A RETIRED teacher is calling for a group which helped him turn his life around to be saved.

Nu Me, a group operating in North Glasgow, provides financial capability classes, mental health and mindfulness workshops, fitness groups and outings for people, regardless of their age, background or situation.

Brian Burns taught in the north of Glasgow before taking early retirement and taking up care of his elderly mother.

The former teacher said he went through “two years of hell” after his mother died and said Nu Me helped him get his life back together again.

“I was living like a hermit,” he said.

“Nu Me were hosting a mindfulness course in Milton, in the library, I went along.

“I asked to sit in on the first meeting to see what it was like, but I enjoyed it so much that I stayed for the whole eight weeks.

“It’s amazing what it’s done for me.”

Brian, who lives in Balornock, was especially impressed with a financial capability class he took, which helped him stay on top of his money.

The group, run by North United Communities, is worried about its existence after Britain’s exit from the European Union, which provided the bulk of the organisation’s funding.

Because the group does not provide targeted support for a specific community or group, it is ineligible for most Scottish Government funding.

The group can apply for funding through the Communities Fund, which supports generalist organisations like Nu Me but Sara is worried about their prospects.

Sara Kytzia is the project lead for the group and thinks the its biggest challenge is refusing to label people.

“We don’t label people, we work with people in work and some who have never worked.

“It’s community as community falls.

“Allowing community itself to build itself up and and lift itself out of some of the generational poverty traps.”

The Glasgow Times has contacted the Scottish Government for comment.