On Saturday 26th February 2022, the Weekend Club invited newly arrived asylum seekers in Glasgow to a community meal at St. Andrew’s West Parish Church, with information sharing sessions and discussions and activities for kids.

The Weekend Club were delighted to host an event with St. Andrew’s West Parish Church to welcome New Scots to the city. We shared a delicious meal from Soul Food Sisters, before dividing up into groups to have focussed discussions on various topics relevant to life in Glasgow for those new to the city.

We were joined by Katie Sproull, coordinator of the Interfaith Food Justice Network, who spoke with participants about food support in the city and how to access it. Chris Dickson, Integration Development Worker at North Glasgow Integration Network, also attended the event as a representative of one of the city’s integration networks, and spoke about the support the networks can offer and how to hook into it. Lastly, we were joined by Robyn Dunbar-Smith, Engagement and Inclusion Advisor at Volunteer Glasgow, who spoke with participants about the benefits of volunteering, what opportunities are available, and how to get involved. Weekend Club staff and volunteers also chatted about free, fun activities that are open to everyone in Glasgow, and made suggestions of what participants can get up to in their free time. All adult participants got the chance to hear from all the speakers, make their own contributions, share their own experiences, and ask questions. Volunteers from the church and the Weekend Club team were also part of these conversations. 

Meanwhile, a group of volunteers organised and delivered various activities with some very excited kids! They played games and did Scotland-themed craft activities, including weaving their own tartan out of coloured paper.

This was a hugely successful event – lots of useful information was shared, new friendships were formed, and a delicious meal was eaten. A huge thanks to Kleber and the team at St. Andrew’s West for hosting us and making us feel so welcome.