We’ve teamed up with the Social Enterprise Academy, to launch a New Scots Leadership programme.

The project will support 16 people from the refugee community in Glasgow and surrounding areas to build on their existing leadership skills, develop new skills and support their wider communities to thrive.

Learners will have the option to work towards an ILM accredited Certificate in Leadership, which also offers the opportunity to progress directly into Edinburgh Napier University’s BA in Business and Enterprise at third year level.

Speakers from Scottish Refugee Council, Social Enterprise Academy and Glasgow City Council will launch the programme this morning at MBN Solutions, where the first sessions will then take place.


Reza Karimi, Community Development Officer at Scottish Refugee Council:

“New Scots bring so much talent, knowledge, expertise and skills to their new communities here in Scotland. I am really excited about this collaboration with Social Enterprise Academy, which will empower refugees living in Scotland to step forward as future leaders, to create thriving communities and strengthen civil society.

“It will be an honour to support this inspiring group on their leadership journey.”


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.”


Elsa Vibert, Programme Officer at the Social Enterprise Academy:

“We’re delighted to welcome 16 learners on to our New Scots Leadership programme with the Scottish Refugee Council! Participants will experience a collaborative and practical learning environment which will provide them with the tools to shape their new future.

“We hope to see ripples of this positive impact spread across the country, as this programme might inspire further empowerment and support for refugees leading in their communities.”


With thanks to MBN Solutions for generously allowing us to use your space for free this weekend, and to Glasgow Communities Fund and the Scottish Government for your support.


Chris Afuakwah
Author: Chris Afuakwah