What We Do and Why We Do It

What We Do and Why We Do It

Glasgow Life is a charity that delivers cultural, sporting and learning activities on behalf of Glasgow City Council.

At the heart of everything we do is our vision: to inspire Glasgow’s citizens and visitors to lead richer and more active lives through culture, sport and learning.

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest, busiest and friendliest city, but we believe we can make it even better. We believe that greater access to cultural, sporting and learning activities can help our city – and our citizens – to thrive.

Our purpose is to provide Glasgow’s residents and visitors with that greater access; to deliver better cultural, sporting and learning services and opportunities and inspire everyone to make the most of them. In doing so we aim to make a positive impact on individuals, the communities in which they live and the city as a whole.

We’re working hard to help stage a truly spectacular celebration that will leave the city with stronger sporting, cultural and learning assets, and residents eager to use them. ​

Our Services


Glasgow Arts encourages access and participation in the arts among the widest possible range of people and supports individual artists, performers and arts organisations. The team is also responsible for artistic  and educational programming at  GoMA,Tramway and Trongate 103.


Glasgow Communities’ three Area Teams provide a varied range of services and facilities for communities across the city. The Learning team organise community based adult literacy and numeracy support in local venues, providing learning opportunities in a comfortable and familiar environment. In 2015/16 our community-based teams reached over 12,500 young people and recorded just 64,000 attendances.


The Glasgow Events team is responsible for the majority of the City’s sports and cultural events. From the World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green to the Merchant City Festival and Glasgow Mela,  they produce a packed calendar of regular and one-off events and continue to work in partnership with a number of organisations and agencies to attract even more international events to the city.


With 32 libraries in communities across Glasgow as well as the iconic Mitchell Library, Glasgow Libraries are proud to provide a free library service to everyone living, working or studying in Glasgow. In addition to book loans, our services include free wifi, home visits, internet access, computer courses, events and activities for all ages.


In addition to the nine municipal museums (including the Burrell Collection, Riverside Museum and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum), the Glasgow Museums  Resource Centre looks after the city’s vast collection of artworks and artefacts – one of the richest in Europe with around 1.4 million objects.


Comprising iconic venues such as the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket; the internationally renowned Celtic Connections music festival, annual concert series and an extensive learning and participation programme, Glasgow Music plays a key role in Glasgow’s position as a UNESCO City of Music.


Glasgow Sport provides residents with the opportunity to access facilities that are quite literally world class. Aside from the Emirates Arena, Scotstoun Sports Campus and Tollcross International Swimming Pool, the Glasgow Club has facilities across the city and offers free golf and swimming to under 18s and over 60s. Glasgow Sport also supports coaches and volunteers throughout the city to give back to their communities.

Young Glasgow

Glasgow Life prioritises free and discounted services for young people through the Young Scot and Kidz Cards, and promotes the wide range of benefits available in our Young Glasgow and Young Glasgow Families magazines. There are now over 36,000 Kidz Card holders and just under 33,000 GYS holders.

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