We talk with Alastair Wilson, Chief Executive SSE, about this work with Shpresa...
How did you hear about the Shpresa Programme?
When Luli joined SSE as a student.
Why do you think that Shpresa’s work is important?
It builds power and agency for a disadvantaged community. Namely the Albanian community (particularly women).
What work have you done together?
Shpresa has referred Albanian students to SSE over many years, these Social Entrepreneurs have gone on to establish multiple organisations which, in turn, have created enormous social impact.
What do/ did you enjoy most about working with Shpresa?
Sense of community / friendliness and authenticity in their work. It’s well run and delivers.
What have you learned about the Albanian speaking community since working with Shpresa?
Warm, welcoming friendly people (and great food and dancing too!).
If you could describe the work of Shpresa in one sentence what would you say?
Reaching the most isolated, building trust and sense of community over many years, in order to change lives.
What three words come to mind when you think of Shpresa?
Luli, agility and impact.
s there anything else you’d like to tell us about your work with Shpresa?
The most impressive migrant support organisation I know in the UK.