EQUIP. ENABLE.
EMPOWER.

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

PROGRAMMES

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.

TEAM

AWA

AWA

Awa has been living in Glasgow with her son for nearly 2 years. She can’t imagine life without her passion for cooking and baking. She enjoys learning new recipes and cooking food from all over the world. Awa is looking forward to gaining new skills and experience and adding new recipes to her repertoire.

AZITA

AZITA

Azita is from Iran and has been living in Glasgow for 2 years. She worked as a Chemical Engineer before she had to leave Iran. She loves reading, cake and coffee – preferably all together! Azita dreams of running her own café-book shop “somewhere that feels like home”.

SHIMA

SHIMA

Shima is Iranian and Kurdish – she's been living in Glasgow for a year and a half. She worked as a microbiologist before leaving Iran. Cooking is a passion of hers – she loves trying new recipes and making healthy food! Shima's looking forward to learning to make dishes from other cultures and gaining experience with RISE.

MAHSA

MAHSA

Mahsa was born in Tehran, and has been living in Glasgow with her son for the past 2 years. She's passionate about fruit and vegetables – working as a professional fruit carver at events before she had to leave Iran. She enjoys cooking colourful vegetables and loves to share emotions with others through food.

HELEN

HELEN

Founder/CEO

GHOFRAN

GHOFRAN

Ghofran is originally from Syria. She loves to bake – especially attempting to make fancy cakes for her friends. She is excited to teach the flavours and food of Syria, learn new recipes, and gain new skills and experience. In the future, Ghofran would love to work in a bakery or patisserie.

JILL

JILL

Support Worker

NADIA

NADIA

Nadia has been living in Glasgow for almost 7 years. She loves nothing more than getting a group of people together for good food and conversation. Nadia loves music, movies, and reading – but really enjoys cooking. She dreams of owning her own café, and is looking forward to gaining experience and new skills through RISE.

CATHERINE 

CATHERINE

Operations Manager

HISTORY

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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