Employability & Welfare

At Cranhill Development Trust we offer a wide range of services, guidance and support to individuals and families, that they may otherwise not be able to access. From access to a computer, combatting digital exclusion, to tailored support in finding employment. We offer vital integration and welfare services, with our people centred approach enabling us to build relationships and support local people.

Click and Collect

The Trust, in partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College and the Wheatley Group, run a click and connect learning centre in the heart of the Cranhill community. This is a space that helps the community get online, using our state of the art digital learning centre. 

With more services going online, this facility offers everyone, no matter their age or ability, access to a computer.

Expert advice is on hand, whether you are looking for a job, going on to further education, need access to online welfare forms, or digital services to pay bills. 

Employment support services

Want a job and unsure where to start? At Cranhill Development Trust we will work with you to advise and guide you to access to training, in work benefit advice, CV and application writing and much more to help you gain the confidence and skills to succeed in finding employment.

One to one support 

Tailored to your needs will focus on your skills, qualities and interests which is aimed to get you up and running for effective job search. Our one-to-one support will range from understanding your benefit commitments, in work benefit advice, getting on-line, how to search and how to apply, CV and application writing, access to training and preparing for employment.

Digital work clubs 

Our digital work clubs are much more frequent and available to access on a drop-in basis. Once you feel ready for effective job search and equipped in applying for employment you can access support more often through attending our digital work clubs.

In work support/after care 

When you leave us, we will offer you continued support to help you settle into employment and keep you right on who and how to inform such as benefits and housing. You may already be in work and need help to access training, advice on benefits or help look for new employment, we can also support you when in employment, education, or training.

Taking part in our Employability services is completely voluntary if you have any change in your personal circumstances and chose to withdraw from our support you can do so and can re-engage at any time.

Our volunteer and learning programme could also help you gain vital experience to help develop your skills for employment. 


Our dedicated Welfare Officer uses over 25 years of experience to provide advice and support services to local people.

Services include:

    • General support
    • Welfare and Benefits advice
    • Benefits forms
    • Money advice
    • Housing issues and applications 
    • Fuel and food poverty support
    • Crisis intervention

From June 2021 to Feb 2022 CDT has supported 152 individuals and their families with vital access to benefits advice

This service is by appointment only, please call 0141 774 3344 and our team will schedule and appointment for you.


Case Work

Newcomers to the UK often struggle to navigate the many rights, entitlements, challenges, and restrictions they face upon arrival in Glasgow. The Trust is happy to offer dedicated case work services to people who face issues they do not know how to resolve, and will do so either using CDT knowledge and services, or by signposting to the many contacts and partner organisations within East Glasgow Integration Network.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 

Cranhill Development Trust offers a range of ESOL opportunities to suit the diverse needs and abilities of the newcomers to the city who want to improve their English. These classes take place online and at our centre in Cranhill. 


We work with partners such as Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Life to provide ESOL classes across all levels, accessible to residents across the East of Glasgow. The styles of these classes range from less formal, conversational styles to formal classroom set-ups, and online classes.


Some classes can lead to recognised English qualifications, and others are more social, but all will help people to improve their English skills and meet new people. 

“Since I joined it has been very helpful and good for me. I feel better and more confident when speaking with people in Glasgow.”

    • Ashty, ESOL participant

For more information on ESOL Classes or Case work support please call 0141 774 3344 or fill out our enquiry form here.

East Glasgow Integration Network

Cranhill Development trust is a member of the East Glasgow Integration Network, one of many networks across Glasgow.

Our aims are:

    • Advocacy and campaigning for new Scots
    • Collaborative working and cultivation of partnerships with organisations across the East and wider City of Glasgow, bringing important services to the Cranhill.
    • Information sharing and facilitation of learning and training for stakeholders in the east end, benefiting residents.

Cranhill Development Trust chairs bi-monthly meetings of the East Glasgow Integration Network in venues around the East of Glasgow. Attended by many organisations who work with newcomers to the country, these meetings allow for representatives to share updates, concerns and successes with their peers and provide a chance to share experiences and best practice.

Govan Community Project

Govan Community Project is a Scottish Charity, based in Govan, and supports the diverse communities in their local area, while supporting refugees and people seeking asylum across Glasgow. Their aim is to build a strong community based on equality, mutual respect, support and integration.

Govan Community Project hosts an Advice and Advocacy Service every Wednesday at CDT from 9-5, for those in the asylum process.

Available services: 

    • Applications for Home Office support (accommodation and money)
    • Support with MEARS accommodation or ASPEN card
    • Help to contact your lawyer
    • Information about services and support for Asylum Seekers in Glasgow

This is an appointment service – please call 0141 774 3344 and our team will book you in. If you need an interpreter, please inform us prior to your appointment.