Our History

Trace the journey of The Mungo Foundation, starting from our modest beginnings in Pollok to currently offering 27 services in Glasgow and its neighbouring areas.

Present Day

The Mungo Foundation became fully independent from the Archdiocese of Glasgow in June 2020. Our commitment remains unwavering as we offer support to the most vulnerable members of our community. Our core values of Life, Justice, and Community are integrated into every aspect of our work.

EFQM Recognition

At the Scottish Awards for Business Excellence The Mungo Foundation wins a ‘Recognised for Excellence’ 3 Star Award from EFQM. This sparks the formation of our ‘Care to Excel’ programme, as part our commitment to continuous improvement and innovation.

Putting the Fun in Fundraising

With a dedicated fundraising coordinator on board, fundraising efforts intensify. Early highlights include a Ladies Lunch hosted by Gina McKie and a Zip Slide across the Clyde.

Patricia Donnelly is appointed as CEO

Tricia assumes the role of CEO following Dana O’Dwyer, steering the organisation through a challenging phase of uncertainty. Amidst funding cuts due to austerity measures, Tricia's pragmatic leadership plays a pivotal role in securing The Mungo Foundation's future.

Campus Project

The Mungo Foundation assumes control of the Campus Project, which offers assistance to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. The service later receives a Herald Angel Award for its distinctive approach.

Crannog Project is established

Located in Drumchapel, Crannog distinguishes itself within The Mungo Foundation's array of services by catering to three specific groups: adults with learning disabilities, individuals with dementia, and adults dealing with Alcohol-Related Brain Damage.

The Mungo Foundation goes independent

The Community Social Services Department is established as an independent organisation, separate from the Archdiocese. This led to the establishment of The Mungo Foundation, named after St. Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow, as indicated by the ring in its logo.

Red Tower

Red Tower was established in the early 90s as a residential rehabilitation centre, offering assistance for up to 30 adults facing addiction challenges. Over more than two decades, it positively impacted the lives of thousands of individuals before its closure in 2012, following shifts in addiction treatment funding.


The group is officially recognised as the Community Social Services Department of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, under the leadership of Cardinal Winning. Faced with extensive poverty and social exclusion, they grow more ambitious. Collaborating with the Council and local Housing Associations, they establish several new residential and respite facilities. Among these, Glengowan House emerges as the organisation's first homelessness service, catering to young men in Pollokshields.
1976 - 1977

Mitre Flat and Mitre House

Starting off in a nun's residence, the group takes the lead in establishing weekend respite services for children with learning disabilities, named Mitre Flat. In 1977, Mitre House is founded, providing ongoing assistance for individuals with learning disabilities to this day.

The Story Begins

Recognising the absence of support for children with learning and physical disabilities, families collaborate with members of Glasgow's Catholic community to establish Support Clubs. These clubs offer day programs and activities.

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