All refugee women should be able to rise up and realise their full potential. That’s what we’re here to do.


To help refugee women gain employment, we run a six month programme that provides qualifications, job seeker training, and a nurturing environment where women can grow in confidence.

The qualifications include food hygiene certificates, barista training, and customer service education. During which, the women learn how to handle kitchen equipment, the basics of cooking and baking, and other practical hospitality-based skills.

We focus on personal goal-setting, too. Each woman gets one-to-one support from a dedicated support worker. We also cover CV building, cover letter writing and interview skills.

Throughout the course, everyone gets the chance to work on English speaking skills – with each other and eventually real-life customers. It’s a place for cultural exchange, where participants can learn from each other in a supportive environment.

Stay tuned for updates about our next programme – coming soon.


Founded in 2019, Rise has always been dedicated to tackling employment barriers faced by refugee women. With help from Emily Bull – and funding from UNLTD – we’ve battled through a global pandemic to continue working to help these women.

In April 2019, we provided training and qualifications for six women. This included food hygiene certificates, customer service training, kitchen skills, and work experience through pop-up events. But during lockdown, this model didn’t work.

In 2021, we aim to use a food trailer we’ve purchased to offer more experience to more women. This hands-on experience will run alongside our training programme, which will focus on personal development, even more accredited qualifications, and employability skills – such as interview skills and CV and cover letter writing.

Rise was founded by Helen Russell. Helen has worked with refugees and asylum seekers across the globe for over five years, and plans for Rise to grow to help even more refugee women in Scotland.


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