Rise:Glasgow is an employability social enterprise working to equip, enable and empower refugee women in Glasgow through food.

our mission

Rise:Glasgow provides 6 month unpaid internships for female refugees, providing participants with qualifications, training and experience through our training program and our food trailer.



women with the skills, qualifications and confidence that they need to enter the workplace


women by giving them ownership in the direction of their training and in the production of food and menus


women to build new community and join the workforce to support themselves and their families

About Us

Rise:Glasgow was founded by Helen Russell in 2019 with help from Emily Bull and funding from UNLTD. Helen has over 5 years experience in working with refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, as well as in The Middle East and Sicily. Rise:Glasgow is dedicated to tackling the barriers that some of refugee women face to gaining employment.

The pilot project saw Rise:Glasgow take on 6 women in April 2019, providing training and qualifications such as Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificates, Customer Service training, as well as kitchen skills and work experience through pop-up events. Covid-19 interrupted our plans for 2020, so we have pivoted and with the support of UNLTD, have purchased our first food trailer. This food trailer will enable us to offer more consistent work experience for the women we work with, and enable us to make the project sustainable more quickly.

This work experience will run alongside our training program, offering holistic training in areas such as personal development, training and accredited qualifications in Food Hygiene, Customer Service and Barista Training, and employability skills such as CV and cover letter writing and interview skills.


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We are hiring! Please email info@riseglasgow.org.uk for an application pack. The deadline for applications is 29th November 2020.


Helen Russell



Rise:Glasgow is a Community Interest Company SC641430