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Glasgow thematic report

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12 September 2017
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Themes:  Communication for Engagement

The Glasgow meeting of the Roma-NeT partners was the third set of working group meetings to take place in the Roma Net pilot delivery phase.  After the kick-off  in Paris in January when the themes of the working groups were decided - the first meeting occurred in Nagykálló Hungary, the second In Budapest-these two meeting followed each other during the same week.  But our reduced number of partners meant that having two working themes and separate meetings was not practical.  So we retained the themes and combined the meetings.  Our key theme in Glasgow was ‘Communication for Engagement’

The aims of the Glasgow meeting were:

  • To consider what is the basis for effective engagement?
  • To give partners time to discuss and agree the aims and purpose of the pilot development in each city.
  • To agree a collective aim and purpose
  • To support each other to identify their short and long term priorities
  • To consider what can actually be achieved by the end of the Pilot Delivery phase
  • To discuss the Roma- NeT Pilot Delivery communications plan and ask partners to contribute to this




The Agenda is included below.  It included a masterclass from Nora Ritok of the Pearl Foundation of Hungary talking about her experience working with some of the most marginalised Roma communities on the Hungarian border.  She has spent several years developing trust in her working relations with communities living in deep poverty and unable to find routes out of their situation. 

Nora told partners of the work she has done to incentivise parents to keep their children in school and to build skills for the adults so that they can create a community business using their skills in design and crafts. She also talked about the use of language and how we must be careful not to ‘dumb-down’ the language we use to describe just how shocking the conditions are that are being experienced by many Roma across Europe. 

A second masterclass was also given by Professor Colin Clarke of the University of the West of Scotland on the language we use around Roma Inclusion.

Additionally, we heard personal stories from Margo Uprichard of The Space Govanhill and an update on structural funding from Andor Urmos, DG Regio, European Commission. 




Partners participated in workshops facilitated by the Expert Team to consider the aims of the agenda.  Partners had visited Govanhill on previous visits to Glasgow, which is the area of Glasgow where most Roma live.  On this occasion they attended the celebration event of ‘The Big Noise’ in Govanhill: A community project that works with children and young people across multi-ethnic backgrounds in primary and secondary schools to teach music and give them the opportunity to be part of an orchestra and learn a musical instrument.


Wednesday 18 June

Arrival of participants


Dinner, Café Gandolfi, Albion Street, Glasgow Merchant City


Thursday 19 June


Meeting of the participants at the hotel’s hall for transfer to Samaritan House, 79 Coplaw Street, Govanhill, G42 7JG



Welcome to Glasgow – Mr Tom Turley – Glasgow City Council Introduction and background on local area – Marie McLelland, Glasgow City Council


About the Pilot Delivery Phase – and Aims of the Pilot Workshop 2 Meeting –

Ann Hyde, Lead Expert



Introduction to the theme: Communication and Engagement, Bela Kezy, Nagykallo

Setting the scene for the Master Class – things to think about during the story telling.  


Master Class - What is the basis for real community engagement?


The Hungarian experience - Nora Ritok, Nagykallo

10:45 – 11.00


11.00 – 11.30

The Glasgow Experience - Margo Uprichard, The Space Govanhill


11.30 – 11.45

Rapid thinking time – note taking - in pairs

  • What can we learn from the stories?
  • Practical things that can be implemented?
  • Did the descriptions give strong insight – why?



World Café - First set of table meetings – sharing their experiences discussing the key factors of building community relations – answering questions - .  Perspectives from:


  • Friends of Romano Lav
  • Police Scotland
  • Jobs and Business Glasgow and Govanhill Community Development Trust
  • Mary Hendry – Scottish Traveller Education Programme

13.00 – 13.50



World Café - Second set of table meetings – sharing experiences discussing the key factors of building community relations. 


Discussions on Communication and Engagement. Perspectives from:


  • Friends of Romano Lav
  • Police Scotland
  • Jobs and Business Glasgow and Govanhill Community Development Trust
  • Mary Hendry – Scottish Traveller Education Programme


14.30 –

OPERA session –

  • Own – reflection on what has been said today
  • Partner discussion – small groups to think about what are the key steps / actions for successful engagement? Refine – and combine ideas
  • Explain – each group to summaries findings
  • Rank – vote to select the most important steps
  • Arrange – by point – city – topic


Feedback from each city.  – How will you put this new knowledge to work – How can it inform your actions at local level?



Site Visit – Big Noise Govanhill, Sistema Scotland


Dinner – Café Source, St Andrews on the Square, 1 St Andrews Square, Calton, Turnbull St, Glasgow, Glasgow City G1 5PP


Friday 20 June


Meeting of the participants at the hotel’s hall for walk to The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane, G1 3NU



Andor Urmos, DG Regio, European Commission


10.00 – 10.30

The aims of the Pilot Delivery Phase, Actions and indicators - Ann Hyde


10:30 – 11.00

Priorities for local actions

  • What do you want to achieve with your LAP?
  • (aim and purpose)
  • What do want to achieve with the PDP.




11.30 – 13.00

Priorities for local actions - continue previous session

  • Identify 3 – 5 tangible actions that you will complete in the PdP period - before Feb 2015
  • Create indicators to measure the achievement of the actions?


13.00 – 14.00


14.00 -  15.30

 Roma Net Communication Activity – Alicia Clyde

What we all need to do to deliver better communications for Roma-NeT PDP.

This session will give partners an opportunity to consider how they will deliver their communications within the project and how we can all work together to capitalise on the project and on all of the project work we are doing together and locally.




Colin Clarke – University of the West of Scotland

The Language of Roma Inclusion


            Where are we now?

            What is the power of language?

            Opportunities and Risks ?

            How to put this to use in cities.



Final Group thinking –


            What have we learned?

            How will we use it?

            Are there gaps in our knowledge

            How can we fill them? 



Close of Meeting



 Free evening



Action Planning:

The meeting gave partners time and opportunity to work on action planning for their Pilot Delivery Network locally and to share with each other their plans and make adjustments as necessary.  It also gave partners the opportunity to consider how they would capitalise on their actions both locally and for the project.