Keeping Warm in Glasgow: Donation appeal launch for winter coats and hoodies

Glasgow City Council has joined forces with Glasgow Times and The Herald to launch a citywide campaign to appeal for donations of up cycled winter coats, jackets and hoodies!

Keeping Warm in Glasgow: Donation appeal launch for winter coats and hoodies

Article Source: Glasgow City Council
First Published: 10 November 2020 11:15
Updated: 10 November 2020 11:16

The clothing will be donated for Glasgow's children and young people in the fight against coronavirus over the cold months ahead.

Current advice and guidance to help suppress and reduce the spread of the virus in schools nationally includes increased ventilation in schools and classrooms and enhanced outdoor learning opportunities in order to help keep schools and nurseries open for learning and teaching.

Glasgow's schools and nurseries have for many years explored the benefits of outdoor learning on our pupils' mental health and wellbeing but this can raise a few challenges during the cold, winter spell in our city.

The last eight months have also taken a toll on the financial capacity of many of the city's families and the appeal is a way to help to try and ease this burden and offer support across Glasgow as we are all in this together.

Maureen McKenna, Executive Director of Education is very appreciative of the partnership with the Glasgow Times and The Herald to help promote the appeal to as many homes in the city and encourage people to use this as the ideal opportunity to upcycle clothes to help others.

Maureen said today: “We know this is an anxious and worrying time for everyone and we wanted to do something to ease some of the burden on our families over the winter months ahead as we adhere to the current government advice and guidance to help suppress and reduce the spread of the virus.

“This includes more outdoor learning - something that Glasgow has been advocating for many years to boost health and wellbeing.

“But we recognise that our children and young people need to be warm and cosy so that they can concentrate on their learning - especially during our cold winter days.

“We know that many of our families are experiencing hardships as a direct result of the ongoing pandemic. Our numbers for school clothing and footwear grants have risen - up from 32,000 in March this year to more than 36,000 this month.

“When we were planning for the schools returning we focused on the 3Rs - recovery, resilience and re-connection - and now through Keeping Warm in Glasgow we want to also look at another set of 3Rs - reuse, reduce and recycle!

“Our campaign is about donating good quality winter jackets and coats and warm hoodies - new/nearly new or clothes that children and young people have grown out of - but in perfectly good order for someone else to benefit from.

“This is the perfect opportunity to have a good clear out and help others into the bargain - and it could not be easier.

“We've joined forces with the Glasgow Times and The Herald and our colleagues at Glasgow Life so that there's a community centre drop off in most local areas and also a city centre location at The Lighthouse in Mitchell Lane.

“Please join us to help Keep Warm in Glasgow this winter.”


A number of community centres will accept donations of new/nearly new/good quality winter coats or jackets and self-coloured warm hoodies or sweatshirts with minimum branding where possible.

Drop off points:
Items can be handed into the following Glasgow Life community centres as well as The Lighthouse in Mitchell Lane in the city centre:

• Barlanark Community Centre
• Castlemilk Community Centre
• Bellcraig Community Centre
• Darnley Community Centre
• Govanhill Community Centre
• Maryhill Community Centre
• Possilpoint Community Centre
• Penilee Community Centre
• Ruchazie Community Centre

All the donations will then be sorted out centrally by a group of volunteers and a range of sizes and as close a match as possible to schools colours will then be delivered to our schools across the city to be distributed to their school community.

Mary McNulty, Headteacher at St Roch's Primary School knows how important it is to support families in these challenging times and is delighted to endorse the donation appeal.

Mary said: “We are all in this pandemic together.

“Our families are proud but they also support one another and we have been operating an 'upcycling uniform shop' for a number of years that works extremely well.

“Children grow at such a rate that the clothes don't always have a chance to get done - so why would you not pass them on to each other?

“Our children are out in all weathers because we know the benefits this can bring to learning and this year we will take this further in light of the advice and guidance to help keep schools open.

“Our children and young people can't lose any more time away from the classroom and our families know this so let's all support one another and we will hopefully be looking forward to a time when we can look back and reflect on the community spirit that got us through the worst of the pandemic.”

Latest Glasgow News

Drygate Presents Give Back Friday

Drygate Presents Give Back Friday

Glasgow brewery, Drygate, will be giving 10% of all online purchases to Drumchapel Food Bank in lieu of a Black Friday sale.

First Published: 26th November 2020
Glasgow Cocktail Collective launches new festive drinks bundles

Glasgow Cocktail Collective launches new festive drinks bundles

Glasgow Cocktail Collective launches new festive drinks bundles to celebrate Christmas with a bang!

First Published: 26th November 2020
The most enchanted musical of all time is to be reimagined in a brand new production!

The most enchanted musical of all time is to be reimagined in a brand new production!

Disney's beloved Olivier Award-winning stage musical Beauty and the Beast is heading out on a UK & Ireland Tour in 2021 which will include a 5 week run at The Edinburgh Playhouse!

First Published: 25th November 2020
Team behind The Rum Shack launch brand new rum subscription service

Team behind The Rum Shack launch brand new rum subscription service

The Rum Slinger, Scotland's newest monthly subscription-based UK-wide rum delivery service launches in time for Christmas!

First Published: 25th November 2020
Social Bite launches the Great Brownie Bake Off

Social Bite launches the Great Brownie Bake Off

Scotland’s leading homelessness charity is on the hunt for one star baker to get creative in the kitchen and produce a new brownie for its popular home delivery service.

First Published: 24th November 2020
Glasgow Distillery win Scottish Whisky Distillery of The Year

Glasgow Distillery win Scottish Whisky Distillery of The Year

Glasgow Distillery beat stiff competition from fellow industry peers, GlenAllachie Distillery and Ardbeg Distillery to win the Scottish Whisky Distillery of The Year award!

First Published: 23rd November 2020
Soar Braehead to prepare for exciting new rebrand during lockdown

Soar Braehead to prepare for exciting new rebrand during lockdown

Following the recent government announcement placing Glasgow under level four restrictions, Soar Braehead has revealed the team will use the next few weeks to prepare for an exciting new rebrand!

First Published: 20th November 2020
Virtual Market gives small businesses a lifeline this Christmas

Virtual Market gives small businesses a lifeline this Christmas

Scottish market events company is leading the way with the launch of an innovative new online shopping experience to support independent brands this Christmas.

First Published: 19th November 2020
Koor Launches series of Festive Workshops to get everyone singing together again this Christmas

Koor Launches series of Festive Workshops to get everyone singing together again this Christmas

Koor, a free app making individual choral practise enjoyable, launches a series of festive workshops to enable people to share the joy of singing from the safety of their own homes.

First Published: 18th November 2020
Dobbies teams up with Teenage Cancer Trust to thank local heroes

Dobbies teams up with Teenage Cancer Trust to thank local heroes

Dobbies, the UK's leading garden centre retailer, has teamed up with Teenage Cancer Trust to give local heroes a Christmas to remember!

First Published: 18th November 2020
Two Glasgow coasts and waters heritage projects receive funding

Two Glasgow coasts and waters heritage projects receive funding

Historic Environment Scotland has awarded funding to eighteen projects across the country including two in Glasgow.

First Published: 18th November 2020
Santa is zooming into Argyll Holidays this Christmas

Santa is zooming into Argyll Holidays this Christmas

Santa is dialling in from the North Pole to Argyll Holidays this year to spread festive cheer across all eight holiday parks!

First Published: 13th November 2020
The Rum Shack launches At Home food and cocktail delivery service!

The Rum Shack launches At Home food and cocktail delivery service!

South Side bar and Caribbean kitchen, The Rum Shack, launches 'Rum Shack at Home' food and cocktail delivery service!

First Published: 13th November 2020
New hybrid festival announced for Glasgow Film Festival 2021

New hybrid festival announced for Glasgow Film Festival 2021

Glasgow Film Festival announces hybrid festival for 2021, plus a new year-round online platform!

First Published: 12th November 2020
Princes Square Virtual Lights Switch On this Saturday!

Princes Square Virtual Lights Switch On this Saturday!

Princes Square kicks off Glasgow's festive season with a virtual switch-on and the chance to win a Christmas makeover for your home!

First Published: 12th November 2020
Mecca Bingo gears up to feed families this Christmas

Mecca Bingo gears up to feed families this Christmas

The team at Mecca Bingo Glasgow Quay have just launched their local Christmas campaign which aims to provide 50 food hampers for families in need in the south side area of the city.

First Published: 11th November 2020
Dobbies launches series of Christmas podcasts

Dobbies launches series of Christmas podcasts

As Christmas approaches, Dobbies, the UK's leading garden centre retailer, has released the first of three festive themed podcasts!

First Published: 11th November 2020
Sam Smith performs exclusively for Clyde 1 and Forth 1

Sam Smith performs exclusively for Clyde 1 and Forth 1

Clyde 1 and Forth 1 are set to broadcast an exclusive session from multi-award-winning global star, Sam Smith on Monday 16th November!

First Published: 11th November 2020
Love Glasgow This Christmas

Love Glasgow This Christmas

With the festive season looking different this year, Glasgow Loves Christmas is asking you to Love Glasgow this Christmas, stay within current guidelines and give your support to local businesses!

First Published: 10th November 2020
Keeping Warm in Glasgow: Donation appeal launch for winter coats and hoodies

Keeping Warm in Glasgow: Donation appeal launch for winter coats and hoodies

Glasgow City Council has joined forces with Glasgow Times and The Herald to launch a citywide campaign to appeal for donations of up cycled winter coats, jackets and hoodies!

First Published: 10th November 2020
Get on the nice list... itison Drive In Movies Christmas tickets released tomorrow

Get on the nice list... itison Drive In Movies Christmas tickets released tomorrow

Tickets for Scotland's biggest and best Christmas drive-in go on sale tomorrow morning at 7.30am!

First Published: 9th November 2020
Local businesses launch campaign to tackle food poverty in Glasgow

Local businesses launch campaign to tackle food poverty in Glasgow

The Gate and community football team, Glasgow Saints FC, come together to launch Close The Distance, a community charity campaign to tackle food poverty and help the most vulnerable across the city.

First Published: 9th November 2020
Timothy Oulton launches its first Scottish gallery in Glasgow

Timothy Oulton launches its first Scottish gallery in Glasgow

Daring furniture and interiors company Timothy Oulton has opened its first Scottish store in Princes Square, bringing its wildly original, story-filled store experience to the people of Glasgow.

First Published: 8th November 2020
Stay at Home Choir partners with Koor to deliver a global Christmas Celebration

Stay at Home Choir partners with Koor to deliver a global Christmas Celebration

The Stay At Home Choir have partnered with Koor, a free app that helps choral singers learn, improve and enjoy singing, to deliver their virtual Christmas celebration this year.

First Published: 6th November 2020
Scots encouraged to celebrate St Andrews Day

Scots encouraged to celebrate St Andrews Day

Communities across Scotland are being urged to celebrate Scotland’s national day on 30 November by wearing their kilt as part of the #GetYerKiltOn tourism initiative.

First Published: 6th November 2020
Join Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh and Glasgow as they reopen their doors this November

Join Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh and Glasgow as they reopen their doors this November

The iconic Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh and Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow are delighted to announce that they have reopened their doors this November.

First Published: 6th November 2020
Organisers of Glasgow Christmas Markets confirm they have been cancelled for 2020

Organisers of Glasgow Christmas Markets confirm they have been cancelled for 2020

Organisers of Glasgow's popular Christmas Markets, held in St. Enoch Square and George Square, have confirmed that they have been cancelled for 2020 due to lockdown restrictions.

First Published: 6th November 2020
People with diabetes from Glasgow and Edinburgh invited to vital online educational event

People with diabetes from Glasgow and Edinburgh invited to vital online educational event

On Saturday November 14th Diabetes Professional Care (DPC2020), the UK’s leading event for diabetes healthcare professionals, will be staging its first ever patient education day.

First Published: 4th November 2020
Glasgow shines a light on the armed forces for Scottish Poppy Appeal

Glasgow shines a light on the armed forces for Scottish Poppy Appeal

A number of landmarks across Glasgow have lit up red this week in support of the Scottish Poppy Appeal.

First Published: 5th November 2020
Glasgow Distillery get into the festive spirit with opening of Glasgow City Centre pop up shop

Glasgow Distillery get into the festive spirit with opening of Glasgow City Centre pop up shop

The Glasgow Distillery has opened a pop-up shop on the ground floor of the Buchanan Galleries, directly opposite the John Lewis store, just in time for the festive season!

First Published: 5th November 2020

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

itison Drive-In Movies
itison Drive In Movies is back with a bang and this Christmas they're ready to give you the best day you've ever had inside your car!
The Greatest Snowman: A Stayin’ Inn Pantomime
With the majority of Scotland on some form of lockdown, no live shows to keep us going and the festive magic all but disappearing, Dopy Dunlap is here to save Christmas!
Glasgow Farmers Market at Mansfield Park
This popular farmers market brings rural Scotland to the centre of Glasgow's west end twice a month!
Christmas Eve Jingle
Let's end 2020 with a bit of magic, hope and togetherness by heading outside at 6pm on Christmas Eve and ringing a bell to spread Christmas spirit!
At The Flix Drive In: Christmas
Join At The Flix for a magical Christmas drive-in movie event with films shown on the world's largest outdoor LED screen at Prestwick Airport!

Popular Venues

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum King's Theatre Glasgow SEC Armadillo Theatre Royal Glasgow The Pavilion Theatre Glasgow The Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall The SSE Hydro