people at Glasgow City Mission

Volunteering - It's a people thing.

We have more than 150 dedicated volunteers giving their time and skills to help support our work. We couldn't even begin to measure their value and impact. 

We are looking for people all year round

We are looking for people who have a desire to help, are good listeners and have a heart for those in need in our city.

Because we seek to build meaningful relationships with our guests, we do not accept volunteers just for Christmas and instead look for an all-year round commitment.

Volunteers should be in sympathy with our Christian ethos and have an active Christian faith.

Watch short videos of two of our volunteers talk about what volunteering for Glasgow City Mission is like: watch the videos

What our volunteers are saying

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Friday day-time volunteer

"A great bunch of people with a brilliant message and nice cup of tea! Glasgow City Mission does a fantastic job reaching out to the community and it's a privilege to play even a small part in that!"

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Wednesday and Friday daytime volunteer

"Through volunteering I am being blessed myself as the experience has made me more understanding. And God is building me up spiritually."

Volunteering Opportunities

We have the following volunteering opportunities at our projects:


City Centre Project volunteering

Evening opportunities to be part of the team that helps provide food and support to homeless and vulnerable adults. Opportunities exist right now across each of our evening teams and Saturday afternoons.

Day time opportunities to help at one of our clubs or activities. Right now, we're particularly in need of more volunteers to help in our kitchen, to support our Urban cafe space on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

  • Serve with a dedicated team
  • Participate in a practical expression of Christian Mission
  • Provide stability for vulnerable people living chaotic lives
  • Help people move forward in their lives
  • Witness the joy of lives transformed
  • Be part of a life-giving process

We need people with a variety of life skills, from IT, to creative arts, language skills to cooking. Above all we need people who can sit down and have a chat with someone over a cup of coffee.

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Child and Family Centre volunteering

Day time opportunities to help support play workers as they work with children and parents at our Child & Family Centre.

  • Work with a fully qualified experienced team

  • Help build relationships with children and families in Linthouse

  • Enjoy the rewarding experience of helping children grow in confidence


Night Shelter volunteering

Night shelter volunteering opportunities

We have a range of volunteering opportunities for this year's Glasgow Winter Night Shelter, operational from December 1 to March 31.

  • Full Night 9pm – 8am: 
    helping with a range of tasks throughout the night including setting up/down the shelter, chatting and listening with guests, assisting guests, storing luggage, and supporting the staff team.

  • Twilight 9pm – 12 midnight:
    extra help for when it’s busy, supporting guests to quickly and safely enter the shelter.

  • Sunrise 6.45am – 8am:
    extra help for the morning rush, waking guests, providing breakfast, and clearing away mattresses.

Application process

We are supporting some very vulnerable adults and children that we want to protect, so potential volunteers have to go through three steps below before being accepted:

  1. Read our Volunteering Information Pack (pdf) and complete our Application Form 
  2. An informal interview
  3. Disclosure Scotland / Protection of Vulnerable Groups Checks




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Volunteering experiences



  • Summer fun in Govan

    Ahead of our October Family Holiday Club, we look back on a great summer.

  • Winter Connect: Together again

    It has been brilliant to be able to meet outdoors over the summer. Read more in this issue of Connect.


  • A bit of a wobble

    In her latest blog, Chaplain Marion Carson asks: “Why is it good for our faith to be tested?”

  • Daring to hope

    “Where people have lost hope, we dare to hope on their behalf,” says our Chaplain Marion in her latest blog, which focusses on our street outreach.

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