Refugee Festival supports community links

Over the last couple of weeks, our African Health Project team in Glasgow have been out and about at events to celebrate Refugee Festival Scotland.

Organised by the Scottish Refugee Council, the festival hosted events across the country to highlight the contribution refugees make to life in Scotland – from food and drink to culture and the arts.

Throughout the festival, the African Health Project hosted stalls at events which were offering everything from ceilidhs and poetry to discussions about asylum detention and hate crime.

Most of these events were organised by groups representing local African communities, and people responded by turning out in large numbers – including current asylum seekers and members of the wider community.

With communities coming together, it was a fantastic opportunity for our African Health Project to get people talking about their sexual health, provide free condoms and encourage people to think about HIV testing.

In one example we had a fantastic discussion with a local African football team about safe sex, which resulted in most of them contacting the office to access HIV testing.

Engagement during the festival is just one example of how our African Health Project works closely with African communities to improve health and wellbeing, and raise awareness of HIV. You can find out more about the work of the project here.