To mark Giving Tuesday 2021, we launched a fundraiser to enable us to buy Christmas presents for the families who attend our Weekend Club for refugees, asylum seekers, and new migrants in Glasgow. Our wonderful interfaith community showed their generosity once again, allowing us to buy and deliver over 100 presents to New Scots children in Glasgow.

The Weekend Club was looking forward to a festive get-together with participants at a Christmas party planned for mid-December. Unfortunately, in order to comply with updated Public Health Scotland guidance and to keep participants, volunteers and staff as safe as possible, the party had to be cancelled.  

Nonetheless, thanks to the generosity of our interfaith community, the Weekend Club team was still able to spread some festive cheer across Glasgow. After the success of our Christmas appeal in 2020, we launched our 2021 appeal on Giving Tuesday. We were blown away to reach our ambitious target of £1000 in less than 12 hours from launching the appeal. By the time the fundraiser closed, we had raised over £1700! This enabled us to buy presents for 48 New Scots families, with the remainder of the funds going towards ensuring that Weekend Club activities can continue in 2022. We know how much that means to so many people in our city.

As ever, our loyal team of volunteers didn’t let us down. Weekend Club staff and volunteers, along with Interfaith Glasgow trustees, worked together to buy, package, and deliver over 100 presents to the homes of Weekend Club participants all over Glasgow. While we were disappointed not to be able to host participants at our Christmas party and share festive crafts, games, and a meal together, we were delighted to be able to see participants at their doorsteps and spread some festive cheer!