Moments of Freedom
Moments of Freedom is a project that is led by New Scot women in Clydebank, in partnership with Outside the Box and West Dunbartonshire Council. Moments of Freedom use community mapping and peer support to develop inclusive community connections in their local area.
You can learn all about Moments of Freedom on their website: www.momentsoffreedom.org
Regular blog updates are posted here: www.momentsoffreedom.org/blog where you can read all about what the women are up to.
The women have also been working on creating useful resources for other New Scots which you can find here: www.momentsoffreedom.org/resources
What we're doing
We work to build and strengthen relationships at a local community level. We are setting up community gatherings to build and strengthen relationships in our local community so that we have opportunities to learn from each other.
We are making links with groups across greater Glasgow to share experiences with people new to Scotland so that we can shape our communities to work better for families local to Clydebank. Before Covid-19 we held monthly community gatherings across different venues in Clydebank – all welcome – providing hot drinks, cake, activities for children and a space to relax and chat.
In 2022 we held two in-person community gatherings in Centre 81, Clydebank. These were a chance for the women to come together with local community members and local elected members to chat about their work and share recipes and food.
This year we held another community gathering in Centre 81. This was a chance for the women to share Syrian coffee and drinks with local community members, organisations, elected members and other New Scots as part of Scottish Refugee Festival Week.
During lockdown at first, we all felt doing wellbeing activities was a good way for us to come together. Our drive now is to develop our cultural awareness sessions.
The impact it's having so far
Impacts for women
Increasing confidence and reducing social isolation
- safe spaces for women to come together, connecting with other New Scot women, local families and other community associations.
- contributing to and taking part in local community activity to build new networks and access to wider opportunities.
- sharing skills, knowledge and experiences through peer support and cultural learning to bring people together.
Impacts for communities
Increasing diverse, well connected and resilient communities by:
- supporting kindness and wellbeing at the heart of community by sharing local welcoming activities
- access to co-produced resources and tools that support diverse community activity
- new community initiatives and networks are part of creating new opportunities for the whole to community to enjoy.
Impacts for local authorities and resettlement teams
A partnership with OTB that enables New Scots to be active in their communities by providing:
- an effective and sustainable approach for the meaningful integration of New Scot families that continues past their initial support period.
- access to co-produced resources and tools that support integration and new partnerships for sharing good practice.
- a clear and sustainable local strategy that supports the ongoing delivery of the Scottish New Scot: refugee and integration strategy.