Our day trip to Largs went really well – 14 women and their children enjoying a day at the seaside is a lovely sight to behold. Even the best efforts of the Scottish weather did not dampen the day.
In other and very important news – we have made the big move! We are now based in the Red Road flats.
Built in the 1960s these flats were seen as a solution to the housing crisis of that time – with many people living in slums where overcrowding was commonplace. However the new flats were not without their own problems and by the 1970s the high rises were known for anti-social behaviour and crime.
In the late nineties the then labour government made changes to immigration and asylum policy which lead to Scotland receiving a large number of asylum seekers – with many housed in the red road flats. In recent times this has lead to a varied mix of native Scots, black and minority ethic groups and migrant workers from eastern Europe inhabiting the flats. Over the last few years regeneration has started in the area which has led to buildings being marked for demolition.
As part of the regeneration process two of the flats have been worked into a wonderful community studio – of which we are very grateful to have been given use of. The address is 10 Red Road Court Flat 23/3 (buzzer 223) – a map can be seen HERE. We meet on Mondays (note change of date from Thursday) from 10am -5pm.
Photos of our new abode can be found HERE. We are easily reachable by bus – services 9, 12 and 56 go from city centre.
As part of our move we have also compiled a wish list of things that we need – if you have any of these going spare and would like to donate please contact us unitywomensproject[@]gmail.com. We have very little in the way of funding so all donations will be gratefully received.
big notice board
writing pens (biros)
staples and stapler
2 draw filling cabinet
Bechaela, one of our volunteers, has done a lovely article about the garden project – which can be read HERE.
Are you involved in working with female refugees and/or asylum seekers and their children in Glasgow?
We offer a friendly and supportive informal service in the west end of the city – we also offer accompaniment to legal appointments and help women navigate the labyrinth of services that are available to them.
If you would like to make service users aware of us then we have an easy to read and print poster available as a .PDF file here.
Spread the word!
Our volunteers at the project have a training day coming up – in supporting traumatised asylum seeking women. The event is being organised by CSEL (Centre For The Study Of Emotion & Law) a fantastic charity based in London whose aim is to provide high quality applied research to inform legal decision making regarding people who have been oppressed – ensuring equal justice for all.
The training day has proved to be really popular and is fully booked – this is great news for us as it means we can learn, discuss and network along with other agencies in the field. It is important for us to know what other services are available to the women we support so that we can refer them on and, likewise, from them to ourselves. Many of the ladies we support have gone through what can only be described as hell. We are constantly amazed and inspired by how strong they are and through this we are determined that they are aware of and have access to all the services that are available to them.
One aspect of the training day that we are really looking forward to is the lunch prepared by the women from Karibu. This unique charity was set up in 2004 by a lady called Henriette Koubakouenda to address a gap in available services – support for African women by African women. The name “Karibu” means welcome in Swahili and since 2004 they have grown from meeting in a living room to having their own premises in the city centre.
Now at over a hundred members strong they work to promote the confidence, skills and integration of African women into local communities. We are hoping that from our training that we will use our new knowledge of psychological research that has been done on asylum seeking women to broaden our understanding of what they have come through and to improve our services.