Who we are
About Radiant and Brighter
Radiant and Brighter Community was founded in 2012 and became a registered Community Interest Company in 2014. We aim to promote diversity through education, inspiration and changing perceptions, applying the insights gained by our founders on their own journey to deliver greater societal integration and economic participation.
The organisation was founded by Micheal and Pheona Matovu after experiencing years of unemployment as a result of immigration controls and gaps in employment support provision. From their personal experience and learning acquired during this period, they started up an initiative to provide much needed support for migrant communities.
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. We partner with a range of expert organisations and a voluntary team of highly experienced individuals from recognised businesses and minority ethnic communities. Our partners include; Taylor Wimpey, Marks & Spencer, Centrestage, and Street Soccer. We also have links with Women’s Enterprise Scotland, GrowBiz and Latta and Co Solicitors.
We are proud to be supported by the Scottish Government Social Innovation Partnership fund in partnership with The Hunter Foundation – in recognition of the innovative practices we are piloting and delivering. Radiant and Brighter is also part of the ‘ScotlandCanDO’ eco-system for Enterprise.
Our success has been recognised in a number of press and media articles in addition to a variety of awards. Examples include; being featured on STV, an Employability Impact Award from the Council for Ethnic Minority and Volunteers Organisations (CEMVO) and receiving The Evening Times Community Award. Radiant and Brighter is also featured in the Scottish Entrepreneurship government paper as a good practice case study.
MEET THE TEAM
Micheal and Pheona Matovu
Unable to work for five years due to immigration controls Micheal and Pheona had to depend on family, friends and the local community for basic needs on a daily basis. During this time, they discovered that there were no identifiable organisations dedicated to offering practical help to immigrants arriving Scotland for meaningful integrate into the local community and workplace. They found that people not only lost hope due to difficult circumstances but also lost their confidence and previously acquired skills due to structural barriers. However, they knew that by reaching out they could support others rediscover their skills and talents and improve their situation.
To provide a holistic person-centred approach engaging and empowering minority ethnic communities to share experiences, build relationships and reach their full potential to become an integral part of the local community contributing socially, economically and culturally. To raise awareness of cultural diversity within private, public and third sector organisations through educational programs, creating a platform to explore the impact of culture and diversity within the workplace and society. To influence policy driving systemic change for the promotion of inclusive practices for a radiant and brighter future.
Developing a true understanding of culture and diversity through education, inspiration and changing perceptions, building stronger communities and a brighter future.
- Respecting one another’s differences
- Equal opportunities for everyone
- Everyone is unique, gifted and of value
- Believe in shared learning
- Positive participation for everyone in the community
- Support people to build careers for life.
- Create a self-sustaining culture among marginalised communities.
- Raise awareness of opportunities available to the community.
- Improve and encourage diversity and integration within communities
- Expand culture awareness within the private, public and third sector.
- Support mainstream organisations to understand and reach marginalised communities
- Influence policy