Community Development

Community Development is a key priority of our Community Learning and Development plan.  It is about supporting people to participate in their communities and to volunteer and be involved in decisions which affect them and the area they live.  The Community Empowerment Act means that everyone has a right to a say on decisions that affect their community and the services they receive from public bodies. This sections gives details of programmes and ways in which people can get involved.


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Community Asset Transfer (CAT) involves the transfer of the responsibility for an asset from the Council to a community group or voluntary organisation. This can be done through either a transfer of management responsibility, short or long term lease, or through the transfer of outright ownership.

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People Make Glasgow Communities is a programme, through which, help and support can be accessed by more people and organisations to support their ambitions to deliver services in their communities.

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The Glasgow Community Planning Partnership brings key public, private, community and voluntary representatives together with the aim of delivering better, more joined-up public services in the city.

More information here. 

It’s estimated that 109,500 people (The Scottish Household Survey 2017) volunteer in Glasgow through a wide range of diverse opportunities in public and third sector organisations. From large one off events like to European Championship 2018 to weekly ESOL tutoring.

Glasgow’s Volunteering Charter was developed to demonstrate organisations commitment to providing high quality volunteering opportunities in the city. As a Charter signatory, your organisation will commit to:

  • Create and expand appropriate opportunities for volunteering within your organisation


  • Ensure your opportunities are accessible to all sections of the community, and that your volunteering workforce reflects the demographics of the city


  • Facilitate and enable your staff, members and/or service users to undertake volunteering activity which improves their wellbeing and benefits Glasgow.

For more information about the charter and support for volunteer engaging organisations visit Volunteer Glasgow.

Identifying and attaining funding is a huge part of the work required to support Community Development. Click on the links below for more information about grants and funding in Glasgow and services that can support organisations.

GCVS Funding

First Port 

Glasgow Communities Fund

Glasgow First Funding Stop

Glasgow Life

CLD is instrumental in improving opportunities for people to connect and contribute to their local area.

There is a large and diverse network of services and structures to across Glasgow to support citizens and Communities to make the best use of their local skills and experiences to make their communities thrive.

From support to develop new groups and strengthen existing ones, to shaping services and increasing the quality and number of volunteer opportunities.