AN EVENING of international dance will welcome new NHS staff from around the world who are coming to work within the region.
A massive former department store in the region will see one of its floors converted into a ballroom next month, as NHS Dumfries and Galloway invites the community to join in, welcome the new recruits and celebrate cultural diversity.
Vic McDade is Workforce Sustainability Manager, and she said: “We’re so pleased to be welcoming an increasing number of new staff from around the world who are coming to work in Dumfries and Galloway.
“Our new additions come from countries including India, Philippines and Africa and will be playing important roles within nursing.
“All these additions add to the rich cultural diversity within NHS Dumfries and Galloway, and we had been looking for a way to celebrate this, and to welcome our new staff into the region and our health and social care family.
“This event is not only a fantastic chance to meet and get to know our amazing group of international staff who have recently joined us at NHS Dumfries and Galloway, but also celebrate one year of the international recruitment campaign that was set up to attract nurses to our region and reduce shortfalls.
“We all felt the best way to do this was by having fun, and the best way to have fun is dance.”
The former Debenhams store in the heart of Dumfries High Street will be the setting for the event on Wednesday April 19, running from 6 pm to 9.30 pm.
Admission is free, but people are requested to reserve a place by visiting the Eventbrite booking website HERE
Vic said: “The evening will kick off with some Scottish Dancing led by one of our amazing healthcare managers, and will continue with a trip around the world to do some East coast Swing, African Dancing, Salsa, Indian Dancing and finishing off with a few traditional Ceilidh dances.
“All levels of dancers are welcome as each set will start with a tutorial followed by a dance, followed by some freestyling with what you have learned.”
Adding to the community and multi-cultural feel of the event, Vic added: “There is no food provided, but we would love people to bring a dish from their native country to share – and this includes our Scottish friends and colleagues.
“Cutlery, cups and soft drinks will be provided, and we hope very much that you will join us for a fun evening celebrating diversity and dance.”
The event has been arranged in association with Dumfries and Galloway Multicultural Association, with grateful thanks.