Glasgow No1 Baby and Family Support Service
1339. Audrey Dempsey
Audrey Dempsey, from Glasgow, has given support to over 8,000 families across the city in the last three years through her charitable baby and family support service, distributing items such as prams, cots, clothes and toys which would otherwise go to landfill.
Audrey started up her family support service out of her own garage after recognising the need among many local parents facing hardship. Quickly faced with huge demand, Audrey worked with Glasgow City Council to secure premises and registered the service officially as a charity in 2017. The ‘Glasgow No1 Baby and Family Support Service’ works with over 87 agencies across the city to receive referrals, with every item passed onto families donated by members of the public.
In a personal letter to Audrey, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of how you are saving household family items from landfill and sending them on to thousands of new homes across Glasgow through your family support service.”
“I truly appreciate the award given and am delighted with the success of the charity. The idea and design of the charity was down to me, but the hard work and effort to keep it going has to be shared between myself and my co-workers, who are also voluntary as we have equally worked extremely hard to get to where we are. We have helped over 10,000 individuals in 3 years and distributed goods to the base rate value of £2.2million, and it hasn’t cost anyone a penny. From myself and my team, thank you very much for the recognition. It is truly appreciated.”