Glasgow East End

Glasgow’s East End begins at the city’s ancient heart, the thoroughfares of High Street and Castle Street, which are bookended by the medieval Glasgow Cathedral and the Tron Steeple at Glasgow Cross.

The East End of Glasgow is fast becoming the city’s creative quarter and is home to several design and creative studios, the city’s oldest park, Glasgow Green and the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens as well as the historic Glasgow Cathedral and the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art.

This neighbourhood has plenty to offer on the food and drink front and is home to no less than three breweries, independent cafes and restaurants, and when it comes to nightlife, you can’t talk about the East end and not mention the legendary Barrowlands, and the East End’s latest offering, Saint Luke’s, a former church building that’s already becoming one of the city’s favourite music and arts venues.


Glasgow Green is by far the oldest of the city’s parks and is within easy walking distance of the city centre.



Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits

Volunteering has a meaningful, positive impact on your community. But did you know that it can have many benefits for you too? Here are 10 surprising benefits of volunteering:


1. / Learn or develop a new skill 

Volunteering is the perfect vehicle to discover something you are really good at and develop a new skill. It is never too late to learn new skills and no reason why you should stop adding to your knowledge just because you are in employment or have finished education. Planning and implementing a major fundraising event can develop goal setting, planning and budgeting skills. Supervising and training other volunteers helps to develop supervisory and training skills.

2./ Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.

Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.

3./ Volunteering increases your social and relationship skills

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills, since you are meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests. Once you have momentum, it’s easier to branch out and make more friends and contacts.

4./ Volunteering is good for your mind and body

Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health.

  • Volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety.
  • Volunteering combats depression.
  • Volunteering makes you happy.
  • Volunteering increases self-confidence.
  • Volunteering provides a sense of purpose.
  • Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy.

5./ Motivation and sense of achievement

Fundamentally, volunteering is about giving your time, energy and skills freely.  Unlike many things in life there is choice involved in volunteering. As a volunteer you have made a decision to help on your own accord, free from pressure to act from others.

6./ Boost your career options

A survey carried out by TimeBank through Reed Executive showed that among 200 of the UK’s leading businesses

  • 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without
  •  94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills
  •  94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted

Also, if you are thinking of a career change then volunteering is a perfect way to explore new fields. If you have a passion for the arts but have a career in computing then why not volunteer at your local theater? Or if your ambitions are to be a doctor why not find out about volunteer opportunities at your local hospital – the ideal way to expand your work portfolio in your field and to gain a real insight into your chosen path.

7./ New interests and hobbies

Finding new interests and hobbies through volunteering can be fun, relaxing and energizing. The energy and sense of fulfillment can carry over to a work situation and sometimes helps to relieve tensions and foster new perspectives for old situations. Sometimes a volunteer experience can lead you to something you never even thought about or help you discover a hobby or interest you were unaware of. You can strengthen your personal/professional mission and vision by exploring opportunities and expanding your horizons.

8./ New experiences

Volunteering is a brilliant way to get life experience. Whether you build a library or mail flyers to raise awareness for a local charity, you will experience the real world through hands-on work. This guide section has established that volunteers can do almost anything and with the new millennium has dawned an era of infinite volunteer opportunities.

9./ Meeting a diverse range of people

Volunteering brings together a diverse range of people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Volunteering also offers an incredible networking opportunity. Not only will you develop lasting personal and professional relationships but it is also a great way to learn about people from all walks of life, different environments, and new industries. Networking is an exciting benefit of volunteering and you can never tell who you will meet or what new information you will learn and what impact this could have on your life.

10./ Send a signal to your employer, teachers, friends and family…

People pay attention to your life outside the environment in which they have direct contact with you. For example, your employer would be interested in the activities that gives you a good work-life balance, just as academic institutions are interested in your extra-curricular activities. Volunteering reflects and supports a complete picture of you, and gives real examples of your commitment, dedication and interests. Show people what you are passionate about and maybe you will inspire them too!


Getting the most out of volunteering

You’re donating your valuable time, so it’s important that you enjoy and benefit from your volunteering. To make sure that your volunteer position is a good fit:

  • Ask questions. You want to make sure that the experience is right for your skills, your goals, and the time you want to spend. Sample questions to your volunteer coordinator might address your time commitment, if there’s any training involved, who you will be working with, and what to do if you have questions during your experience.
  • Make sure you know what’s expected. You should be comfortable with the organization and understand the time commitment. Consider starting small so that you don’t over commit yourself at first. Give yourself some flexibility to change your focus if needed.
  • Don’t be afraid to make a change. Don’t force yourself into a bad fit or feel compelled to stick with a volunteer role you dislike. Talk to the organization about changing your focus or look for a different organization that’s a better fit.
  • If volunteering overseas, choose carefully. Some volunteer programs abroad can cause more harm than good if they take much-needed paying jobs away from local workers. Look for volunteer opportunities with reputable organizations.
  • Enjoy yourself. The best volunteer experiences benefit both the volunteer and the organization. If you’re not enjoying yourself, ask yourself why. Is it the tasks you’re performing? The people you’re working with? Or are you uncomfortable simply because the situation is new and familiar? Pinpointing what’s bothering you can help you decide how to proceed.


How can you get involved?

On The Corner has a variety of opportunities . If interested in meeting the team and having a look around then please get in touch.

You can have a look at our get involved section on our website or contact Ronan to get more information:


Mobile: 07851 462789




Coming up: Wednesday (06/07) Craft Groups

Hi everyone.

There are two events coming up on Wednesday at On The Corner Community Center on 253-257 London Road, Glasgow East End.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 6:00 PM:


Glasgow Mental Health Support Group is about to provide support and friendship to people with mental health problems and their families / friends. Meet-ups are a chance to chat in an understanding environment, have a laugh and make new friends with others who understand. One in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives – you are not alone.

Membership is open to everyone.



Wednesday, July 6, 2016 6:00 PM:

Give it a Go Wednesday Workshop is a weekly Wednesday evening workshop featuring all sorts of thrifty ways which people can make things for themselves and their homes.

This time round: Sweet Feet! We will be making DIY natural foot sprays, scrubs & powders for you to take home, and there will also be a free reflexology taster too.

Places are limited to 12 so please book to confirm by clicking ‘attending’ and commenting on the event page.

The first workshop is free but there will be an option to leave a donation for the community centre.

Thanks & we look forward to seeing you there 🙂

Behind the idea:

In our society, we are given labels and names which might encourage segregation and separation. We are categorized from birth right through our lives. Unfortunately for many, these labels can limit our life experiences and expectations. We want to embrace all members of our community and respect our differences,  equally. People without Labels collective dream, is to break isolation and loneliness which can affect us all.

This meet up group is for disabled, abled, friends and families to come together and socialise in the name of fun. Our group aims to reduce barriers to participation by offering wholesome activities that everyone can join in on. Expect fun, laughter, story sharing, workshops and forming new friends.



Thanks for reading


Weekly news

Hi everyone.

This is our weekly update about OTC. Our team do their best to increase our presents on a wide range of channels including Facebook, Twitter and WordPress and to bring up-to-date news from the East End.

On the Corner’s street front

OTC Scotland’s team is growing steadily. Today we have just got some more helping hands in our busy office. There is a huge potential in our building just the back of the Glasgow Green.





As a three storey house it offers a broad-spectrum of possibilities to use. Rentable spaces for artists, charities, start-up businesses and anyone who is looking for a great place to work and welcoming atmosphere.


Thanks for reading,

OTC team


Creatives Welcome! Art, Music & Dance



Are you a Glasgow based creative? Are you looking for a space to practice, create or perform?

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OTC is a thriving new network of social enterprises, community projects and creatives. We are looking to expand our family by renting out multiple newly available spaces at incredibly cheap prices only available to you creative types.

Visual Arts

Whether you are a painter, designer, sculptor, or up-cycler we have space for you across our beautiful 2nd floor studios. All studios can be adapted to a size that suits you. They are semi open plan with OSB dividers. If you need something more private then this can be arranged too.


As a musician you know how difficult it is to find space to store and practice your music. Whether you play guitar or DJ, often neighbours aren’t too happy with your jam after work and its pretty hard to fit your drummer’s kit into your kitchen. At OTC we have a whole floor we’d like to offer up to groups of musicians for rehearsal and recording. These spaces are basic but with some TLC and a little soundproofing they could be turned into dynamic practice, play and workshop spaces for whatever your needs.

Theatre & Dance

We have space available all week long – evenings and weekends included for your dance workshops, rehearsals and performances. We have an event space for up to 150 people, a workshop room for practice, space for changing rooms and a green room and plenty of big roller mirrors to line up too.


We can set up a cinema for up to 60 people with a large projection screen, sound system and comfortable padded benches. We can do popcorn and ice-creams too!


For more info please check out other pages on the website:

Hire a Venue to…

Bookings and Rentals

Rent A Space


To arrange a viewing and a bespoke quote for your rental, event or regular workshop please contact

Matt on 07443426187

or email


Look forward to hearing about your beautiful creative ideas!






1 Year At OTC Scotland!

Another day in the office, when a few of our team were working away in the reception. Some kind hearted fellows came in with a generous food donation full of salads, fruits, veggies and bread – topped off with two ENORMOUS birthday cakes! It was only then that we looked at each other and said hey, its our birthday!

So after a year since we first got our keys a lot of things have changed. Its been a turbulent whirlwind of activities and experiences and its safe to say we have all gained a more  holistic view of the potential OTC really has in the next coming months and years. So heres a short but sweet nut shell of some of the things we have been up to over the past year:


In our space we have hosted our first of many events collaborating with amazing groups and individuals. We had a monthly social enterprise market featuring lots of social enterprises from around glasgow, upcycling workshops, halloween day raves, mum & baby clothes swap, aerobics, yoga and suited and booted fundraisers to name a few!

We also have our weekly saturday living room vibe hang out space ran by Nae such thing as A Free lunch, offering pay as you feel cafe munch accompanied by free play with musical instruments, english classes and concrete gardens swap shop. This is an on going event which happens every saturday from 12-4pm.


We have been very busy renovating different spaces in the building to transform what was a crumbling space into something exciting and usable for the community. Come down and see what we have been up to!


We are focusing all our energies putting together new members to our power team which will drive OTC Scotland forward into the amazing multi functional hub its destined to be. If you are interested in  getting involved have a wee look at our volunteering and opportunities pages and get in touch!


We are looking for a Bookings Manager


Are you great at networking?

Got some experience of finding people to fill places?

Hows your sales pitch?


We are looking for a spectacular booking and rentals manager. Someone who knows how to advertise well, demonstrate accurately and positively and fill our space with lots of lovely new organisations and individuals all doing good things.

We wanta thriving space full of social enterprises, charities and those with bright ideas needing a hand to start up. Artists, musicians, cinema and event organisers all need a place to thrive and we can be it.

Being a social enterprise means we need income to become fully sustainable. The community needs something it can rely on. Therefore we need someone good with money who can create some bread and butter through our letting and booking spaces so the amazing things happening at OTC can continue. Remember we are not publicly funded by any government or council or big corporation. We exist to serve the network of beautiful people living in Glasgow and wider. We in turn need help to make enough to cover basic costs and continue to build.


Full job description:

Bookings and Rentals Manager


If you would like to discuss or apply please contact:

or phone Matt on 07443426187



We are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator



Have you got damn good people skills? 

Hows your organising?

Are you retired or currently out of work and looking for some skills or experience or a new project?

Whatever your age or background, however differently abled you are, we would like to hear from you.

We need someone to help recruit and coordinate a team of motivated and  happy people working together to build something fresh. Something beautiful…


Full job description:

Volunteer Coordinator


Please contact

or phone Matt on 07443426187 to discuss or apply




As you know we here at OTC are busy with a lot of renovation to make this space something really special! We’ve decided this week to give you a behind the scenes look at our renovation. Some of our spaces are up and running, take a look at these photos and try to guess what they are!