Bringing the local community together

Cllr Soryia Siddique
Cllr Soryia Siddique

Glasgow City Council brought together small community organisations in a bid to help them to strengthen their capacity and increase fundraising capability.

The Glasgow Makes Connections event attracted 131 people representing 103 community organisations. Those in attendance were provided free access to funders, funding information and support agencies.

The event, the first of its kind in the city, is primarily intended for small community groups who may not have the capacity or the skills to grow – or may not have made connections with potential funding partners.

Councillor Soryia Siddique, the chair of Glasgow Community Planning Partnership, said: “There are so many small community groups and organisations which are providing incredibly valuable services right across Glasgow, but not all of them have the support they need to fulfil their potential.

“I’m delighted that the event was such a success. We heard first-hand the incredible work that these community organisations are doing and we were able to sign-post them to where they can get the help and funding they need to do even more.

Glasgow City Council is leading the way in empowering our communities and what we’re doing is making a real difference right across the city.”

One participant said: “The best part of the day was having the ability to get people in a room that you have been wanting to get in a room for a long time and actually being able to make connections with work and we have already found a connection for working with young carers and it’s very exciting.”

One of the funding organisations on-hand to provide advice and support was BBC Children in Need.

Paul Liddell, the charity’s national officer in Scotland, said: “I got to meet and speak with a significant number of new organisations who hadn’t applied to BBC Children in Need before.

“They are doing amazing work with children and young people facing a range of disadvantages with the potential to be a strong fit with our priorities. We might not have had the chance to meet each other without this event.”

As well as providing advice and tips on making funding applications, staff were on-hand at the event to give practical help and support, with expert advice about committee skills, roles and responsibilities and improving governance structures.