Former Old Firm players helped launch a new alternative giving scheme for people involved in street begging in Glasgow city centre on Tuesday 3 March. Ex Rangers striker, Mark Hateley, and former Celtic defender, Tosh McKinlay, joined supporters of Street Change Glasgow in Central Station to unveil one of three new contactless card donation points installed in the city centre to raise funds for vulnerable people. Both the Garage and Cathouse night clubs are also hosting Street Change Glasgow donation points and it is hoped more businesses will sign up soon to expand the network.

Third sector organisations, businesses, Glasgow City Council and the city’s Health & Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP) have teamed up with Simon Community Scotland to launch the new alternative giving scheme. It offers the public an alternative to putting change in a cup, to help bring about positive, long term change for people involved in street begging.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost’s Fund has donated £10,000 towards the initiative and CGI, the council’s I.T. provider, paid for the new donation points which accept donations via contactless bank cards. A raffle by Best Bar None Glasgow also raised almost £4500 for the fund.
Street Change Glasgow will help vulnerable people improve their lives long term. The fund will be led and managed by Simon Community Scotland and payments will be made to individuals via Glasgow’s Street Team which works with people on the streets and is funded by GCHSCP.

Money from the fund will be used to pay for items such as travel to or clothing for job interviews, to provide tools or protective clothing required to take up a job offer or continue employment or to help people access training.
Lorraine McGrath, Chief Executive of Simon Community Scotland said: “We are constantly working to find new ways to reach, respond and resolve the kind of desperation that drives someone to street beg. Street Change Glasgow provides one such new way for us to reach and bring new options for people to assist them to move away from the harms that result from street begging. We are delighted and privileged to host the initiative and bring all of our expertise in responding to the most extreme vulnerabilities of those caught up in all forms of street lifestyles. We know from direct experience what difference having access targeted funds can make in bring change for even the most chronic and concerning circumstances, working person by person to find what works for them.

Street Change Glasgow is based on a similar scheme in Manchester which members of Glasgow’s Working Group on Street Begging visited while developing this initiative. Councillor Allan Casey, Chair of Glasgow’s Working Group on Street Begging, said: “Glasgow City Council is proud to be a partner in this exciting initiative which will be a first of its kind in Scotland. Glasgow is a generous city and people care deeply about those who are vulnerable and marginalised. They regularly give their spare change to people who are begging. This may help in the short term, but may not bring about positive, long term change in that person’s life. Street Change Glasgow will offer the public a new way to help, which aims to deliver long term change for individuals – giving them personalised practical support to improve their lives by pursuing positive paths.

Drew Burns, Network Rail’s station manager for Glasgow Central, said: “Over 40million customers pass through Glasgow Central every year and they are always quick to support the charity initiatives we host in the station. The Street Change Glasgow project will give passengers another option for donating to help the city’s most vulnerable residents and we are pleased to be part of it.

Brian Fulton, Owner/Director of Hold Fast Entertainment, which runs the Cathouse and the Garage, explained why his company is supporting the scheme. He said: “We hope Street Change Glasgow will make a real difference to vulnerable people’s lives. It is an innovative concept and I’m sure the contactless donation points will be popular with our customers. Many young people don’t carry cash these days, but still want to do their bit to help people who are less fortunate, so contactless donations will appeal to them.

Street Change Glasgow will work alongside existing services and initiatives which help vulnerable people in the city centre such as Glasgow’s homelessness services, Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness, the city’s Digital & Financial Inclusion Outreach Officer and Housing First.
Other partners involved in Street Change Glasgow include Glasgow City Mission, Turning Point, Red Media, The Big Issue, Housing First Scotland, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Homeless Network Scotland, Police Scotland and British Transport Police.

Further information on Street Change Glasgow can be found at



The City Centre Mural Trail companion booklets have always been popular with visitors and residents alike. Bright, colourful and full of information, they help people understand the scope of the project, provide background to each artwork and identify their locations. The booklets also include a short description of other interesting places to visit or things to see in the vicinity of each mural.

As well as being a helpful guide to the installations themselves, many visitors also appreciate them as a keepsake or a memento of their time in Glasgow. Glasgow City Council regularly receives requests for booklets from people interested in the City Centre Mural Trail, from all over the world.

We are, therefore, happy to announce that the new booklet has been completed and that copies will be made available from the usual outlets; most notably GCC offices at 231 George Street, and the Visit Scotland information centre in Buchanan Street. We also hope to be able to make copies available from a number of Glasgow Life venues such as the People’s Palace, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, as we have done in the past. You can download the booklet here.

As always, our thanks go to our colleagues in the council’s Graphics team for all their help, especially to Allen Caldwell who has been the principal artist for every booklet we have produced.

[NB] Unfortunately, whilst the new booklet was in production the Tiger mural at Custom House Quay received extensive graffiti damage. Despite our huge disappointment at its loss we’ve been left with no option but to paint over this location. Consequently, its inclusion in the new booklet is no longer accurate.

On a semi-related note, Glasgow City Council occasionally receives requests from students who have chosen the City Centre Mural Trail as a topic for part of their own course work. Sometimes these requests are simply for more detailed information about the project, sometimes they ask for an interview with an officer involved in the initiative. We try to assist wherever we can and hope that our involvement benefits the students work.

One such request was from Ellie Bryson who was studying an HND in Media and Communication at City of Glasgow College. Ellie has since completed her project and passed her class. As Ellie explained, her video “…was really fun to work on, and allowed me to explore a different side to Glasgow which I wasn’t aware of.” We think her video is fantastic and Ellie has allowed us to share it here:

Additionally, we’ve also learned that the City Centre Mural Trail will be the subject of a talk to be delivered by Federica Giacobbe to the Scottish Tourist Guide Association board during their upcoming Annual General Meeting.



Presenting the City’s ambitions for the development of the city centre over the next 15-30 years.

About this Event
Glasgow City Council is increasingly investing in built environment transformations that promote positive health behaviours, such as active transportation and social inclusion. Representatives from Glasgow City Council Development & Regeneration Services will present the City’s ambitions for the development of the city centre over the next 15-30 years.

Towards a more people-focused, liveable place.
2 March 2020,  Glasgow School of Art- Reid Building, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ

6.30 – 6.40 Welcome
6.40 – 7.00 City Centre Strategic Development Framework
7.00 – 7.20 City Centre Living Strategy
7.20 – 8.00 Discussion and feedback

If you are interested you can register and book a place on Eventbrite.  If you have any questions about the event please contact Harriet Simms, GSA Community Engagement Officer, at [email protected]



The public consultation exercise for Central District Regeneration Framework (CDRF) closes on 14 February 2020, and the information received during this process will inform its final draft.

Thereafter, this document will return to Glasgow City Council’s City Administration Committee for final approval before becoming a live document. The council will then look to deliver on the outputs contained within the CDRF Action Plan over the next ten years. There will be regular updates as the themed projects develop.

Additionally, Blythswood District Regeneration Framework (BLDRF) has now received approval to proceed to public consultation. This process will commence on 31 January 2020 and continue for eight weeks, closing on 27 March 2020.

Glasgow City Council has already received thousands of responses from members of the public during the engagement and consultation phases of the City Centre Districts Strategy. However, your thoughts, comments and suggestions are still needed to help inform the remaining DRFs, with specific reference to both Central DRF (before it closes) and Blythswood DRF (once it goes live).

In this way, please continue to let us know how you feel about these proposals. You can access links to the Central, and Blythswood DRF surveys, below. Additionally, you can also access the results of previous DRF surveys via Glasgow City Council’s Consultation Hub, a link for which is also provided below.

Central DRF Consultation – click here for the survey on the Central DRF.

Blythswood DRF Consultation –click here for the Blythswood DRF survey.

Previous DRF Consultations – click here to access GCC’s Consultation Hub and the results of previous DRF surveys.



Where do you want to live?

More and more people are choosing to live in cities and especially city centres. The key drivers for this are connectivity and sustainability. Living in the heart of the city, puts you close to all the experiences that only a city centre like Glasgow can provide – work, retail, restaurants, bars, theatres, cinemas, museums and galleries. With everything so close by, active travel is a much more attractive and practical option.

Glasgow City Council has an ambition to double the city centre population by 2035. According to the last census there are 20,245 people in the city centre. Compared to other city centres this is a really low number so there is an opportunity to have more people living here. Having more people living here brings all sorts of benefits. More people will make the city centre feel more alive and will also support businesses.

So the Council is thinking about how it can make the city centre even more appealing to people and the developers/investors who have a critical part to play in this. In response to this, the Council has created the City Centre Living Strategy (CCLS). The CCLS has six key priorities:

  • Do the basics well – Making the city centre a pleasant safe space should be a priority;
  • Give clear and consistent guidance – Tell us what you want and help us do it!
  • A living city – Community and management make the place;
  • Supportive policy – Set clear policy parameters;
  • Land ownership and Assembly – Be proactive about creating development opportunities;
  • Communication is key – more people who want to live here and more developers want to invest.

Some of the things we will do to support these priorities will be to:

  • Find ways to make it easier to bring vacant commercial spaces into use, particularly upper floors;
  • Provide a city centre which is cleaner, safer, greener and more sustainable;
  • High quality designs from the start;
  • Be open-minded to new ideas and new approaches to bring investment opportunities out of the ground.

So the question, what kind of city centre you want to live in? Please take 5 minutes to let us know by clicking here.