CULTURAL BRIDGING PROJECT
The Cultural Bridging Project works with several voluntary and statutory organisations that show interest in this project. This project involves sharing cultures, ideas and skills with each other through different activities. Please contact us for more information or if you would like to join in.
The primary purpose of the project is to facilitate cultural bridging in the local communities to promote social inclusion for South Asian women in Edinburgh.
The project entail two-way cultural bridging activities to raise awareness of Scottish/Asian cultural needs and issues among local communities, that, it is hoped will help towards social inclusion of disadvantaged grass root South Asians in the mainstream local communities.
The activities include information around local South Asian people’s lifestyle, food, language, culture and religion, and several barriers faced by both South Asians and mainstream local communities to network and progress towards community cohesion.
All this happens in the form of cultural bridging sessions for mainstream local communities as well as South Asian women. The sessions take place initially separately and then participation in sessions together in more inclusive ways take place where information exchange is facilitated among women from various backgrounds.
- The cultural bridging sessions include discussion sessions around barriers, issues and needs of both communities to develop community cohesion strategies locally.
- Activities are organised that raise awareness of other cultures i.e. history, food, language, religion, lifestyle, etc. Interaction is created through information exchange among youth clubs, pre-school childcare, parenting skills exchange among young mothers, interaction of older people’s lunch clubs visits and cookery, sewing and creative writing activities.
- Training sessions for South Asian women to develop their skills to be able to work in mainstream projects i.e. catering & nutrition, childcare, sewing, leadership training etc.
- Cultural awareness sessions for both South Asian women and local mainstream communities.
The client group to be targeted mainly is South Asian disadvantaged communities and local mainstream communities/agencies.
Working with both communities will enable the organisation to address issues of social exclusion by plugging cultural awareness gaps among both communities and facilitate a platform where community cohesion issues can be discussed.