In partnership with Social Enterprise Academy, we supported a group of new Scots in Glasgow and the surrounding areas to develop their existing leadership skills and make new connections.

The group met twice a month for six months from October 2021, and will now take their learnings to their wider communities across Scotland.

The News Scots Leadership programme also offered the opportunity to progress directly into Edinburgh Napier University’s BA in Business and Enterprise at third year level.

This unique and timely series of programmes were made possible thanks to Glasgow Communities Fund and support from the Scottish Government.


Sabir Zazai, Chief Executive at Scottish Refugee Council:

“Community leaders play such a vital role in our society, building bridges and breaking down barriers. At such a difficult time for refugee rights in the UK, programmes like this are a lifechanging opportunity to build new skills, make new connections and build the welcoming future for refugees that we want to see.

“It is more important now than ever before to harness and invest in the goodwill and talents of our refugee leaders to change outcomes for others seeking sanctuary.”


Watch this space for future opportunities.


Photography: Open Aye






Chris Afuakwah
Author: Chris Afuakwah