During a crisis, people show who they really are.

Since the G13/G14 Hub was set up little more than 100 days ago, it’s been clear to me that so many care about their neighbours and, more importantly, they are willing to step up and show it.

The hub has been a lifeline for hundreds of people across Yoker, Knightswood and Scotstoun. Yes, in a material sense – providing food, baby supplies and collecting shielders’ prescriptions – but socially too, reminding people who can easily feel forgotten and ignored that they are an important part of their community too.

The people working at the hub are a diverse bunch – but that is part of what makes it work. Local stalwart Sandy Busby (dubbed the ‘Lord Mayor of Yoker’) oversees the project, together with councillors Eva Murray, who spends her day co-ordinating and planning to keep things ticking over, and Michael Cullen (both pictured right), whose support and hard graft has also been integral.

But as well as community workers, there are teachers, doctors, parents, students, local residents, workers on furlough, and even people who received support in the early days of the hub who now want to provide that help to others.

But what happens next? As schools prepare to go back after summer; as people like myself prepare to return to work and as child-care becomes an issue again, what happens with what has been built?

There is a moral imperative to continue helping those in need. Over the last three months, hundreds of people and families in two postcode areas alone have been found to need help on a regular basis – can we now abandon them?

Unfortunately, it’s not clear what the future holds, not just for ‘The Hub’, but for Glasgow’s voluntary sector generally. Yoker Resource Centre and Community Campus has been a local institution for more than 35 years.

But now, its future is uncertain due to funding changes being made by the Glasgow City Council administration.

In the middle of the biggest crisis of the last hundred years, where the work of community organisations has been recognised as “lifesaving” by the council leader, the council has advised those same organisations to issue redundancy notices to employees.

At a time of unprecedented uncertainty, even more, doubt has been sown for those who can ill afford it.

During a crisis, people show who they really are – and they have shown themselves to be resilient, determined and, most importantly, caring.

I hope that, as we emerge from the crisis, Glasgow City Council lets them flourish and doesn’t forget to repay their debt to them.