Apprenticeship event for young people from the Minority Ethnic Community

Young people from Glasgow have the chance to find out more about apprenticeship opportunities at a special event taking place on Friday 13 January 2017.

Radiant and Brighter, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland and Wheatley Group are working on the event which aims to promote inclusion of the Minority Ethnic Community.

The free event is aimed at young people living in Glasgow and the surrounding areas aged between 16 and 24 and their parents and carers.

Information will be available at the event on opportunities and support available for individuals, helping young people when making choices about their future.

The event also includes the opportunity for individuals to register for a programme which could lead to a guaranteed apprenticeship interview.

Employers including Ernst and Young, You Train and Loretto Health Care are already confirmed to attend.

Email to register your place.

Check out apprenticeship opportunities on dedicated website


Celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in Scotland, 9 November, 2016

When: Wednesday 9 November 0930hrs – 1200hrs

The GoGlasgow Hotel,
517 Paisley Road,
Glasgow G51 1RW

Radiant and Brighter have been working with Marks and Spencer over the past year on a project to help them find hidden talent for their workforce and to help the migrant community integrate into the Scottish economy.

Hear about the initiative from David Bates, Head of Region for Marks & Spencer Scotland Central and West and from participants on how their lives have changed.

Laurie Russell, Chief Executive of the Wise Group will talk about what role others could play in supporting minority ethnic inclusion in the work place.

Refugee Week Event 2016

As an organisation which reaches more than 250 refugees and asylum seekers every year, we are most delighted to invite you to our next event which will take place during the refugee week on 23rd June 2016 from 5pm to 9pm. This event has been organised in line with the refugee week theme this year, ‘welcome’.

Performances will include;

  • The fantastic Centrestage Gospel choir singing with our very own Radiant and Brighter family
  • A play organised and acted by Refugees and asylum seekers
  • The unlikely lads from Centrestage
  • African products for sale and much more….

Tickets will be sold at the door at £10 and will include an African hot buffet meal. Bring your friends and family along to a fun packed inspirational event!

The first of our inspirational events on 18th March 2016

We are pleased to announce that we will be having the first of our inspirational events on 18th March 2016. Our inspirational events aim to inspire, educate and change perceptions as well as raise funds for our work. We also aim to bring together people from all walks of life to engage in the current diversity discussion and inclusion of less privileged communities.

The March event like all our inspirational events will have a proverbial theme, “Milk and honey have different colours but they share the same house peacefully”- African proverb. It is intended to get people thinking deeper about diversity and its benefits to communities, organisations and businesses.

We would like to thank Marks and Spencer and The Wise Group who are sponsoring the event. We would also especially like to thank our keynote speakers Lea Gilmore and Laurie Russell Chief Executive of The Wise group. Look out for further updates on this event soon or to find out more, please contact us here

Once again thanks
Pheona Matovu, Director
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Fundraising event in December 2015.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all who supported our fundraising event in December 2015. We want to say we are forever grateful for all the donations both financially and in kind towards the raffle as well as the attendance on the night, despite the heavy rain many had to ‘overcome’ in order to attend. Special thanks go to Helen Ormiston who did a fantastic job of hosting the event and Lynette Jordan who facilitated the stories session.

Those of you who turned up on the night had the opportunity to hear one of our clients from Iraq share his story of his brother who was beheaded. It was however very heart-warming to hear him share his passion for people and his desire to study anthropology as he now seeks to understand why people behave the way they do. One of the wonderful people on the night offered to support him on that journey and we look forward to a bright future for this young man.

In total, we raised £593 which went towards supporting the work of Radiant and Brighter. We would also like to thank The Key Store on Cathcart Road, Kashmir Stores, Royal Bank of Scotland, Marks and Spencer, Cathcart District Housing Association, BRGR, The Battlefield Co-op, Cineworld and Exotic African Treats (E.A.T) for all the support and fantastic raffle prizes. It was great to have 12 Marks and Spencer Managers attending on the night too, we look forward to working together more in the future.

We also must say what a performance from Lea Gilmore and Jonny from Centre Stage who volunteered to perform for us free! Thank you very much indeed, we can’t wait to work with you again next year. With us this time, make sure you can come next year, you sure don’t want to miss again!

We also especially want to thank Rev. Derrick and Elinor Watson and Cathcart Baptist Church for providing a free venue. The fundraising would not have been such a success without your support.

Following several requests from many of you, we will be launching a friends of Radiant and Brighter fundraising campaign next year. This will enable those who would like to make regular or one-off donations to the work of Radiant and Brighter. As many of you will know, we are not core funded and currently depend on unpaid volunteers so this would make it possible for us to continue our work with migrants who often do not know where to turn.