GalGael holds fast to our community roots, having been founded by members of the community in the mid-90s. In that sense, we don’t see ourselves as a charity, but more a community of creative people, who come together to co-operatively meet some of our needs; our shared need for acceptance, to learn and contribute our creativity. This ethos was bore out of an environmental campaign in one of the most deprived areas of Glasgow. We lost the campaign but learned many things including how to make community in a difficult space, how to take responsibility and articulate our concerns. We created GalGael as a vehicle to take forward what we’d learned and to move from being about what we didn’t want to what we did want.
That has translated into our purpose today. GalGael offer hospitality to the margins, a sense of place to the disconnected and the right of responsibility to the disenfranchised. To the unskilled we 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 our communities together. We 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 we have 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 we have achieved this is through involving the community in traditional boat building and restoration. In this way, people find skills, purpose and inspiration.