We experienced many challenges when we re-located from Uganda to the UK. Unable to work for several years due to immigration controls, we were dependent on help from churches, family and friends for our daily needs. Through finding ourselves in this situation we discovered that many immigrants face similar and sometimes worse difficulties. We also realised that there were very few organisations dedicated to offering the kind of practical help that would make a lasting difference.
Many people lose hope when circumstances are hard but we knew that by reaching out we could help others rediscover their skills and talents and improve their situation. We set up a very successful initiative in Glasgow in 2008 which gave immigrants access to the resources and opportunities they needed. Day-to-day we provided practical support and assistance from personal coaching, to advice on financial & legal matters, writing CV’s and applying for jobs.
Why Radiant & Brighter?
Based on our experience and encouraged by our friends, we made a decision to do something. That something is what became Radiant and Brighter, acquiring it’s Community Interest Company status in 2014. At Radiant and Brighter, we envision a community that is caring, a community that works together to bring about positive change. We believe everyone is uniquely gifted and has the ability to change their lived reality. Together, we can all make our communities Radiant and Brighter.
Peter Kitchen – Director
Peter is a General Practioner who is also very passionate about community, pastoring a growing church in his local community. Peter has been with Radiant and Brighter since it was founded. He enjoys spending time with his young family, playing football and writing music.
Lynette Jordan – Programme Development Volunteer
Lynette is a specialist in the field of community development, initially as a practitioner and latterly over the last 17 years as a lecturer training practitioners in community development and lifelong learning at the University of Glasgow until the end of 2015. She has trained community projects and committees throughout Scotland and has extensive international experience of working with women in Croatia, Zambia and Turkey, and on student centred learning with medical staff in Erbil, Iraq. She also has experience of leading on European Projects on both Learning Cities and Domestic violence. She has strong skills in facilitating educational work with community groups, workers, management and students.
At Radiant and Brighter we’re committed to doing our very best for our clients and partners. As the company grows and evolves we aim to make a consistently positive contribution to the local community.
Our vision is to close the gap between available opportunities and the disadvantaged within the community.
To provide a holistic approach which empowers communities and creates a safe space for disadvantaged groups to share knowledge and engage in a process of overcoming social, cultural and structural obstacles through the use of already existing skills, qualifications and talents.
- We believe everyone deserves equal opportunities
- We believe everyone is unique, gifted and of value
- We believe in shared learning
- We believe in positive participation
- We believe in respecting one another’s differences
Partnerships and Support Organisations.
We have built strong and lasting relationships. We enjoy working alongside businesses and organisations that share similar values, standards and aims as Radiant and Brighter. If you are interested in becoming one of our partner organisations please get in touch.
One of the most informative business experiences was during our time in Entrepreneurial Spark Glasgow hatchery. Coming from a different culture, it was vital that we understood the structural and economic environment we are in. Being in the Glasgow hatchery for just under a year gave us not only the support we needed at the time but also a greater conviction to keep going. www.entrepreneurial-spark.com
We have learned a lot from this fantastic organisation which mentors and supports us as a team/organisation. WES was one of the very first organisations that gave us real tangible support and since then we have never felt alone. Their very relational mentorship and support model has greatly influenced the way we reach the community.
Women’s Enterprise Scotland works to create an entrepreneurial environment where women-led businesses can flourish and grow. www.wescotland.co.uk
It is always such a pleasure working with CEMVO and we always look forward to the training days. Thanks to CEMVO and their great team for being very supportive to our work.
As a strategically funded partner of the Scottish Government Equalities Unit, CEMVO Scotland provides support to public, statutory and third sector organisations in the implementation of race equality in all areas of their organisational development and processes. Our overall role is to help increase and improve dialogue between mainstream organisations and the ethnic minority sector throughout Scotland. www.cemvoscotland.org.uk
It is such a pleasure working with Baseline360 as they have a shared vision of seeing people develop and grow in their careers.
Baseline 360 Limited is a social enterprise and community development organisation set up to provide responsive and tailored support services to individuals and community groups of ethnic minority backgrounds which may struggle to access support available through mainstream public organisations and private firms.
This challenge places the community groups we serve at a disadvantage, and affects what they are able to achieve and contribute, hence our aim to support them to tackle such disadvantage. www.baseline360.org
Nneoma is new organisation which we have supported through their start up and have now come on board as partners. It is a great pleasure to be able to work with a very inspirational and determined group of women.
Nneoma – An African Women Enterprise Initiative was set up to provide the platform that addresses the business challenges faced by African Women in Scotland by delivering tailored business training, coaching and mentoring, facilitate workshops, enterprise engagement, networking events, and support to women who want to go into enterprise. www.nneoma.org.uk
Young Enterprise Scotland is a registered charity that has been working to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise in Scotland for over 40 years. Their history is proudly linked with Junior Achievement Worldwide and they achieved independent Scottish Charity status in 1991. www.yes.org.uk
The Robertson Trust aims to improve the quality of life and realise the potential of people and communities in Scotland – inspired by the example of our founders, the Robertson Sisters.
They do this by recognising and responding to need and disadvantage, and by building the capacity and sustainability of charitable organisations. Every year, they fund and support charitable organisations of all sizes, committed to achieving positive change for individuals and communities across Scotland.
Today, The Robertson Trust is the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland. To date, they have given more than £150 million to charities. www.therobertsontrust.org.uk
The Hunter Foundation (THF) is a proactive venture philanthropy that seeks to invest in determining model solutions, in partnership with others, to troubling systemic issues relating to poverty eradication and educational enablement.
To date THF has invested circa £50m for the common good and over time they hope to invest a good deal more. www.thehunterfoundation.co.uk
One of our oldest business friend and sponsor has been Latta and Co Solicitors. This support is much appreciated.
Latta & Co solicitors have a particular specialism in Human Rights, Immigration, and Strategic Litigation. They have experience of a wide range of cases from business immigration to contentious deportation cases. Latta & Co are registered with the UK Border Agency to provide legal representatives’ same-day premium service. www.lattalaw.co.uk
We would like to thank RBS and their fantastic team for the sponsorship and all the support which made the launch of our annual Radiant and Brighter Communities event a great success in 2013. Special thanks to our keynote speakers Minister Humza Yousaf MSP and Sir Geoff Palmer professor at Heriot-Watt University who delivered very inspirational speeches about their personal experiences. Also special thanks to Thom Kenrick Head of Community Programmes RBS for taking the time to be our RBS representative speaker on the day. Also we would like to express our gratitude to Hugh Lightbody Chief Officer Business Gateway, Jackie Brierton enterprise Coordinator Growbiz, Thandi Mtetwa lecturer at Univerity of West of Scotland, Chimezie Umeh Senior Consultant Baseline, Fraser Latta Managing Director Latta and Co. Solicitors, Twimukye Mushaka Field Work Development officer Poverty Alliance, Elizabeth Ibe Director Nneoma who volunteered their time to take part in the discussion panels. We would also like to thank other organisations, individuals, our clients and also our volunteers who made it to the event and took part in the various roles. www.rbs.co.uk
We would like to thank The Wise Group and their fantastic team for the sponsorship and all their support. The Wise Group is a social enterprise. They’re a business that provides solutions to social problems. They’ve got a commercial focus but they re-invest any profits for the benefit of the people and communities they work with. Since 1980 the Wise Group’s been changing lives – helping people gain new skills and get off benefits and into work, reducing reoffending, regenerating communities, working to eliminate fuel poverty and trying to create a greener society. They have projects across Scotland and the North East of England developing and delivering innovative services to meet the needs of the people and communities they work with. www.thewisegroup.co.uk
We would like to thank Marks & Spencer and their fantastic team for the sponsorship and all the support. M&S is one of the UK’s leading retailers, with over 1,330 stores worldwide. They are committed to delivering sustainable value for our shareholders and enhancing lives every day through the high quality, own brand food, clothing and home products we offer in our stores and online both in the UK and internationally. www.marksandspencer.com
We are always grateful to our individual donors whose contributions make it possible for us to carry on especially during these difficult financial times. It makes a huge difference to the people we reach. To donate please contact us