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About Us


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Community InfoSource is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, formed in Scotland in June 2006. Four of our six directors are refugees and we work mainly with refugee, migrant and minority ethnic communities.

We use our range of experiences and expertise to support individuals, communities, and organisations to develop skills, systems, and services. We support isolated communities and individuals, working with community-based organisations, the voluntary sector and local authorities. Our approach is to help developing groups and organisations to put their own ideas into action. Our activities focus on joint projects building towards rights-based integration.

We deliver training targeted to meet the specific needs of individuals and groups, and develop volunteering and other activities to grow the skills and confidence of marginalised people and help them to raise awareness of their needs among service providers. More information about our services.

Directors

Together, our Directors have a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience, and a commitment to a collaborative way of working – in supporting emerging communities; developing housing, work and welfare rights services; delivering training and support; with arts and culture programmes, and more.

Sheila Arthur
Sheila works within Community InfoSource in both Director and Secretary roles, joining the CIS board in June 2006. She has worked for housing organisations for over 30 years, including five years as the director of a community based housing association in the West of Scotland. She continues to deliver housing development services as part of AMA Consultants. Sheila has worked tirelessly and consistently as a volunteer with refugees since dispersal to Glasgow began in 2000. She conducts and facilitates community research on a broad range of equalities issues and develops innovative responses to gaps in service provision. Sheila has a degree in Sociology, a Diploma in Housing Studies, spent 10 years on Positive Action in Housing’s Board and is a co-opted member of SASRA (Scottish Asylum Seeker Residents’ Association). She is developing the ASH (Asylum Seeker Housing) Project, a rights based, volunteer run housing support group.

Ghazi Hussein
Ghazi arrived in Scotland to seek asylum after years of persecution for ‘carrying thoughts’; experiences related in his acclaimed 2006 play “One Hour before Sunrise” – a “frightening reminder of what human beings and even our own government are capable of”. Despite being frequently imprisoned over 23 years Ghazi was never charged or tried whilst in the Middle East, but has recently been convicted in his absence for sedition. Now a British Citizen, his performance poetry, plays, and short stories raise awareness of the legacy of torture and of human rights, demonstrating that the pen is mightier than the Kalashnikov. Ghazi has degrees in Arabic and Philosophy, and delivers poetry, short-story, Arabic, and calligraphy workshops. He was writer and co-director of the 2008 Theatre Workshop/BBC film “Trouble Sleeping”, which won the BAFTA Scotland New Fiction award.

Alison Davis
Alison helps to develop skills in not-for-profit organisations by developing and delivering training and support. Her experience as a teacher of English As Another Language enables her to tailor training in areas such as financial management, business planning, and management to the needs of people who are learning English or face other barriers to learning. Alison has participated in research on equalities issues, worked as a volunteer on asylum cases with asylum seekers and solicitors, and raises awareness of issues relating to torture. She has a degree, a TESOL qualification, and a Diploma in Public Administration.

Henriette Koubakouenda
Henriette  is a community development worker who has worked in Scotland and Africa.  She has lived in Glasgow for the last nine years and has contributed to the creation of an African women’s organisation in the West of Scotland that achieved charitable status in 2007.

She has been active in the field of anti-discrimination and anti-racism.  Her combination of knowledge as a volunteer and as paid employee brings particular expertise.

Henriette has been active in community organisations since her arrival in Glasgow.  She was one of the main catalysts for setting up Karibu, the African refugee women’s organisation and was their first member of staff.  She became a director of Community InfoSource and is now working towards developing new projects in Community InfoSource through “Living Well – connecting people improving lives”.

Previous employment includes being the Associate Director for Health with the Peace Corps in Zambia in 2001.  Coming from a technological background and a specialism in aquaculture, with community development skills as well, she has shown an ability to plan, organise and apply her knowledge to delivering what Africans and Scottish people need in the west of Scotland.

Ako Zada
Ako  joined the CIS board as a director in April 2013.  He came to Glasgow seeking refuge from Kurdistan in the late spring of 2011 and has learnt English since his arrival.  He has been involved in a number of projects: as a researcher and participant in Living Well in Glasgow; being a book in the Human Library Book projects; as a student mentor in City of Glasgow college; involvement in the Curious Project in St Mungo’s Museum, and acting in different performances about refugee life and multiculturalism in Glasgow.

As an active member of the campaign against the eviction of destitute asylum seekers from their accommodation, he has direct experience of the night shelter having once used its facilities.  He was a valuable member of the CIS team when we researched and developed the “Preventing Destitute Homelessness” project for the Refugee Survival Trust in 2013.  He is currently a member of some organisations and communities:  SASRA (Scottish Asylum Seekers’ Residents’ Association); the National Union of Journalists; the International Welcome Club and the Scottish Kurdish Society.

Previously Ako has experience of campaigning and raising awareness on the issue of FGM in Kurdistan.  He has also been involved in the development of the play by the Scottish National Theatre on the issue of FGM, “Rites” which toured UK in 2015.

Ako is also an electrical engineer by profession and worked on Mobile Telecommunications in Kurdistan for a number of years.  He updated his studies in this field in the UK, and also worked as an engineering technician for a small social enterprise in Govan, Glasgow.

Hassan Darasi
Hassan  joined the CIS board as a director in April 2013.  He has good administrative experience in various countries. Hassan served for more than 10 years in different administrative positions in Eritrea and the Middle East including logisitics and was also involved in supporting and counselling young people.

Since he arrived in the UK in 2007, he has completed training as a Citizens’ Advice Bureau representative and been involved in different community related activities and played his part in forming, running and chairing three active organisations: SASRA (Scottish Asylum Seekers Residents Association), SRPF (Scottish Refugee Policy Forum) and Living Well in Glasgow which was a partnership between SASRA and CIS, supporting the wellbeing of new comers to Glasgow.  He currently works as an interpreter and translator in Glasgow and is the main point of contact (including support and supervision) for CIS’s Combating FGM: Working with Men project. Hassan is also a well respected member of the Eritrean Community Activist Group in Glasgow.  He is or has been a member of different associations such as the Glasgow City Council Equality Forum and the NHS Health Reference Group dealing with inequalities and had also attended different capacity building courses.  He volunteered in a charitable furniture project, weekly for over three years and worked for an international charity based in Glasgow as an admin assistant for over a year.