The summer holidays can be an isolating time for a lot of people, so organising fun, free, family-friendly events for New Scots during the summer months is an important part of what the Weekend Club does. In July, we were delighted to collaborate on an event for families with Parent Network Scotland at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, with a visit to the park.

When Aimee, a past Weekend Club participant who now works for Parent Network Scotland (PNS), approached the Weekend Club to suggest that we collaborate on an event for families during the summer holidays, we jumped at the chance. Together, we organised a family day out to Kelvingrove, with time in both the museum and the park, and invited Weekend Club and PNS families from refugee backgrounds.

To kick off the event, the families had time to explore the museum. For many of attendees, this was their first time visiting Kelvingrove Museum, and for some this was their first time visiting a museum since having arrived in Glasgow. As they wandered around, we asked everyone to identify the object that most resonated with them and take a photograph of it.

We then gathered for lunch, and Weekend Club and PNS staff, volunteers, and participants relished the opportunity to share a meal together and get to chat to some new people. Jackie Tolland, CEO of PNS, introduced the work of the charity and explained to participants how they can get involved with PNS’ projects. A Weekend Club participant who has completed many PNS courses spoke about her experience of them and how they benefited her.

The adults then broke into small groups for facilitated discussion, where they got the chance to share the photograph of the object they had chosen from the museum and explain why it appealed to them. The discussion prompted some profound conversation and meaningful connection between participants. Meanwhile, Weekend Club volunteers did some craft activities with the kids. And following this, the rain had finally stopped, and we all made our way to the park for some games organised by volunteers. A lovely end to an excellent day!

25th July 2022