Project information

Riverman Appeal

Transfer of ownership of facilities/services to the community (which depends on, and benefits from, our operation) from local government.

August 2011 - December 2012

Charity information

Glasgow Humane Society

Glasgow Humane Society
  • Need


    Lack of local authority funding is restricting our ability to develop and expand the essential safety and educational services which we offer. This is putting citizens' lives at risk in the short-to-long term and , specifically, is stifling our medium-term project of being a key facility in the run-up to, and catalyst in the safety and success of, the Commonwealth Games 2014.


    By launching a Public Appeal in the Autumn of 2011, we shall significantly increase our income, both current and future, which will enable us to increase (by only one or two) our compliment of Officers, thereby enabling the Society to roll out our plans for the proper training of our volunteer corps, and education of the wider community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The expansion of our vital services.


    » The maintenance of safety on the waterways.
    » The relevant education of organisations and the community at large.
    » Assistance to the 'Emergency Services'.

    Success will be...a decrease in accidents/fatalities on the waterways.

  • Impact


    Greater public safety; awareness of the hazards of use of, and proximity to the waterways; a reduction in water-based accident statistics; confident participants in water-based recreation and sports.


    Lack of adequate funding, leading to a restriction in trained personnel and an insufficiency in facilities.
    By the preparation for the launch of a locally-based public appeal to the community at large and relevant businesses/organisations.


    By database electronic communication, personal involvement and media exposure.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £75,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 Trained Personnel Recruitment, appointment, training and maintenance of officers.
      £20,000 Maintenance and Replacement Upkeep of Boathouse, etc. facility and craft/equipment.
      £3,750 Administration Accounting, control and supervision, submissions to authorities (HMRC, OSCR) and monitoring of regs.
      £6,250 Insurances EL, PL, Property.
      £5,000 Marketing PR, advertising, literature and media communications.
  • Background


    Glasgow is a major conurbation with areas of significant deprivation and resultant social ills. The east end of the city, through which part of the River Clyde flows, is a particular 'hotspot'. Continuing redevelopment by way of new housing and improved infrastructure is encouraging the resident population of the area to participate in water-based recreational activities on, and beside, the river and there is also increased tourism in the locality (NB: Commonwealth Games 2014).


    The population (of all ages), sports men and women and tourists. The renaissance of the area will improve the living standards, local business prospects and employment.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    In over 200 years the Glasgow Humane Society has built up a unique facility and expertise which is acknowledged by local government and 'partner' services (eg Police and Fire and Rescue). The Society has also developed a working understanding with the local population and in so doing has earned its respect.
    In short there is no other such comprehensive service in Greater Glasgow or indeed Scotland.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tony Coia, Part-Time Officer

    Tony has been trained by, and has partnered, his predecessor, George, for the last 5 years and together they deliver the objectives of the Society.

    George Parsonage, Full-Time Volunteer Officer

    George succeeded his father as full-time Officer and developed the role of the Society until his official retiral when he continued as a volunteer.