The Glendale Women’s Cafe Project is creating a cohesive neighbourhood in Pollokshields by empowering local women. We offer a safe and welcoming space in which women can come together to learn, create, enjoy and support each other.
Parveen is our Cafe Manager. Parveen is at the cafe every Tuesday between 9am and 3pm. She opens up, welcomes visitors new and regular, sets up the tea, coffee, cakes, and makes amazing soup most weeks to share with the visitors. She makes everyone welcome.
Godsal is the Project Coordinator for the cafe. She works 8 hours per week, and works to coordinate workshops, make links with all our partners, put together funding applications and report to funders. She is the first point of contact for anyone contacting the cafe. You’ll find her in the cafe most Tuesdays between noon and 3.
Attending the Cafe over the years, I have made many friends. I’ve learnt to crochet, make chickpea curry, that I’m not very good at sewing and that every one of us can create something beautiful. While we are a diverse group of women, I’ve also learnt that you can find something in common with any one – if you talk to them for long enough!
I moved to Pollokshields almost two years ago, and I came to the cafe last year. I was made very welcome, and I liked the sewing activity and the SOUP! I am now a member of the committee, which is fun and interesting. I aim to contribute by using my organisational experience. I have been on other committees before but this one is the most enjoyable yet!
I have been with Glendale Women’s Cafe from the start; for about 5 years. I have learned a lot of new things, and made some amazing friends.
Sarah Reid grew up in Pollokshields and went to Glendale Primary School. She particularly loves the arts and crafts sessions at the cafe and, when there, can usually be spotted with a large slice of cake! She is also a Board Director at the Glad Cafe and a member of The Strathbungo Society.
I am very happy to work as a trustee at the Glendale women’s cafe. I have gained confidence, made friendships, and feel loved. We work like super ladies. We got this place with lots of hard work and we made this cafe with the unity and power of women.
Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) development worker at Glasgow Women’s Library
The BME Women’s Project at GWL is dedicated in providing creative lifelong learning opportunities for BME women in Glasgow and surrounding areas. Syma’s work promotes integration of women from diverse backgrounds, and is keen to celebrate their success and achievements by capturing their stories and preserving them at the Women’s Library. She also supports and works alongside BME women creatives in Scotland, making a positive impact on Scottish arts culture by making it more innovative, diverse and representative of the people living in Scotland today.
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