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GalGael holds fast to our community roots, having been founded by members of the community in the mid-90s. In that sense, it doesn’t see itself as a charity, but more a community of creative people, who come together to co-operatively meet some of their needs; a shared need for acceptance, to learn and contribute in a creative way. This ethos was borne out of an environmental campaign in one of the most deprived areas of Glasgow. The initial campaign may have been lost but they learned many things including how to make community in a difficult space, how to take responsibility and articulate concerns. From this, Galgael was created as a vehicle to take forward this learning and to move from being about what people didn’t want to what they did want.
That has translated into its purpose today. GalGael offers hospitality to the margins, a sense of place to the disconnected and the right of responsibility to the disenfranchised. To the unskilled, they offer a chisel that they might carve out a future. GalGael’s vision is for a Scotland where the rights of the individual are balanced with the rights of the whole; a strong sense of peoplehood where strong values, dignified work and reverence of place binds communities together. They hold dear a Scotland where all have something to bring to the table and are welcome there.
For over a decade now GalGael have been a well-known landmark on the Govan landscape. During those years, it has built a growing reputation for making a real difference to many who struggle with the challenges of today’s modern culture that leaves some marginalized, isolated and disenfranchised. One of the ways in which it has achieved this is through involving the community in traditional boat building and restoration. In this way, people find skills, purpose and inspiration.
For more info on the work of Galgael, contact:
GalGael Trust
15 Fairley St
Glasgow G51 2TS


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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210