About us

Merry-go-round is a social enterprise and registered charity dedicated to helping local families.  Our aims are threefold;  to save local families money by offering great children’s goods at low prices, to support local families in need with free goods and to provide employment and volunteering opportunities in the local community. We made a nice colourful picture that shows you what we do.

Our shop
We have a gorgeous shop in the Southside of Glasgow that stocks everything baby at low, low prices.  We save families money with fabulous, high quality, pre-loved children’s goods at a fraction of the original price.  Find out more about what we stock here.  Our friendly staff are always on hand to help you find whatever you need.  Be sure to ask them to see other stock options and sizes.

Come find us, we’re open Monday-Saturday, 9.30am-4.30pm.

**We currently have two mini Merry-go-rounds too!**

RAMH re-use superstore, 1 Houston Square, Johnstone, PA5 8DL.  OPEN 12noon-4.30pm every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Heart for the City, 588 London Road, Bridgeton, G40 1DZ. OPEN 2pm-5pm every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Our events

We host a huge number of events each month – everything from music classes to story time and from breastfeeding support to cloth nappy information.  We want to bring you together and meet other people.  Our full timetable lets you know what’s on.

Our partnership work
We run a partnership programme working with local agencies to help families in need.  We currently have over 50 registered partners including Shelter, Refuweegie and Govanhill Community Development Trust. Our partners access free goods for the women and families that they work with through our online referral system.  So far we have given out over 400 packs to families in need.

Do you work for an agency that works with vulnerable women and families?  Please contact us to find out more about registering as a partner to access free goods.

Our community
We pride ourselves on being a community hub and somewhere that local families can come to hang out.  We’ve got a lovely parenting room for feeding, changing and having a cuppa at any time.

Our volunteers
Since we opened in April 2012 over 50 people have come to volunteer with us to gain new skills, meet new people, get work experience or to give back to the community.  See the Come join us tab for more information on how to join in the fun.

Our staff

Rajkiran Atwal
Retail Manager

Rajkiran has been a valued member of our team since we first opened our doors in April 2012. Rajkiran started as a volunteer and is now our full time Retail Manager. Rajkiran has gone from knowing nothing about children’s goods to knowing more about prams, buggies and breastpumps than anyone without children (or with for that matter) should know!

Lynda Robertson
Stockroom Supervisor

Lynda had been a regular customer at Merry-go-round when she saw we had a position available in the store. She jumped at the chance to join us in August 2013 and since then Lynda has firmly established herself as a stock room and product expert. Lynda knows exactly what we have and where we have it so be sure to test her knowledge next time you’re in.

Nicole McIntyre
Retail Assistant

Nicole started with us through the Community Jobs Scotland scheme for 6 months in October 2014. We’re delighted to have been able to keep Nicole employed with the help of the Glasgow Guarantee fund.   She also moonlights at the Hydro and sees more gigs then any of the rest of us combined!

Mark Rautenbach
Stockroom Assistant

Mark joined us over a year ago through the Community Jobs Scotland scheme, and we liked him so much we kept him on with the help of the Glasgow Guarantee fund.  His job as stockroom assistant is to sort, test organise and arrange everything in our stockroom.  We are lucky to have a dedicated stockroom person to help us get our goodies to you faster.

 

Debbie Armour
Events Coordinator

Debbie has been a familiar face in Merry-go-round since we first opened. She has hosted the Bumps & Babies group since the beginning and has recently taken on hosting the Nappucino’s too.  It seemed sensible that we just go ahead and take her on as our Events co-ordinator!  Debbie has many other strings to her bow too including being a birth Doula – Bloom Doula Services

Rachel Porteous
Partnership Officer

Funded by the Robertson Trust and the Glasgow Graduate Fund, our Partnership Officer post is vital to the running of our partnerships scheme.  Rachel signs up agencies and puts together packs for families who need baby items.  She is also busy looking at locations for us to pop up in.

Claire Reid
Graphic designer and all round Merry-go-rounder

Claire first joined us as a retail volunteer but when we realised she was an awesome graphic designer we quickly roped her in to producing all our artwork and posters.  She then became our Events coordinator in July 2013 and then our Partnerships coordinator before going on maternity leave and having our very first Merry-go-round baby!  Lucky for us she still loves to design all our artwork and help out whenever she can.

Laura Thom, Samantha Moir, Louise Allan, Lynne Dent, Ross Burns

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Merry-go-round Board

Merry-go-round is run by five members of the local community. Samantha Moir founded Merry-go-round after having her son Elliot and realising how much baby stuff was cluttering up the planet. She was determined to ensure at least some of it went to a good home and wanted to encourage other families to buy pre-loved rather than new goods for their little ones. Louise Allan has been involved in Merry-go-round since the beginning and has brought her expertise of running a community theatre company which has proven invaluable! Laura Thom first met Sam at a breastfeeding class when they were both very pregnant and heard Sam talking about her dream of opening Merry-go-round. She was lucky enough to be roped in to get the shop up and running and has now joined the board.  Lynne Dent, a local resident and mum works for the BBC and has recently joined us to bring her management expertise.  Ross Burns a marketing manager at Zero Waste Scotland has also recently joined us to bring in some marketing support.

If you are interested in joining the board please contact us to find out more.