A Day of Community, Unity and Change

Posted: Wed 23 Jul

Following on from International Mandela Day (Friday 18 July), Scotland’s sanctuary gardens dedicated to peace hosted a vibrant day of community, unity and change in celebration of the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the local community and our Commonwealth visitors to the city. The event was part of the Culture 2014 programme.

Inspired by the life and work of the late Nelson Mandela, the event shone a light on volunteering in our local community, showcasing the many brilliant ways people can contribute to our thriving neighbourhood. It was also a call to action, offering creative and fun activities to encourage people to pledge 67 minutes of their time in support of their community and the promotion of peace.

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A packed day of activity in the Gardens included:
• Mandela’s favourite African folk tales by The Village Storytelling Centre;
• Massed singing with Voicebeat and Govanhill Voices;
• Upcycling workshop with Govanhill Baths’ Rags to Riches;
• Performances by Govanhill Youth Project;
• Music and smoothies powered by bikes from Urban Roots;
• Tai chi taster session with Finn’s Place;
• Parachute games with Woodcraft Folk;
• Jam making with Locavore;
• Upcycled corsage making with Stitch Up;
• Assault course with Merry Go Round;
• Interactive Time Bank where people can pledge their time in service to others and their community; facilitated by Volunteer Glasgow;
• Talks on volunteering, activism & community;

Also featuring:
• Gardens Tours • Locally prepared food • Plant Sale
• Facepainting • Children’s arts, crafts & games • Daisy Chain Early Years Project • Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society • Gallus Games • Alzheimer Scotland • CARCAP • Woodlands Community Garden • Letter to an Unknown Soldier • Seeds of Thought

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