On 7th February a launch event was held at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) for the VOLPOWER and RESPOND research projects.
In the VOLPOWER morning session Prof Umut Korkut, Dr Fiona Reid and Dr Fiona Skillen introduced the project, its aims and objectives. Two PhD students, Doga Atalay and Marcus Nicolson, also introduced their related research topics and areas of expertise.
Speakers from Cricket Scotland, Volunteer Scotland and the University of Strathclyde presented on their areas of expertise; including inclusionary sports practices, volunteering and migrant youth integration. The speakers and their presentation topics were as follows:
Ammar Ashraf – Wicketz Springburn and Inclusionary sports practices in Glasgow
George Thomson – Volunteer Scotland and its objectives
Dr Daniela Sime – Eastern European Migrant Youth, experiences of belonging and volunteering
We were happy to have a high turnout for the event and the audience were engaged in the discussion around the potential benefits of volunteering and the barriers faced by young people to carrying out this work.
The day was shared with another project; RESPOND, and in the evening a lecture was given by András Kováts on the Hungarian experience of migration, political discourse and media in the Hungarian context.
Check out some photos from the event below: