Recognising that the wellbeing of refugees in Scotland is a concern shared across diverse faith and belief communities, in 2015, we established the Weekend Club as an intentionally interfaith response to the social isolation of refugees.
Glasgow is home to more asylum seekers than anywhere else in the UK. Often newcomers arrive here with little or no money, poor English, and suffering the effects of trauma. Many individuals and families find themselves extremely isolated, especially at the weekends when refugee services tend not to operate. The Weekend Club tackles this isolation and aids integration by working with a team of volunteers from diverse faith and belief communities to organise free monthly events for newcomers, usually in collaboration with other organisations and often hosted in partnership with faith communities. Weekend Club events are designed to help people from refugee backgrounds build social connections, enjoy fun activities and a good meal, get to know Glasgow and Scotland better, practise their English informally, and develop an appreciation of religious and cultural diversity as a positive aspect of contemporary Scottish life.