We are honoured to reveal that this year the Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show will be supporting Simon Community Scotland. In 2016, the charity celebrated 50 years of their work combating the causes and effects of homelessness in Scotland, with the vision that one day everyone will have a safe place to live and get the support they need.
Simon Community Scotland’s mission is to help people experiencing homelessness overcome the problems they face through a number of incredible services. Last year alone, their 160-strong team of staff provided assistance to over 3,000 people. Some of their most valued services are:
We would highly recommend that anyone wondering how they can do their bit to help those in need should consult Simon Community Scotland’s hugely informative website, which gives advice on how to help and answers to common questions you might have about interacting with vulnerable people; something as simple as initiating a conversation can have a valuable impact in itself.
For the past 50 years Simon Community Scotland has been making a huge impact on the lives of vulnerable people in Glasgow. We have been bowled over by the amazing work of Simon Community Scotland and are looking forward to working hard alongside their incredible team to generate awareness and raise funds for this special cause. Committee members now face an exciting and busy summer ahead as we plan fundraising events ranging from the Edinburgh Kilt walk to abseiling!
Hi, I’m Lois, I am in charge of Campus PR on the GUCFS committee. A key aspect of my role is to manage a team of creative, fun and outgoing Brand Ambassadors.
Brand Ambassadors are a really important part of GUCFS. BAs, as the name suggests, strongly represent GUCFS, and our charitable partner. As I was a BA last year for FOCUS 2018, I’d like to tell you a bit about my experience and the vision I have for the 2019 GUCFS BA team.
Applications open on Wednesday 18th April and close in the evening of Monday 23rd. The application involves a few questions about why you want to become a BA alongside spaces to express your ideas for fundraising and anything else you think GUCFS could do! If your application is successful you will be invited to attend a short and informal interview with me to chat about your ideas a bit more, and get to know each other better!
Being a GUCFS BA allows you to work alongside other creative, motivated and interesting people to collaborate on exciting ideas and fundraising initiatives. It also gives you the opportunity to represent an important charity. As our 2018 charitable partner was Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, our BA team had the privilege of attending a tour of the hospital to see the impact the charity has on the lives of patients and their families, and were able to see how valuable the work they were doing in aid of the charity really was. Our BA team also took part in Individual fundraising throughout the year and organised successful group fundraising projects. By doing this, all Brand Ambassadors were able to advance their skills in events planning, marketing and fundraising, whilst having fun working alongside the GUCFS Committee & Models!
Bucket Collection 2017
Focusing BAs into smaller groups, they are given the opportunity to plan and execute their own events and creative fundraising strategies. Examples of previous events run by Brand Ambassadors include the WonderWell gig night in the Well at Glasgow University Union (GUU) and a ticket launch party at none other than The Sanctuary. The variety of events organised really shows the room each Brand Ambassador is given for creativity and innovation in their role. Last year’s individual fundraising, a requirement of all BAs, included brilliant work such as a sponsored skydive by Annie Paine. Alongside fundraising and event organisation, Brand Ambassadors also assist in selling tickets the annual Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show, helping at larger GUCFS events, and promoting GUCFS and our charitable partner online, on campus & beyond! There are also lots of opportunities throughout the year for BAs to work closely with departments within the GUCFS Committee, such as our Charity & Creative teams!
Wonder Well 2018
This year we would like to focus on giving Brand Ambassador’s the opportunity to shine and have considerable influence in the society by running events. Having a tight-knit team will allow us to work collectively to raise as much money as possible. In 2019, GUCFS is celebrating the vibrant & diverse nature of our city and community, and therefore encourage anyone interested in getting involved to apply! Students from the University of Strathclyde, The Caledonian University and The City of Glasgow College are actively encouraged to apply also, as we hope to make sure students across Glasgow can attend and enjoy GUCFS events & campaigns!
Being a GUCFS Brand Ambassador is an incredibly rewarding role, as you are working to raise funds and awareness for a fantastic charity whilst collaborating alongside other students in a creative fashion (it also looks great on your CV!) It is also experience that is very highly-regarded when applying for a role on the GUCFS Committee in the future.
If you have any questions about the application process, the role of GUCFS BA, or anything else, please do not hesitate to message me on Facebook (Lois Adamson) or get in touch via the GUCFS Facebook page. I’m really looking forward to reading your applications and can’t wait to start working with a team of creative and driven individuals.
I am so proud to announce that Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show have raised £22,224.02 for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. This money will be specifically used in the Family Support Services, as decided by those who attended our FOCUS 2018.
It’s that time of the year again when the show is coming up and we are left wondering what ‘Black tie’ really means? For our last shoot of the year, GUCFS have partnered with Princes Square & French Connection, hoping to give you some inspo for FOCUS 2018.
The glitz. The glam. The fashion. Fashion shoots are what keep us turning the pages of magazines. But while they may look glamorous, there is a lot more that goes into the production of a photo shoot than you might imagine.
Since 2014, GUCFS has raised over £30,000 for various charities. This tremendous achievement is not down to just our committed members but to you, The University of Glasgow students. Through supporting us, you are donating money to some very worthwhile charities.
Today I am introducing an endearing and funny duo, two pals bound together by the design of an edgy but affordable line of clothing – TAXMAN Clothing Ltd. You will probably have heard of them on campus as their t-shirts are incredibly prized, with record-time sellouts. GUCFS were lucky enough to collaborate with them on our most recent shoot & wanted to find out more about the guys behind this incredible brand.
Today we are introducing the sweet Susie Thomas - the photographer of our GUCFS Model Introducing Shoot. Originally from London, she chose to add a Scottish twist to her academic curriculum when coming to study Economics and Music at the University of Glasgow. Currently in her third year, Susie enjoys capturing the world that surrounds her with her camera, and the least we can say is that she’s got really good at it! It was a pleasure collaborating with her on the shoot and we hope to do so again.
Here is what Susie had to say on photography and her experience working with GUCFS
The West End of Glasgow is full of amazing places to eat and drink but the idea of going out for food can leave a hole in our pockets. However, many restaurants have fantastic deals for students you just have to choose the right time and day to take advantage of it. It can be a mission in itself to sort through all the fine print to see what exactly there deals are offering, so... We have done it for you! (Just don’t forget your student card).
Throughout the summer our team had been hard at work raising money for the Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity. There has been such a wide variety of crazy and exciting activities already that its hard to keep up! Here is what we have been up to so far but keep your eyes peeled for more fundraising activities throughout the year.
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