carers
- For young people
- For older people
- For refugees
- Domestic abuse helplines
- Advice, benefits and scams
- Mental health
- Dementia support
- Cancer support
- Heart disease support
- Library resources
- Bus and train travel
Glasgow Helps is a new service set up to work directly with the people of Glasgow.
The service offers free, confidential support, information and advice for citizens on a wide range of issues including:
- Fuel Support
- Food Support
- Mental Health
- Physical Health
- Housing Issues and much more.
Call 0141 276 1185 to speak to a member of the team, or fill in the referral form on the Glasgow Helps website.
Food and foodbanks
There are a number of organisations across Glasgow who support people experiencing difficulties with the cost of food or with accessing food. These include food banks, food pantries and community groups with community fridges.
- BJO Amara Association
Telephone or text 07450 939946 to book a pick-up time slot. Open Thursday and Friday 11am to 3pm.
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
- Courtyard Pantry and cafe
2 Westercommon Drive, G22 5PG
Telephone 0141 589 7419
Shop open Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am to 3pm
Cafe open Monday, Thursday and Friday: 10am to 2pm
Local people can become members of the pantry for £1. They can then spend £2.50 in return for food and household goods worth £10 to £15 per visit.
- NAJRA Helping Hands
351 Bilsland Drive, opposite Ruchill Park, G20 9LT
Community food cupboard open to anyone.
Wednesday and Thursday: 10am to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 4pm
74 Closeburn Street, G22 5ST
Hot meals delivered to anyone in north Glasgow (£4.50 for 3 courses).
Monday to Friday: 10.30am to 1.30pm
Telephone 0141 336 3562
- 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.
Tips on saving food
- Less food waste means you save money. Kitchen tips, recipes and advice on food storage at Love Food hate waste
Online access for vulnerable people
Support is available for people who have difficulty getting online.
- The Connecting Scotland initiative aims to connect more people on low incomes to help them access services and support.
- North West Glasgow Voluntary Sector Network take donations of IT equipment and referrals for free recycled IT equipment for people and families in North West Glasgow. The project has full recycled IT packages ready to give out. More information is available on their website or contact Martina on 0141 952 7090/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
For parents and carers
- Care Information Scotland support for carers
- Carers Scotland
- National Parent Forum for Scotland
- Parent Club Scotland
- The Scottish Natural Heritage Outdoor Learning Directory news section signposts regularly updated nature-based news, activities and resources from Scotland, the UK and further afield.
For young people
- Young Scot
- Download this PDF containing all sorts of links and information for young people in North West Glasgow. It was originally a COVID-19 response but contains other useful information.
For older people
- Age Scotland Coronavirus page and telephone helpline 0800 12 44 222
- Good Morning Service telephone befriending service for older people (tel. 0141 336 7766 or 0333 101 0036)
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 email@example.com 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
- National LGBT & Domestic Abuse Helpline
Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Call 0800 999 5428
- 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
Advice and benefits
- Benefits you’re entitled to: see mygov.scot and gov.uk
- Glasgow Life welfare and benefits advice
- Citizens Advice
- Glasgow City Council coronavirus advice and information
- Low income help (Citizens Advice website)
- Trading Standards Scotland. Find out more about doorstep scams, cyber scams, fake medical products and holiday cancellation scams on their coronavirus scams page.
- Scottish housing advice: Shelter
- Bereavement support: Cruse Scotland. Free support helpline: 0808 802 6161
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com.
Samaritans volunteers are available to speak to you day or night, 24/7 and 365 days of the year.
- Alzheimer Scotland 24 hour Freephone Dementia Helpline 0808 808 3000. firstname.lastname@example.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.
- 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 email@example.com 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.
Heart disease support
- British Heart Foundation (BHF) Heart Helpline. Our specialist nurses are here for you, just a call or click away. Call 7 days 0300 330 3311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Online library resources
- Find information and download ebooks, audio books and music from GlasgowLife