In addition to the 500 players from around the globe, the 2016 Homeless World Cup in Glasgow engaged almost 400 volunteers. Some of these volunteers were given the opportunity as part of the Glasgow Legacy Project, organised by Glasgow Life and the Big Lottery Fund and coordinated with the Homeless World Cup Foundation.
Glasgow Life and the Big Lottery Fund created the project which recruited 96 local volunteers to help deliver the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow. All the volunteers were people who had experienced homelessness, recruited in partnership with Glasgow Homeless Network and Glasgow City Council Social Work agencies, as well as from other organisations that aim to prevent homelessness while dealing with other issues.
Volunteers proved to be the heart and soul of Glasgow’s contribution to the event. These volunteers performed 50 shift-based event volunteering roles during the tournament. Roles included pitch assistant, ball person, greeter, programme seller, merchandise assistant, information assistant, flag carrier and medal presenter.
Following the event, the 96 volunteers have been taking part in an extensive 15-month Glasgow Legacy Project to further develop their confidence and skills, and improve social connections and networks to help address the isolation and loneliness homelessness can bring.
They received a subsidised taster menu of coordinated and integrated sport, culture and learning provision via Glasgow Life mainstream services.
The Glasgow Legacy project includes:
- Free access to the Glasgow Club for one year for all legacy volunteers
- Access to Glasgow Sport Coach Development and Education Programme
- Sport Employability workshops
- Access to free drop in sessions delivered by Street Soccer Scotland
- Artistic classes including sketching, sculpting and museum tours
- Access and information about Glasgow Life mainstream services
- Specialised and unique sessions – velodrome, football stadium tours,
- ParkLives taster sessions and access to mainstream session
- Access to further volunteering opportunities via Glasgow Sport Volunteer Bureau
- Links with Social Bite offering social supper and drop in sessions
- Creative writing classes in collaboration with University of Strathclyde and University of Glasgow. The writing and poetry produced has been published in a book that was launched as part of Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival 2017.
Through the Homeless World Cup Glasgow Legacy Project volunteers that were part of the event received the opportunity to write pieces for Home Ground.
Home Ground is new writing inspired by the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow and features work by new and established talent, exploring individual experiences of homelessness in an unflinching but often humorous way. Many of the new writers have been mentored through the writing and editing process thanks to support from the University of Strathclyde. The book, edited by Zoe Strachan and Louise Welsh, was designed by Freight Design and published by Glasgow Libraries.
Home Ground is now available free of charge at libraries and venues throughout Glasgow. Our partners across the City are also gifting the book through Social Bite, Glasgow Homeless Network, The Big Issue, University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow, Waterstones and more.
Why not pop along to pick up your copy today! The book is also available free of charge: