Wel­come to Glas­gow

Hand­writ­ten post­cards for refugees

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Pupils have used their cre­ativ­ity to ex­tend the hand of friend­ship to refugees com­ing to Scot­land.

Pupils at Cathkin High School have cre­ated post­cards with heart­felt mes­sages which will be added to the wel­come packs refugees re­ceive when they ar­rive in Glas­gow.

The packs are is­sued by Re­fuweegee, a charity which sup­ports refugees in the city.

Stu­dents learned of the charity and its work as part of the ‘Oor Scot­land’ project, a spe­cial ini­tia­tive which cov­ered sub­jects in­clud­ing re­li­gious, moral and philo­soph­i­cal stud­ies (RMPS), English, per­son so­cial stud­ies and ICT.

It saw pupils learn about the refugee cri­sis, the per­cep­tion of Glas­gow as a wel­com­ing city and how refugees in par­tic­u­lar are made to feel at home.

Their post­cards in­cluded images of Glas­gow on the front, in­clud­ing the Glas­gow sky­line, the Duke of Welling­ton statue with a cone on his head, and a rain cloud to re­mind the refugees that it rains a lot in Glas­gow.

On the other side of their post­cards, the pupils con­sid­ered what they them­selves would like to hear on ar­riv­ing to a new city un­der ex­treme cir­cum­stances like the Syr­ian refugees are com­ing from.

They wrote where the best places to eat are in Glas­gow, the best sights in the city to go see and mostly they wrote pas­sion­ately about how this city was now the refugees’ home.

Sarah MacPher­son, of Re­fuweegee, ac­cepted the post­cards of be­half of the charity and thanked the young­sters for their hard work.

She said:“Ev­ery small act of kind­ness is hugely im­por­tant to the lives of these peo­ple ar­riv­ing in Glas­gow.

“These amaz­ing post­cards will be a con­stant visual re­minder that they are wel­come in our city and that they are now safe”.

Mrs Payne, an RMPS teacher who or­gan­ised the charity’s visit to the school, said it is more im­por­tant than ever for pupils to learn about the refugee cri­sis as fam­i­lies con­tinue to ar­rive in lo­cal schools and com­mu­ni­ties.

She said: “The vital work the Re­fuweegee charity un­der­take should over­shadow the neg­a­tive me­dia cov­er­age some of these strug­gling in­no­cent refugees are re­ceiv­ing.

“Glas­gow should be a wel­com­ing and safe en­vi­ron­ment for these peo­ple and our S2s proved that they are will­ing to be the gen­er­a­tion that de­clares that.”

Re­fuweegee is a com­mu­nity-led charity set up to en­sure that all refugees ar­riv­ing in Glas­gow are wel­comed to the city in true Glaswe­gian style.

It aims to pro­vide ev­ery refugee who ar­rives in the city with a com­mu­nity built wel­come pack.

Each pack will con­tain three cat­e­gories of items: essentials, Glas­gow wel­come and ‘let­ters from the lo­cals’ and as a re­sult of the fi­nal cat­e­gory, each pack will be com­pletely in­di­vid­ual.

Ev­ery small act of kind­ness is hugely im­por­tant to these peo­ple

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