We are delighted to welcome the newest member of our team – Fakhriya Abdulkadir. No stranger to Interfaith Glasgow, Fakhriya has been an integral part of our Weekend Club interfaith volunteer team since 2015, helping to deliver events aimed at tackling the social isolation experienced by people from refugee backgrounds.

As Events and Outreach Assistant, Fakhriya will be focussed on supporting the delivery and development of our Weekend Club. She has considerable experience of working with people from refugee backgrounds and was awarded an Ethnic Minority Impact Award by CEMVO in 2017 in recognition of her voluntary work in this area. Fakhriya completed the University of Glasgow ACTIVATE programme, training community activists in community development principles and practice. She went on to complete her HNC in Working with Communities at Glasgow Kelvin College, and is now entering her 3rd year of her BA Community Development at the University of Glasgow.  Fakhriya is deeply committed to highlighting the inequalities faced by asylum seekers and refugees and to challenging the ideologies and power structures that affect marginalised groups.

Over the years, Fakhriya has built her experience of working with groups working with people from refugee backgrounds, and specifically, with asylum seeking and refugee women. She has facilitated workshops for Amina (the Muslim Women’s Resource Centre), Inspiring Women Scotland (working with women on the Syrian Resettlement Programme) and Saheliya. She has also worked as a peer researcher on the Participatory Action research on health and human rights in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, Strathclyde University and NHS, where she assisted in designing questions, conducting focus groups and presenting findings at several conferences across Scotland. Her hope is to have a society where everyone is treated with respect, dignity and equality, regardless of race, religion or status.
We are delighted to have her experience and expertise on our team!