The Well was established on 23 March 1994 by the Church of Scotland, after they carried out a ‘Needs Survey’ to find out how they could best serve their increasingly multi-cultural neighbours.
There was a real need for an advice centre as minority ethnic residents struggled with various processes and knowing ‘how things worked’ in the UK – ‘The Well Asian Advice Centre’ was born.
The name ‘The Well’ is based on the biblical account (in the book of John chapter 4). Jesus crossed cultural, faith, gender and social barriers to connect with the Samaritan woman when she came to draw water from a well. He cared more about helping the woman than he did about anything else.
Over the years, our services have expanded as we have continued to listen to the local community and find the best ways that we can serve them.
The Well became an independent charity in 2011 and was officially re-named ‘The Well Multi-Cultural Resource Centre’. This reflects the increasing ethnic diversity of the local population and the expansion of what we offer.
From March 2019 to March 2020, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary of supporting people in the South East of Glasgow. We held events including: a ‘Chai and Chat’ that welcomed over 120 local women for an international lunch, an exhibition as part of ‘Black History Month’ that featured photographs taken by local people including several of our clients and large celebration event for all.