Refuweegee was set up by Selina Hales in December 2015 to provide a warm welcome to forcibly displaced people arriving in Glasgow. As a result of the amazing response from people in Glasgow and beyond, we have provided over 2000 community-built, personal welcome packs and gained charitable status in September 2016.
Our aim is to enable the existing community in extending the friendly welcome that Glasgow is world renowned for*. We do this through our welcome packs, our events and our volunteer opportunities. We try to provide everyone who wishes to get involved with an opportunity to do so; be it through writing a letter, donating essential items, joining us at an event or fundraising.
We work with multiple organisations around Scotland, from our partners who distribute welcome packs through to schools and community organisations looking to do something similar in their area. We love hearing from other individuals, organisations, groups and projects and collaborating wherever we can on the very simple objective of making the world a nicer place to live.
The Refuweegee team is made up of five core team members.
The Founder. From community engagement and public speaking to donation sorting and building welcome packs, Selina is involved in all things Refuweegee.
All things welcome packs, prams and donations: Hannah makes sure that we get the right things to right people in the fastest possible way.
All things digital and comms: Whilst Jenn remains largely behind the scenes, she plays a critical role in the design of systems and processes that keep the team and those we work with, up to date and delivering in the smoothest possible way.
All things education: Clare works with schools and education establishments to explore the topic of forcible displacement and welcome. Get in touch if you’d like to hear more about our schools toolkit or running Refuweegee welcome projects within your learning space.
All things projects and events: Paula has worked on events with Refuweegee from film screenings to open mic evenings and will be developing a series of activities as soon as we can safely open our doors to you again!
Selina Hales • Gordon Kennedy • Gerard O'Sullivan • Leona Seaton • Yaman Shalaan