Glasgow City Mission is well known for providing meals and support to people who have found themselves homeless or in difficulty. But to see change in people’s lives, we must tackle the underlying issues and provide opportunities to move forwards. That’s where our Urban Café comes in.
Thanks to a generous gift left in the will of one of our amazing supporters and former volunteers, our Urban Café space has recently been overhauled and relaunched with new classes, activities, music room sessions, fitness gym, computers, discussions and great coffee. The café space and the programme have been purposely designed to help people uncover their skills and abilities, build relationships, grow in confidence and feel hopeful.
The programme is designed in three-month blocks with each person agreeing what they want to achieve. Staff then work alongside people to help them achieve their goals. Clare who co-ordinates the weekly programme of activities says, “I want Urban to be a fun, aspirational space, a place where people want to come to, but also to leave it in time too once they’ve achieved their goals.”
Daryl is a regular at Urban. He says about the new space, “It’s brilliant. I really like coming to Urban. I’ve found some of the new things really helpful. I struggle to express myself but some of the new discussion groups have really helped me open up and talk about stuff. Meeting new people and the social aspect of Urban is great too.”
I struggle to express myself but some of the new discussion groups have really helped me open up and talk about stuff.”
Gifts in wills make a substantial impact
This week is ‘Remember a Charity in your Will Week’. “Much of the growth and development at Glasgow City Mission over recent years is because many years ago, faithful supporters made the decision to support the charity through a gift in their will,” explains Graham Steven, Partnerships Manager.
“We are so thankful to have received this latest gift which has had a demonstrable impact on the people who use our Urban Café. Not only is Urban better equipped, open for longer and providing a warmer welcome, the range of new activities and classes means people have greater opportunities to discover their God-given talents and find ways to move forwards in their lives.
“Few of us like to think about death and making wills, but by taking the time to do this, we can be sure we leave the legacy that we wish for our families and those around us.”
Quick guide to leaving a lasting legacy
- Once you’ve taken care of your loved ones, a gift in your will, big or small, will make a substantial difference in providing practical Christian care at Glasgow City Mission.
- Your solicitor can help you through the process of creating or amending your will. If you don’t have a solicitor, we’ve partnered with McClure Solicitors who will create or amend a will for free in return for an optional donation to charity. Find out more.
- You can choose to leave a share of your estate, a fixed sum, or a specific item such as a piece of jewellery or shares.
- Any gift you make is exempt from inheritance tax because of our charitable status.
- Download and complete our Legacy Pledge form (pdf)