Glasgow Council on Alcohol
Glasgow Council on Alcohol is a voluntary organisation working with individuals, families and communities to promote health and wellbeing. We offer direct support for people to abstain from alcohol or reduce their alcohol consumption, provide training and education and work in partnership with communities and other agencies to achieve our main aim of reducing the harm caused by alcohol and drugs.
Glasgow Council on Alcohol will use its position as Glasgow’s leading voluntary organisation tackling the misuse of alcohol to:
- Improve health and wellbeing
- Address inequalities in service provision and enable wider access to services
- Improve alcohol and drug education
- Work alongside partners in the provision of services and education
- Influence the social climate to reduce harmful alcohol consumption
Glasgow Council on Alcohol values and respects the diversity of people and understands that:
- Health is vital to individuals, family relationships, communities and society
- Everyone has the right to live in safety
- Everyone has the right to be accepted and treated equally
- Everyone should have access to education, information and high quality confidential services
- Services should be client centred, respectful and non-judgemental; their staff and volunteers do not exploit, oppress or cause physical or emotional harm to others
Have you ever wanted to train to be a counsellor, help others or are you interested in adding to your existing skills within a helping role? We offer accredited training by qualified counsellors at our city centre training centre.
This course provides a professionally recognised qualification and a general introduction to counselling course. This course is aimed at individuals working or volunteering in a helping role but is also a useful starting point for anyine wishing to pursue a career in counselling or psychotherapy.
Glasgow Council on Alcohol has delivered COSCA courses for many years and both COSCA Trainers bring a wealth of experience to their roles. GCA delivers COSCA from a safe and comfortable learning setting within Glasgow City Centre which is easily accessed by public transport.
There are no formal entry requirements but experience in a helping role is desirable.
“Past graduates include individuals from a range of professional backgrounds and individuals with lived experience.”
Tel 0141 353 1800 or email email@example.com or visit our website www.glasgowcouncilonalcohol.org to book your place.
* Our next COSCA Counselling Skills (Day course) will begin on 19th April 2016, Contact us for details.
Our Boardroom, Training Rooms, Counselling Rooms and Kitchen facilities are available for hire on a one off or block booking basis. We offer flexible working week rates and discouts for block booking. Our facilities have free WiFi and a networked overhead projector is available in our training rooms. Our Boardroom caters for up to 25 delegates and our training room offers spaces for up to 40 people.
GLASGOW has launched its sixth NiteZone as thousands of festive revellers prepare to hit the city for Christmas nights out. Festive partygoers are being urged to use the new NiteZone in West George Street at Anchor Lane and others around the city to get home swiftly and safely. A new SafeZone is also being set up at St George’s Tron Church of Scotland in Buchanan Street and Nelson Mandela Place.
It is a safe, central location where anyone in need of help can go during a night out. It will operate in addition to the existing NiteZones, extra policing and patrols by Glasgow Street Pastors and officers from Community Safety Glasgow. Free mobile phone charging is also being offered at the SafeZone and by volunteer Street Pastors to help partygoers stay safe and connected amid the festive fun.
The SafeZone will run until January 1st as part of a pilot carried out by Glasgow Street Pastors with support from Police Scotland, Community Safety Glasgow, Chill Welfare and Glasgow Council on Alcohol. The initiative will be reviewed in the New Year and may become permanent if successful.
The new NiteZone in West George Street at Anchor Lane brings the total in the city centre to four. The others are Sauchiehall Street, Albion Street and Gordon Street. There are a further two at Langside Avenue in Shawlands and Byres Road in the West End. Homesafe Marshals will be at the ranks to ensure the queues are orderly and taxis are boarded quickly.
The project will run on Fri &Sat nights over the next 6 weeks (10.00pm – 3.30am) and GCA are providing Alcohol Support to the project during this time.
Glasgow Council on Alcohol’s new Freephone Helpline is launched this week. Our number is 0808 802 9000 and is free from mobiles and landlines. We aim to provide help, advice and information to individuals and their families experiencing alcohol-related problems.
The helpline will be open between 10am and 8pm Monday to Wednesday and 10am to 5pm Thursday and Friday.
"Working together with the people of Glasgow to tackle the misuse of alcohol and drugs and encourage resilient communities"
GCA offer a range of services:
Alcohol, Drugs and Older People
We offer a range of community based engagement programmes to reach out to adults and older people and work in partnership to challenge attitudes, increase knowledge and improve skills to enable individuals to make safer choices.
Alcohol and Women
We develop a range of programmes in partnership with other organisations andcommunities to engage with women, explore issues around alcohol and encourage positive lifestyle choices.
Alcohol Brief Interventions
Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABIs) are short structured conversations which support an
individual to explore their alcohol use. GCA provides the opportunity for individuals to
explore their alcohol use within local community settings and provides ABIs and
signposting as appropriate.
Community Alcohol Campaigns
A multi-partner approach to working with the licensing process, promoting responsible consumption and engaging and working within communities to identify and respond to alcohol related problems at a neighbourhood level.
A range of training and resources for community based staff supporting their workforce
development and increasing their confidence to explore alcohol and drug issues.
Volunteering, Training and Employment Opportunities
The Ripple Effect programme is a participatory approach to exploring and responding to the effects of alcohol and drugs within the community. GCA offers a positive and encouraging environment for community researchers to develop through the
G31 Centre (formerly The Bambury Centre)
67 Yate Street
0141 556 6631
Glasgow Council on Alcohol are one of more than 130 employers who have signed up to the Glasgow Living Wage. What is a Living Wage?...... The Living wage is a term used to describe the minimum hourly wage necessary for shelter (housing and incidentals such as clothing and other basic needs) and nutrition for a person for an extended period of time (lifetime). This standard generally means that a person working full-time, with no additional income, should be able to afford a specified quality or quantity of housing, food, utilities, transport, health care, and recreation.
The Glasgow Living Wage was launched in March 2009. It sets a new guaranteed minimum standard of income for all Council workers, set at £7.85 an hour.