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

 

 

Moments of Freedom. New Scots connecting with communities. "Where we are now is what matters most"

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 are welcome – providing hot drinks, cake, activities for children and a space to relax and chat.

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.

Resources

Moments of Freedom - building relationships with the local community

Moments of Freedom

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Moments of Freedom Pilot evaluation 18th December 2017

Moments of Freedom – Pilot Evaluation

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Moments of Freedom December 2018 review

Moments of Freedom – 2018 Review

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