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United Kingdom: Cooking up solutions

Children from Govan attend a healthy eating awareness-raising event at the Pearce Café.

Funding target: £80,000

Year 2 of a 2 year project
In some districts of Glasgow and the west of Scotland, people face a life characterised by joblessness and ill health. With your support, we can help women-led organisations to develop social enterprises to improve health and job opportunities in their communities.

About the project

Help deprived communities in Glasgow improve their incomes and health

Working alongside local partner organisations this project aims to improve the health, nutrition and income-generating opportunities for communities affected by persistent poverty in the areas of Govan, Linwood, Beith and Clydebank.

With your support we aim to:

  • Increase incomes through the development of three social enterprises supplying fresh food to local communities;
  • Improve community health by increasing the availability of locally-grown, nutritious, affordable foods and raising awareness of their health benefits;
  • Empower local people to demand support for better access to fresh, nutritional food and work together to improve their local community.

Who will benefit

Directly 1,100 members of Oxfam's five partner organisations developing the Pearce Café, HELP business and fish farm social enterprises, will benefit by improving their business skills and from the growth and financial security of their organisations.

Kathryn's story

 Being a volunteer helped me to reconnect with people, learn new skills, and also enabled me to share the skills I had. This venture could never have taken place without Oxfam's support and start-up funding.

Kathryn*, a single parent of four children and previously unemployed, has been supporting the development of the Pearce Café since its inception last year. As a member of Tea in the Pot, Kathryn initially worked as a volunteer. However as a result of the business and IT skills training and experience she acquired she has now secured the part-time position of Project Coordinator, and no longer needs to claim Job Seekers Allowance.

* name has been changed for reasons of confidentiality

The budget


If you would like to learn more, download the full project details here (PDF, 1.14MB).

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards supporting women-led organisations to improve health and job opportunities in their Glasgow community. Get in touch to find out how you can help.


Individual donors:

Emma Learner -
01865 472108

Trusts and Foundations:

Kylie Sheaf - 
01865 473578


Peter William Hall -
01865 473445

If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson -
0141 285 8863