Glasgow Welcome is a befriending project which pairs up newcomers to the city with people who know Glasgow well. The pairs meet every two weeks over a six month period to explore some of the free cultural sites the city has to offer. From Kelvingrove Park to the People’s Palace, the new friends explore sights around Glasgow and get to know each other along the way.
The project came about from our partnership with Glasgow Clyde College, and our refugee internship scheme which offers refugees and asylum seekers a 6-9 week placement in the RST office. From hosting a series of amazing interns in the office we realised that a common wish was to have more opportunities to meet locals and practice English in a casual setting. At the same time we also receive a lot of enquiries from people interested in volunteering roles which would allow them to get to know refugees and asylum seekers better. So, Glasgow Welcome was born!
Glasgow Welcome gives everyone the opportunity to see parts of the city through new eyes, whether you’re visiting a place for the first time or the hundredth time. It’s also a chance to meet someone from a different culture and get to know them while exploring the city together.
Check out these fabulous videos made by Glasgow Welcome participants with the help of our friends at Media Co Op documenting their experiences of taking part in this project:
Andrew and Biko see the sights
Glasgow Welcomes a party
In the Same Boat with Gisella and Natasha
Sound like fun? If you’d like to get involved or are interested to hear more about the project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141-353-5602.