CULTURAL BRIDGING PROJECT
Cultural Bridging Project worked with several voluntary and statutory
organisations that showed interest in this project. This project involved
sharing cultures, ideas and skills with each other through different
primary purpose of the project was to facilitate cultural bridging in the local
communities to promote social inclusion for South Asian women in Edinburgh.
project entailed two-way cultural bridging activities to raise awareness of
Scottish/Asian cultural needs and issues among local communities, that, it
hoped would help towards social inclusion of disadvantaged grass root South
Asians in the mainstream local communities.
activities included 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
of this happened in the form of cultural bridging sessions for mainstream local
communities as well as South Asian women. The sessions took place
initially separately and then participation in sessions together in more
inclusive ways took place where information exchange was facilitated among
women from various backgrounds.
cultural bridging sessions included discussion sessions around barriers, issues
and needs of both communities to develop community cohesion strategies locally.
were organised that raised awareness of other cultures i.e. history, food,
language, religion, lifestyle, etc. Interaction was 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.
sessions were held 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.
awareness sessions were held for both South Asian women and local mainstream
client group to be targeted mainly was South Asian disadvantaged communities
and local mainstream communities/agencies.
with both communities enabled the organisation to address issues of social
exclusion by plugging cultural awareness gaps among both communities and
facilitated a platform where community cohesion issues were discussed.