people at Glasgow City Mission

Volunteering - It's a people thing.

We have more than 210 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.

Day time opportunities to help at one of our clubs or activities. Right now, we're particularly in need of more volunteers 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.

Child and Family Centre volunteering

Day time opportunities to help support play workers as they work with children at our Pre-school Nursery.

  • 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



Glasgow Winter Night Shelter

Our volunteer teams are all now in place for Winter 2017/18; no further applications for volunteering this winter will be processed. 


Going deeper - intentional discipleship

We know that serving at Glasgow City Mission has an impact on those who volunteer - change takes place and it is part of a spiritual journey of faith. We plan to be more intentional about this process.

We’re looking for a small group of individuals willing to go deeper in their volunteering experience with Glasgow City Mission. Not only will you be volunteering, you will be taking time with other staff and volunteers to reflect biblically on your experiences.

The programme will require support from your local church and a willingness to be open to challenges, critique and a desire to journey with God. You may be an existing volunteer looking to go deeper or you’re new to Glasgow City Mission and you’ve yet to apply.

Please simply complete the application form below and add a covering letter expressing your interest in “Going Deeper – Intentional Discipleship”


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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  • Kiltwalk: Together for Homelessness

    Take part in the Dundee Kiltwalk: Together for Homelessness and raise money to tackle homelessness across Scotland. Walks ranging from 6 miles to 23 miles.

  • Doors Open Day 2018

    Join us for our open day as part of this year’s Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival. Find out first-hand about our work with men and women affected by homelessness, and learn about the preventative work we do at our Child and Family Centre.

  • Kiltwalk: Together for Homelessness

    Take part in the Edinburgh Kiltwalk: Together for Homelessness and raise money to tackle homelessness across Scotland. Walks ranging from 6 miles to 23 miles.


  • Harvest Appeal launches

    Harvest Appeal launches

    This Harvest, we’re looking to double our street outreach service to reach more vulnerable people on Glasgow’s streets. Can you help us?

  • Glasgow City Mission wins Charity of the Year award

    Awards celebrate “the success and achievements of the local community – the people and the businesses that work tirelessly to make a difference and contribute to the development of the city we all love”.


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