The team behind Super Market have been working closely with Radiant & Brighter who are based in the East End of Glasgow, the aims of the group are to help empower individuals and communities from BME, refugee and migrant backgrounds.
Kelly Conway from The Glasgow Markets (who runs Super Market at Argyle St Arches every 2 weeks) was welcomed by the organisations founders Micheal and Pheona Matovu to speak with the Bright Futures Programme for Women group about opportunities within Super Market, and are now this Sunday the first women from the group are to have their own stall.
Kelly explains; ‘The idea behind Super Market is to provide a successful platform local, independent, creative talent to share and sell their items with the public. It is very important for me for many aspects of the rich culture of Glasgow to be represented, including those from refugee and migrant backgrounds. By welcoming these women to Super Market visitors to the market will be treated to unique creative talent and crafts from all over the world and we hope this will help them to encourage them to start their own small businesses.’
The Radiant and Brighter approach aims to bridge the gap between the needs of the growing BME refugee and migrant communities and existing support provision in Scotland, partnering with a range of expert organisations and a voluntary team of highly experienced individuals from recognised businesses and minority ethnic communities. The Bright Futures Women’s Leadership and Enterprise Program provides support to Asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who wish to develop their leadership and enterprise skills. As well as the stall Super Market will also be raising money to help support the programme.
Agnes who takes part in the Bright Futures Leadership and Enterprise
Program said; 'It has helped me integrate. I have got connections with powerful women and learnt how to apply for jobs and writing CV’s ... I’m learning how to survive in the UK as an ethnic minority. I am building my confidence on a daily basis. I meet people with new ideas and I no longer look down on myself.'
Visitors to are treated to a wide range of traders from fashion designers, beauty & skincare, jewellery, zero waste products, food & drink produce, artists, gifts, plants, vinyl records, homeware, furniture as well some of the best stalls from Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market. As well as plenty of shopping there are also a whole host of activities to keep everyone amused such as an on site masseuse, children area with free face painting and free art activities for children and adults.
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