Posted by: the3rdi | May 23, 2011

Charity hub opens in Glasgow’s Merchant City

Charity hub opens in Glasgow’s Merchant City

Charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Glasgow are today welcoming the opening of a brand new charity “hub”. Officially opened by City Council leader Gordon Matheson, Brunswick House in the Merchant City is set to become a home to charities from across Glasgow and beyond.

Owned by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), the building already hosts several organisations including Citizens’ Advice Direct and anti-sectarianism group Nil by Mouth.

SCVO’s Convener Alison Elliot said the new building would provide a wealth of opportunities for local groups.
“Brunswick House is a fantastic new hub for the third sector in Glasgow. It is already giving charities the chance to work alongside similar organisations to network and share ideas. Already, business deals have been achieved by organisations working alongside each other here. In these difficult financial times, sharing office space saves money and staff time which means organisations can focus on making a positive difference to people’s lives across Scotland.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson said:
“I’m delighted that this new charity hub has opened in the heart of Glasgow. The third sector already has a significant presence in the city and bringing many of these organisations together will allow them to build on the excellent work they do for people in Glasgow and further afield.”

Billy Watson, Chief Executive of SAMH said:
“In August 2009 our Board of Trustees took the decision to purchase a 50% share of Brunswick House. This was a significant decision and one that reflects SAMH’s ambition to take positive mental health messages to new audiences. SAMH already has a strong national presence, with over eighty services across Scotland. Purchasing part of Brunswick House means we now also have a high street presence in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City, giving us an excellent central location from which to campaign, promote mental health and provide services.”

Charlie Barker, Director of the Social Care Ideas Factory said:
“Brunswick House has been hugely successful for us in terms of networking and being in the centre of town and having nearly all our partner organisations within walking distance”.
“We are also very impressed with the mix of organisations that are here. It’s been really beneficial and we have started for fostering opportunities for joint working, with two or three specific pieces of work in the pipeline.”

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