Category: charity

Pollok team up with Home-Start Glasgow South

Pollok are delighted to announce Home-Start Glasgow South as our official charity partners. Based at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall, where we were founded in 1908, the organisation provides vital practical and emotional support to families across the south of Glasgow through a network of dedicated volunteers. They support around 300 families and 700 children a year in areas such as Castlemilk, Pollok, The Gorbals, Govan and Govanhill.

Our relationship with Home-Start began in December when we held a Christmas present drive on their behalf at our game against Cumnock Juniors, and the response from the Pollok faithful was fantastic. Since then, manager Stewart Maxwell and coach Ryan Dakhil have attended the group’s Warm Place event to meet families and volunteers. Most recently, Newlandsfield played host to a number of children, families, staff and volunteers last week as we installed a trackside board to rubber stamp our new partnership.

Evan Maley, Andy Gallacher, Ben Fry & Stephen Docherty welcomed families from Home-Start to Newlandsfield last week.

 

This link-up will see Pollok working closely with an incredible organisation in the heart of our local community as demand for their services increases due to the current cost of living crisis. We look forward to welcoming families and volunteers regularly to our games with complimentary tickets, while also supporting fundraising and volunteering recruitment drives. Going into the new season we will also be supporting their Warm Space sessions with players and coaches attending to run football sessions.

 

Pollok Football Club has always been at the heart of our local community, and as the Southside’s Local Club for so long, we felt it was important to give back. We came across Home-Start Glasgow South, and being based at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall, which is where we were first founded in 1908, it seemed like a perfect match. From speaking to Gillian & Saqib over the last few months, it felt like a partnership that could work really well, and we look forward to helping them to raise their profile going forward so they can continue to help as many families as possible.

Paul Regan, Pollok FC President

 

We are really excited about the partnership and the support that we are receiving from the club and their supporters. We think this is a great opportunity to raise awareness about what we do in the community through such an established local club, that has a great following.

Gillian Campbell, Communications Officer, Home-Start Glasgow South

 

Everyone at the club is excited to engage with Home-Start further as we look ahead to the new season, and we are grateful to all our fans who have supported them already in recent months. Look out for them at our final home game against Clydebank on Saturday where some of their young people will be leading the team out before kick off. Home-Start staff will also be in attendance to talk to supporters about the work that they do, so be sure to say hello!

Home-Start Glasgow South are recruiting new volunteers to support an ever-growing number of families that need their support. If you think you can make a difference, then find out more here. You can also donate here.

 

All photographs taken by James Graham & video by Finlay Thom

 

Easter Foodbank Collection

As Easter approaches, the club is asking the Pollok support to bring along a small bag of non perishable food items to one of the next 3 home matches. The donations will be handed over to the Glasgow South West foodbank to help those in our community who find themselves in crisis.

The foodbank welcome all non perishable food and basic toiletry items and at the moment are particularly in need of

The Pollok support have generously donated to the foodbank over the last few years. Bags can be dropped off at the next three home games listed below.

24th March – Cumnock

31st March -?Kilwinning Rangers

7th April – Beith Juniors

Christmas Foodbank Appeal 2017

In the run up to Christmas, the club is asking the Pollok support to bring along a small bag of non perishable food items to one of the next 3 home matches. The donations will be handed over to the Glasgow South West foodbank in time for Christmas to help those in our community who find themselves in crisis.

The foodbank welcome all non perishable food and basic toiletry items and at the moment are particularly in need of

The Pollok support have generously donated to the foodbank over the last few Christmases. Bags can be dropped off at the next three home games listed below.

2nd Dec – Glasgow Perthshire

9th Dec – Auchinleck Talbot

16th Dec – Kilwinning Rangers

Murdie’s Movember

Don’t be mistaken for thinking over the next few weeks that there’s a new man in the ‘lok dugout on matchdays; it’s just our Assistant Manager Murdie who is cultivating a moustache for Movember!

Murdie and his work colleagues are raising money for Cancer Research and would really appreciate any help that the ‘lok family can provide.

Myself and a group of friends are taking part in Movember this year in order to raise money for Cancer Research.?We are doing this in memory of our colleague who sadly passed away in the summer from Cancer. This terrible illness impacts on so many people’s lives in Scotland today. I am sure we all want this to change for the better.?I hope that our club and supporters can help me and my colleagues raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research by donating at the link below;?

SPONSOR MURDIE HERE!

We will be extremely grateful for any donations that you can give!

A big thank you in advance.

Murdie MacKinnon