The Unity Centre Family Fun Day Meets University of Glasgow’s Science Festival

On the sunny Sunday of the 10th of June, KPC was brought to life with the vibrant sounds of children, African dance music, science experiments and miniature ponies! Sounds chaotic, right? Well, it was. Fantastically so!

Bursting with colour and chatter, people bustled amongst the hallways, hopping from one activity to the next. Both the University of Glasgow and The Unity Centre came under one roof to engage with the local community, creating a family fun atmosphere for all ages.

Our courtyard was packed with families partaking in miniature pony rides with Johnnie the Shetland pony, who was spoiled throughout the day with love and affection from children of all ages. When they weren’t fussing the little chap, many queued for free face painting and art workshops; using arts and crafts to create a colourful and vibrant wall of tremendous talent. Tables lined with books and board games were on offer, even a table for bread crafting! Using simple dough to make small creatures and pretty patterns for baking.

Moving into the main hall, guests were greeted by the Glasgow University Science Festival Part 1, focused on space and aliens. Run by students wishing to get engaged with the community, this is the first year the science festival has ventured outside of the halls of the university and into the community; often finding those who attended the festival in previous years were less part of the general community and more those who already attended the university or nearby museums. By bringing the festival into KPC, the University and its enthusiastic and dedicated students were able to bring life, passion and fun to science that the children of this community might not have been able to discover. Developing innovative delivery styles, University of Glasgow has been hosting the Glasgow Science Festival for over 11 years, engaging with people of all ages to get involved with science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

GSF combines a light-hearted tone with seriousness of purpose, exploring STEMM and the social and economical issues surrounding these subjects. Find out more about the Glasgow Science Festival here! With planetary bath bomb making, miniature rocket creating (and launching!), a make-your-own-alien station and an alien headdress workshop, this art-meets-science event brought new light to the subject and allowed people to see that science can be both informative and fun!

Up the stairs and around the corner, children were able to enjoy an indoor bouncy castle as well, housed within one of our large halls. As well as this, there was an Abinaya Dance Workshop taking place, allowing people to learn some fresh and funky moves for the upcoming music and dance party.

Once the science festival began to wind down, the building was taken over by the rhythmic beat of the Ayawara West African Percussion and Dance Group as The Unity Centre dished up a range of Halal and vegetarian dishes to feast upon.

Well into the day, people continued to create beautiful works of art, whilst others sat back and enjoyed the music and food on offer. Percussion soon made way for Dope Sick Fly, a feel-good funk band, setting a relaxed tone before we wrapped up with a traditionally Scottish event, an ol’ fashioned Ceilidh.

Overall, over a thousand people entered Kinning Park Complex on this eventful Sunday, coming together to create, learn and enjoy.

The Family Fun Day was supplied by The Unity Centre, offering a relaxing and fun day for families affected by immigration and asylum-seeking processes. Offering practical support and solidarity to asylum seekers and other migrants in Scotland, their staff created this day to help give people a chance to come together and relax after being subjected to so much stress and demanding work.

Reimbursing travel costs to help take an extra weight off peoples' minds, dedicated volunteers worked together to give families happy memories here in Scotland's largest city.
Those who usually attend the Unity Centre are there for support and advice, often finding relaxation and fun missing from their list of priorities. The Unity Centre worked hard to create this day to bring people together and give them a chance to allow themselves the luxury of a social and fun event for the whole family.
Having been up and running for over 11 years, The Unity Centre has helped countless people struggling with the migration processes. Located but a 100 yards away from the Home Office, anyone who is required to sign at the Home Office reporting centre on Brand Street can stop by for practical face-to-face support and guidance. It relies completely on volunteers, many getting involved as they relate to The Unity Centre’s main message: “No one is illegal.”

No one working for The Unity Centre is paid, but rather driven by their need to help their fellow man in a world that imaginary boarders are created to divide us.
They are constantly in need of new volunteers, if their message rings true to you and you wish to get involved or find out how you can help, contact them here!

Did you attend the event or looking for more similar ones to attend here in the future? Stay tuned and watch this space! Kinning Park Complex are always throwing events to help similar causes, looking for new and innovative ways to connect with community and fight for the greater good.
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Author: KPC