Glasgow Council on Alcohol
GCA 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.
GCA 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
GCA 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
GCA is delighted to be launching a new service “Building Positive Pathways” which aims to raise awareness of the impact of adverse childhood experiences. The focus will be on health and wellbeing and support survivors to develop healthy coping skills in a safe and supportive environment.
Building positive pathways promotes individuals choice and offers a range of self-directed support for survivors. Building positive pathways will also provide:
- One to One Support for Survivors
- Group Work Programme for Survivors
- Support to Access Other Services for example Counselling, Primary Health Care
- Awareness and Training
Building positive pathways will promote partnership working and aims to compliment existing services within Glasgow supporting the development of trauma informed services. Building positive pathways are presently working with a range of partners including NHS GG&C Psychological Trauma Service and is keen to build and develop further partnerships.
To find out more about this service please contact the Building Positive Pathways Team on 0141 353 1800 or by email: email@example.com
Download our Health Improvement Programme.
Two weeks of taster workshops will run from 11th July to the 22nd July (Please see the Building Positive Pathways Team for further details).
The full group work programme will begin on Monday 28th July.
Building Postive Pathways
14 North Claremont Street
Tel. 0141 353 1800
National Volunteers’ Week took place this year from the 1st June to 12th June and to celebrate GCA had a full schedule of events planned to say thank you for the contribution our volunteers give to GCA all year round. The celebrations commenced with a Conversation Café where all were invited to meet the volunteer board members. A range of activities had been organised throughout, including Dreamcatcher workshops, group Reiki sessions and training sessions to which all volunteers were invited to participate. Beauty therapist students from Glasgow Kelvin College and City of Glasgow College volunteered their time to provide short pampering treatments such as head and shoulder massages for our volunteers!
Events also took place within communities across the city to showcase GCA and the services provided and to encourage people to volunteer with us. The culmination of the celebration was a volunteer Open Day to which anyone interested in volunteering invited to join us at North Claremont Street.
Each volunteer was presented with a certificate and personalised gift as a small token of the appreciation from all at GCA.
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.
Would you like to support GCA’s work supporting families, individuals and communities by reducing the harm of alcohol and drugs? GCA welcomes donations via text and the good news is that it is so simple to do.
Text GCAL23 then the amount you wish to donate eg. £1/£3/£10 to 70070
GCA offers counselling, advice and support to individuals, families and communities at no cost. We can continue to do this with your help. We are grateful of any donations no mateer how small.
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.