SEIN was pleased to support this event from Castlemilk Community Church. Eileen Baxendale tells us about it:
Over 100 people came along to the Castlemilk Furniture Project “Celebrate with us Gift Day” on December 14th. A lively mixture of local Scottish people and international friends came together for a traditional Christmas lunch with a multi-cultural twist; halal chicken and superb Syrian pastries and cakes by a professional Syrian baker.
For some families this was a rare occasion to meet together with others in a relaxed social setting. For others it was a chance to be part of a local celebration.
People appreciated the chance to be part of a multi-cultural event; Scottish people enjoyed sharing their Christmas culture with other.
We never played the children’s games we had planned. The young children present just wanted to chase the balloons and mix with their friends.
Due to the generosity of our partner churches we had gift bags for all the individuals and families who came. It would be difficult to hold an event of this size without other groups supporting it.
For our volunteers this was a satisfying outcome after a lot of work wrapping presents and preparing the halls. Our catering team were brilliant and exhausted.
Many thanks to the South East Integration Network who funded the day.