We were thrilled to host our first development weekend for participants of our Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme in the ARC at the University of Glasgow earlier this month.

The Scottish Government-funded programme gave 50 young people a part-time paid internship with a public sector organisation, a charity or NGO, along with the support of an allocated mentor and employability sessions.

Participants of the MEELP listening to a speaker as part of the development weekend

As the programme draws to a close, the development weekend was a chance for participants to celebrate their achievements while taking part in further networking and professional and personal development opportunities, including workshops on public speaking and campaigning for social change.

We want to extend a special thanks to the Scottish Government for making the programme possible, all our programme participants for attending, and our mentors and guest speakers: 

Osama Bhutta, Director of Campaigns, Policy & Communications, Shelter 

Sue Tibballs, Chief Executive, Sheila McKechie Foundation 

Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, Save the Children 

Briana Pegado, Author & Consultant, Creative Scotland 

Thanks also to colleagues who have supported the programme over the past year.

Group of programme participants sitting at tables listening to a guest speaker as part of the development weekend

Our thanks also to those who contributed to our video welcoming programme participants to the weekend: Baroness Davidson of Lundin Links, Resham Kotecha, Nelson Cummins, Preet Kaur Gill MP, Dr Mark Wong, Councillor Fatima Joji and Aamer Anwar.

Participants of the MEELP programme stand in a group looking at the camera as part of the development weekend in the ARC