Community groups and activities

Do you want to get more involved in your community?

Integration networks in Glasgow are groups of local agencies, community groups and volunteers who provide a range of services to asylum seekers and refugees in their area. They are a great way to meet people and find out more about what’s going on in your local area. There are also Refugee Community Organisations which have been set up and run by refugees themselves. More information about how to get involved in your local community can be found elsewhere on the site.

Some groups and activities are provided specifically for women and may be available in your local area:

North

South

West

Central

North

International Women’s Group aims to enable women (asylum seekers, or refugees, as well as other migrant women and native Scottish women) to build the skills and gain the confidence that will help them to integrate and fully contribute to the life of the community in which they live and work.  Provides a range of activities including English classes, jewellery making and Zumba.

Contact: 0141 557 5908 / iwg.north@hotmail.co.uk

 

St Rollox Women’s Group

Organisation: St Rollox Church

Location: 9 Fountainwell Road, Sighthill, G21 1TN

Contact: 0141 558 1809 / strollox@btinternet.com

Details: Women’s group drop-in.

 

South

Govan and Craigton Integration Network Women’s Group

Time: Fridays at 11.30 - 2.30pm (drop in)

Organisation: Govan and Craigton Integration Network

Location: Flat 2, Block 40, Tarfside Oval, G52 3AF.

Contact: Petra Hardie 0141 445 3718 / phardie@talktalk.net

Details: Group for asylum seekers and refugees who are feeling isolated, stressed or worried, or who just want to meet other women for social time together.  Support, referral, and signposting provided in a safe space. Children are welcome. 

 

Greater Pollok Integration Network Women’s Group

Time: Thursdays 1pm - 2.30pm

Organisation: GPIN

Location: GPIN community flat, Flat 11, 70 Kennishead Ave., G46 8RP

Contact: 0141 649 2000/ MoragStrachan@gpintegrationnetwork.co.uk

Details: Drop in for a cuppa and join in on their activities.

 

Amina The Muslim Women’s Resource Centre Women’s Friendship group

Would you like to: Join a friendly group of women? Discuss issues of interest or concern to you? Meet and exchange ideas with a diverse range of women? Attend workshops and seminars? Learn something new?

Meetings are held on Wednesdays at Amina MWRC, Network House, 311 Calder Street, Glasgow, G42 7NQ. Tea, coffee & light lunch provided. Childcare and travel costs can be paid. (Arrangements for childcare must be made a minimum of 5 days prior to the meeting date.) To join or to find out more please call or email Asma on 0141 585 8026/asma@mwrc.org.uk.

 

Karibu (Scotland) was set up in 2004 to provide support to refugee and asylum seeking women arriving in Glasgow. Amongst other activities, you can join sewing and cooking classes and there is also help available to improve employability skills. Visit Karibu at Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road Glasgow G51 3UU. You can also call to find out more by calling 0141 258 2535 or emailing info@karibuscotland.org.uk.

 

West

Oasis Women’s Group

Organisation: Maryhill Integration Network

Location: Maryhill Community Centre, 1st floor, 35 Avenuepark St G20 8TS

Contact: 0141 946 9106 / admin@maryhillintegration.org.uk

Details: Multicultural women’s group with arts and voluntary opportunities. Crèche facilities are available on a first-come first-served basis. Women are able to take part in a number of activities together, including arts & crafts, short courses on a variety of subjects, film screenings and are also able to exchange information and advice.

 

Kingsway Court Women’s Group

Time: Fridays 6pm - 8pm

Organisation: Kingsway Court Health & Wellbeing Centre

Location: Kingsway Court Health & Wellbeing Centre, Block 50, Kingsway Court G14 9SR

Contact: 0141 959 0129

Details: Open to all women. Meet other women from the local community and enjoy the many activities on offer.

 

North West Women’s Centre

Brings women together and helps them to tackle issues of importance in their lives. There are opportunities for women to develop non-traditional skills and improve their employment opportunities. They also work to raise awareness of women’s health issues and encourage women particularly young, disabled and ethnic minorities to make full and equal use of local activities.

Location: North West Women’s Centre, 17-33 Shawpark Street, Maryhill, Glasgow, G20 9DA. For more information, call 0141 576 1400 or email info@womenscentreglasgow.org.uk

 

Central

Unity Women’s Project drop-in

Contact: 0141 332 9765 / info@unitycentreglasgow.org / unitywomensproject@gmail.com

Details: Friendly and practical support in a comfortable and quiet women-only space. Hear about campaigning organisations and networks that may be able to help you.

 

Mother Theresa Women’s Group

Time: Wednesdays 12pm - 2.30pm (crèche available)

Organisation: MIN

Location: Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

Contact: 0141 946 9106 / admin@maryhillintegration.org.uk

Details: Multicultural women’s group with arts and one-to-one ESOL support.

 

Still We Rise Choir

Time: Monthly meetings – currently the group meets the first Wednesday of every month at CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts) 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD 6.30pm-8.30pm. Check the Facebook page (below) for updates.

Contact: cath.thulamama@gmail.com

Details: Glasgow-based singing group is open to all women but particularly to survivors of violence, family, friends and supporters. Set up 6 years ago, the group holds a meeting once a month to sing songs by, for and about women, celebrating our ability to survive and thrive. You don't need to have previous experience of singing, or to be able to read music, as everything is taught by ear and it’s free to come along. 

 

Scottish African Women’s Association runs fitness, dance, and netball groups and as well as a befriending service. Fitness sessions are usually held on Saturdays, and members are informed via text message. To get up-to-date information on what’s going on or to join a group, visit the Facebook page.

You can also contact Angeline Gutsa directly on 07572 825 713 or email: info@scottishafricanwomenassociation.org.uk