Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)

Bringing together researchers, practitioners and policy makers working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland

The Make It Happen Café!


13606602_1745016955739866_707542036661417791_nNext week, in the old Happit Shop, Drummers’ Corner, Peterhead, from 25th to 30th July we have an exciting programme of workshops. Make art about living in Peterhead, talk about life in Peterhead, have a coffee with someone new, create materials for an exhibition.

The Make It Happen Café is a collaboration between the research project SSAMIS: Social Support and Migration in Scotland, Modo, The WEA, Peterhead Projects, Aberdeenshire Community Learning and Development, and Caged Beastie, creative artists.

Ssamis works with migrants from Eastern Europe who have settled in Scotland, looking at what brought them here and what makes them feel settled, in terms of language, employment, culture and belonging. The research shows that people would welcome a community space, where different groups could go, meet new people, share skills and information, and practice speaking English over a cup of coffee.

Modo uses circus to engage young people across Aberdeenshire and to help them to change their lives for the better. Harnessing the skills and thrills of circus, Modo helps young people to improve life chances, skills, confidence and self-esteem while celebrating and creating the culture and community of the region.

Claire Needler, researcher on SSAMIS said ‘I met Martin Danziger from Modo, talked about the key themes of the SSAMIS research and my plans for a community-led exhibition. He told me about Modo’s youth café, and the idea for The Make It Happen Café was born!”

Find the full programme on Facebook. Written in English and translated into Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish and Russian, by Modo volunteers.

For more information, pop in and see us, or email



This article is the second contribution of a series of posts from SSAMIS, which is hosted on this site.

For more information about these and other SSAMIS initiatives, follow us on twitter @ssamisproject, or like us on facebook.


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This entry was posted on July 25, 2016 by in SSAMIS series.
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