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Glasgow Girls Club looks to tackle loneliness and isolation

A ‘digital notice board’ is being developed to help people feeling isolation and loneliness in the West End.

A ‘digital notice board’ is being developed to help people feeling loneliness and isolation in the West End.

Glasgow Girls Club is reaching out to communities and organisations that provide support and services and inviting them to get involved.

The not-for-profit organisation created a digital directory for Springburn last year.

It has now got funding to set up a free service for the city’s Hillhead ward.

Project manager Sophie Thomson would love to hear from groups and individuals in the area.

The ward covers Hillhead, North Kelvinside, Kelvingrove, Woodlands and Woodside.

Sophie said the idea was to provide people with an easy way to find out what is being offered in their local community. 

“The Digital Notice Board will be quickly accessible to inform and benefit those in the local area.  

“The service relays information on all local services and facilities which are on offer in the community. 

“The services we will tell people about can range from advice on what’s available during the COVID-19 pandemic, to help finding employment, to the book club just around the corner.” 

She said: “Gaining access to local services and being connected to those around them is vital to boost our mental health and confidence in these tough times.  

Glasgow Girls Club / Sophie Thomson
Glasgow Girls Club / Sophie Thomson

“We hope to reach everyone in the community who are facing challenges connected to loneliness, isolation, financial hardship, job loss and bereavement. 

“We are aware that many organisations provides/hosts these types of services in the local area.

“However, we hope that our notice board can help them reach a wider audience, as visitors won’t need to have a social media account to see our notice board.”

We hope to reach everyone in the community who are facing challenges connected to loneliness, isolation, financial hardship, job loss and bereavement

Sophie Thomson

Glasgow Girls Club was inspired by ‘Lower East Side Girls Club’ in New York that has been providing pathways for young women since 1996.

The Glasgow group's website reads: “Glasgow Girls Club creates a space for girls and young women to harness their individual power, bust stereotype myths and break down societal barriers.  

“Glasgow Girls Club uses the social entrepreneurship and the creative industries as vehicles to enable young women to be strong, bold, socially conscious advocates and leaders in their immediate and wider community.”

First minister Nicola Sturgeon is the organisation’s honorary chairperson.

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