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GCP attends Comic Relief summit in Athens

Govan Community Project was recently invited to Comic Relief’s Across the Borders Summit. 

Our Head of Charity, Traci, and our Men’s Group Coordinator, Rago, were delighted to travel to Athens to attend the event in November.

Organisations supported by  Across the Borders were given the rare opportunity to meet, collaborate and explore the development of Comic Relief’s strategy to work towards supporting a more inclusive migrant-led sector by 2030.

The summit was attended by 17 organisations, with a mix of representatives from organisations across different nations including UK, Greece and Egypt.

Traci Kirkland, Head of Charity, said: “One of the most valuable strengths of the summit was the level of solidarity and transparency, which created a safe supportive space for engagement in activities and conversations, sometimes on very challenging subjects. It was a real privilege to be part of a process that held the inclusion of personal lived experience as a main focus.”

During the summit the group drafted five strategies for Comic Relief to take back and consider in relation to future funding and development strategies. The themes identified were investing in employment pathways, catalysing refugee leadership, building a people-centred trauma and identify informed movement, enshrining meaningful inclusion- including modelling this to the wider sector- and driving funding to migrant led organisations.

Comic Relief will use these points to review how their organisation can support putting some of this into action.

Traci added: “I am excited to see the future outcomes of the work which started in Athens, but is still ongoing. We would like to thank Comic Relief for the amazing opportunity, we had an amazing time, both during the workshops and in our down time. We really look forward to continuing to work with Comic Relief on this really important piece of work.”


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