Noah’s Pudding 2016 – For The First Time In Our Premises

Lately, we celebrated another Noah’s Pudding with our neighbors. And this year we are proud to arrange this event for the first time in our premises which has been in repair process for a period of time. Our neighbors in Cambuslang and the community members showed great  support to us and we shared as usual Noah’s Pudding with all of them. For the ones who missed this event you can find some pictures below.




Noah’s Pudding Celebration with Friends

Today, we shared Noah’s Pudding with Cambuslang Parish Church and also other community members.

For about five years the Nurture has been using this lovely tradition to bring people together across different cultures, religions and viewpoints. We, as the Nurture, found that people of Turkish origin were (more…)

Interfaith Days…

The N.E.S together with Dialogue Socity for Scotland participated several Interfaith Meetings Edinburgh Radisson SAS hotel and Glasgow…


The Nurture ever since it was founded it has been designated / addressed / indicated that building a strong bridge between different religions of the community. On many occasions NES brought religion representatives together in Edinburgh SAS Hotel, Edinburgh University David Hume Tower, also in Aberdeen, Stirling and Glasgow in community halls.

Representatives from Christians, Mislims, Judism, Sighs, Budism have stressed the importance of the ties between regions for a stronger long life community.

They also addressed admitted that religion representatives play vital role in people of different beliefs approach to each other. They said so we have to be aware of what we say when addressing our own audiences and we should help strengthening these ties amongst each other. Always we think how we contribute to a tolerant society.

In these event female volunteers / representatives were greatly active

Dialogue Society for Scotland and the N.E.S


A few days ago I was invited to a charity dinner at John Wheatley College in the East End of Glasgow, by a member of the Dialogue Society. Some of you will remember that our church has had a connection with this group of Turkish university graduates, who follow a Sufi tradition of Islam, for about seven years, since the time of Alastair Bate.

On three separate occasions they shared an Iftar dinner with us in Berkeley Street during Ramadan, and another time we held a joint Inter Faith meeting in the Centre.  Remembering what interesting and delightful company I had found them, I accepted with alacrity, and was not disappointed.  The dinner showcased the work of a charity they have founded, the NES – the Nurture Educational and Cultural Society.  I asked my host, Omer Yalcinkaya, to tell me about it.  Here is his account.

The NES has been teaching children aged between 6 and 14, since April 2004, started at Annette Street in Govanhill, in Paisley and recently at the John Wheatley College.  NES offers them help in the areas of Language, Maths/Science and IT, along with social activities such as painting and drawing.  (From the film footage, I think there is acting, too.)

Languages:  Turkish language to those with a link to speakers of other languages.  This is sometimes linked by marriages between Turkish background families and families from Scottish, Pakistani or other backgrounds, if they want their children to learn Turkish.  Or we can teach Turkish to British adults if they want to learn the language before moving to Turkey.  English language is taught usually to members of Turkish families, recently moved to this country, who may have poor command of English, but who want to integrate into British life and community but are struggling with the language.

Maths/Science and IT:  We offer help to students who have difficulties in understanding these subjects in state schools.

Social activities are aimed to entertain children with various fun-based activities.  The children come to college to entertain themselves, instead of spending time in the streets, picking up bad habits such as drugs, smoking, drinking and criminal activities.  If some of them show exceptional skills, we try to channel them into specialised schools (e.g. art and music) in the area.
Student numbers range from 30 to 45 within the year.

The teachers are mainly volunteers, depending what subject they are teaching.  We have teachers who are teaching their subject in State schools and some doctorate students from the universities.  We reach the children through contacts with friends and families, references, and connections with other community groups.

There is no obligation to come to our classes, but I do know that some of them come from as far as Edinburgh, Stirling, Ayrshire, Kilmarnock etc.

The children build up very good relationships with their fellows, and with their teachers, so that parents tell us that their children insist on coming to the Saturday classes.

Contributed by Janet Briggs who can supply contact details.


John Wheatly College – Charity Dinner Meeting

9abIt was a great privilege to see our distinguished guests there… It was aimed to bring our teaching members with WJC teaching staff to get to know each other better; through discussions and panels we would share our knowledge and experience in teaching. By doing so the NES aims to improve itself more so that we can offer better quality teaching to our students and improved sevices for our members and community of Scotland at large extend. 25-05-2011

Lord Provost visits Nurture Exhibition Stand…

World Sufi Festival Glasgow 2008 took place at S.E.C.C of Glasgow between 22-24 Feb 2008

With the opening ceremony the were distinguised attendees including Bob Winter Lord Provost of Glasgow, Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police Stephen House, funders representatives MPs and councillors.

There were musicians, dancers, artists and participants from around the world – from more than 12 countries and 4 continents, including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, Zimbabwe, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda, Senegal, Australia, England and Scotland.

The World Sufi Festival was organised by The Nurture Educational & Cultural Society together with the Association of Poetry & Music Glasgow and major funders including of Glasgow City Council, Culture and Sport Glasgow, Scottish Arts Council and Heritage Lottery Fund.

There were frequent performances on 2 stages throughout the day and plenty more to see and do as you wend your way through the Bazaar and great installation from Turkey.