People really do make Glasgow and we are a city that prides ourselves on our warm welcome. At One Community Scotland we offer help and support to families and young people who are settling in to the city.
We have recruited ‘champions’ from the city’s Horn of Africa community to help us do this. The ladies have all created happy and successful lives in the city and are now offering a helping hand to others. Whether it’s getting to know the city, improving language skills or applying for jobs the ladies are there to help.
Our champions have been given a range of training so they can ensure people get the right support from people and services in the city to overcome any challenges. Community Champion Samira said: “We want people to know they are not alone, we are there to help whenever they need it. Whatever the problem we will do our best to get them the support they need.”
One Community Scotland is led by prominent campaigner Khadija Coll MBE, who has spent more than 25 years working in Scotland and Africa. Khadija explained: “The champions are dedicated women who understand the challenges that young people can face building a future here. Scotland is a friendly country that has great opportunities, we want to make sure everyone can make the most of those opportunities and contribute to the success of the country.”
Chief Inspector Alastair Muir of the SVRU said: “Building a life in a new country can be tough at times. It’s crucial that if issues do come up help is there to keep young people on the right track and making positive choices. Safe cities are created by engaged communities. ”
Launching the project in June 2018 the then Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “This project will have a crucial role in working with BME communities across Glasgow helping them to overcome barriers in access to education and encouraging positive life choices.”