Refuge Garnethill - watch the film!

Refuge Garnethill

New film shows wonderful journey of 'Refuge Garnethill' photography project

St Aloysius Church in Glasgow has been hosting English language classes for refugees and asylum seekers since March 2016. The people being helped are from all over the world: Syria, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kurdistan (East, West and South), Iraq, Iran, Egypt, DRC, Kuwait, China, Vietnam and El Salvador.

Staffed only by volunteers, the classes provide a high level of instruction in the four language skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing. This will prepare the refugees and asylum seekers for life in the UK and hopefully a course at one of the Glasgow colleges - Clyde, City or Kelvin. Indeed, the hope is that they will study for SQA qualifications in English and from there go on to further or higher education.

‘Refuge Garnethill’ was a unique project which took place between July and August this year and involved twelve of the English langauge students from St Aloysius Church. Working with staff at the Glasgow School of Art over a 10 week period, the students developed not only their photography skills but also their English language and presentational skills. Most importantly, they were able to build up their self-confidence and a stronger attachment to their new home in Glasgow. A film about this project was produced by Sancta Familia Media and is now available to view on YouTube.

The film can be viewed here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0BHMEBo6bY (or below).

A final exhibition of the work the twelve 'New Glaswegians' produced is on at The Tenement House until 30th November (more details about that here)

Those who took part are extremely grateful for the guidance and instruction provided by staff at the Glasgow School of Art – their ideas, technical expertise in photography, and exhibition design are the reason this project was such a success. A special thank you to them. 

Grateful thanks also to Frs Dermot and John of St Aloysius Church, Iain and Peter (architects and project management team), and National Heritage Lottery Fund for funding the project.