Borders College

Inclusive event celebrates diversity for all in the Borders

Borders College recently opened its doors to the public to host a Diversity Celebration and Exhibition in conjunction with NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council (SBC).

Greenpower electric race carThe event served as the culmination of Diversity Week in the Scottish Borders, which ran from 17-22 September. As well as valuable input from NHS Borders and SBC, the event was supported by a number of local charities and organisations including Hawick Congregational Church, Scottish Borders LGBT Equalities, Citizens Advice Bureau, Live Borders, the Wellbeing College, CEDAR Young People, Domestic Abuse Service, Ability Borders, SoundCycle, and Fire Scotland.

Diversity ExhibitionThe focal point of the event was a diversity exhibition which included a colourful array of art exhibits submitted by local organisations including Interest Link, a charity which provides a befriending service for socially isolated children, young people and adults in the Scottish Borders, and Artbeat, a community arts initiative. Each submission was based upon the Diversity Week theme of ‘belonging’.

SoundCycle percussion workshopVisitors to the college enjoyed getting involved in a range of workshops, activities and performances, including creative dance workshop with Fuora Theatre Company, beauty treatments for all genders in the college’s beauty department, percussion workshops with James Mackintosh from SoundCycle, and a girls coding club with Borders College lecturer Nicholas Kubera.

Beauty Therapy staff and studentsA short film festival displayed a range of short films made by local people and local organisations, and a musical backdrop to the day was provided by two talented young musicians; Erin Highton and Eggshell Goblin.

The event was topped off with tasty offerings from the College’s Access department who provided scones, traybakes and coffee to visitors on the day.

The event demonstrated a clear commitment of local organisations to the importance celebrating diversity, and encouraging inclusivity in the Borders region. Diversity Day was a fabulous example of partnership working in the Scottish Borders community and Borders College is grateful to everyone involved.

Find out more Scottish Borders Diversity Week on the Scottish Borders Council website.

Published: Thu 27th Sep, 2018