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Minority Ethnic & Advocacy Project

Project Profile:

Our experience of service delivery at a local level in Renfrewshire indicates that regular activities are needed to reduce barriers in engagement with regards a number of health and wellbeing areas by increasing access to mainstream service provision.

As a result, we are delivering an innovative community-led advocacy service to vulnerable and harder to reach minority ethnic (ME) communities in Glasgow and Renfrewshire in partnership with the West of Scotland Regional Equality Council (WSREC) and the Govan Community Project (GCP).


Main Aims of Projects

Advocacy in all its forms seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, are able to:

  • Have their voice heard regarding issues that are important to them

  • Defend and safeguard their rights

  • Have their views and wishes considered when decisions are being made about their lives

Advocacy is a process of supporting and enabling people to:

  • Express any views or concerns they may have

  • Access information and public services

  • Defend and promote their rights and responsibilities

  • Explore their choices and options

Through our diverse staff who also have language skills in Arabic, Farsi and Urdu/Punjabi, we intend to reduce the barriers faced by minority ethnic communities such as language, lack of awareness etc and increase confidence through inter-cultural dialogue and capacity building individuals. The main goal of the project is to connect vulnerable and isolated individuals with mainstream services they require by supporting them to understand their situation and helping them make informed decisions. We hope to help individuals from a BME background to build confidence and enable empowerment.

Contact person

Nadeem Hanif – Projects Manager (

Johannes Gonani – Operations Manager (E-mail –

Manal Eshelli – Advocacy Worker (E-mail –


Every Wednesday from 10am-1pm, St Ninians church hall, Blackstoun Rd, Paisley PA3 1NR

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