Glasgow Film Theatre provides an independent film programme for diverse audiences in Glasgow and Scotland, including specific audience development initiatives aimed at cultural diversity, disabled, D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences, and socially/economically disadvantaged audiences.

Glasgow Film Theatre is the first cinema in the UK to have been awarded the Autism Friendly Award and is a committed supporter of the Glasgow Autism Friendly City Centre Initiative.

Access Film Club is a popular and inclusive film event that happens at the Glasgow Film Theatre in partnership with The National Autistic Society Scotland. Running since November 2014 and supported by venue audit and autism aware staff and volunteers, Access Film Club is designed to engage with people aged 15+ who welcome a relaxed cinema environment. For people who have autism, Asperger Syndrome, learning disabilities and/or difficulties in processing information, a relaxed environment is the best way to enjoy a film. Every event is a social night out, featuring a post-film chat and offers autism interest information all hosted by an autistic volunteer. Every club always has a mixture of people and ages coming along. The club is not exclusive and it is important that everybody feels welcome to attend.

At the GFT, we celebrate diversity and we want to make sure that people who enjoy relaxed film screenings, can find that with us. GFT has and always will celebrate diversity and inclusion and if we get to do that in collaboration with others then all the better! Our autism-friendly programme; Take 2 Access for children and their families and Access Film Club are vital gateways for audiences and it pushes the envelope on what, in 2019, venues should be providing as standard and Glasgow Film is proud to champion this message.

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If you have any questions about Access Film Club or have any suggestions for special film events please contact Jodie Wilkinson, Public Engagement Coordinator on or 0141 352 8608.

You can also find out more about our Autism Friendly City Centre here



For the health and safety of staff and visitors, Glasgow City Council have taken the decision to install fully automated external defibrillators within the city centre. This could be crucial in saving lives for those who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Without immediate action, the survival rate is strikingly low. In Scotland, only 1/20 people survive to leave hospital. With these defibrillators installed around the city centre, those who experience a sudden cardiac arrest can get immediate help and therefore have a greater chance of survival.

Where to find a defibrillator?
Defibrillators are installed at the following locations:

  • City Chambers (West building, at in Gate House) and on the second floor next to the Banqueting Hall entrance.
  • 40 John Street, main reception desk.
  • Exchange House, 231 George Street, main reception desk.
  • 220 High Street, main reception desk.

A defibrillator can be used to restart a person’s heart or correct the heart rhythm to save their life. Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. If you come across someone in cardiac arrest please do the following;

  • Dial 999
  • Start CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
  • Ask someone to bring a defibrillator if there is one close by.
  • Turn on the defibrillator and simply follow its instructions. Anyone can use a defibrillator. However, if you have any queries you can get in contact with first aid staff for the area or you can visit the websites below for further detail.

What is a cardiac arrest?
Cardiac arrest is caused by an electrical problem in the heart. The electrical problem causes the heart to stop pumping blood around the body and to the brain.



There are seven more days to go until the Broomielaw District Regeneration consultation period ends. You can respond using this link.

At the end of this post, you will see seven visualisations of the aspirations for Broomielaw. The visualisations were prepared by MVRDV and Austin-Smith Lord who led the consultant team. Within the proposal there are seven themes identified and along with the proposed actions to deliver them. There are essentially two main questions that we would like as much feedback as we can get, do you think these are the right priorities? and actions that over the next 10 years or so will deliver the significant change to Broomielaw and the whole of the City Centre.

The themes are the River Park, Urbanised M8, Great Streets and Spaces, Updated Mobility, Great Buildings, Vibrant Broomielaw and Transforming Broomielaw and the actions that are planned to deliver these. They can range from activating the riverside, whether the space under the M8 could be used in a way which makes it less of a barrier, how we design streets and spaces as wells as the look and feel of important gateways to the District such as Anderston Station.

Feedback will be fed into the proposals before they are finally approved and become a set of actions which need to be delivered – so please have your say.