Actions for myself

Inform yourself about the situation

The Scottish Refugee Council have issued a briefing following a debate in the Scottish Parliament on 15 September 2015.

Campaign

Positive Action in Housing (PAiH) are asking people to write to the Home Secretary and demand that Britain steps up to its obligations and implements a UK wide relocation plan to tackle the growing refugee crisis. Email Theresa May at privateoffice.external@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.  Please copy your emails to home@paih.org.

Write to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP and request that she continue to put pressure on the UK government by signalling the Scottish Government’s willingness to take in 50,000 refugees to Scotland as part of a UK wide relocation plan. Please copy your emails to home@paih.org.

Refugees land on a beach near Molyvos, on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. Photo: Paul Jeffrey / World Council of Churches

Refugees land on a beach near Molyvos, on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. Photo: Paul Jeffrey / World Council of Churches

Write to your local MSP/MP/MEP (see https://www.writetothem.com/ for their contact details) and ask them to speak out. Please copy your emails to home@paih.org.

Join the #ChangeTheStory campaign by Christian Aid which seeks to influence the way refugees and asylum seekers are portrayed in the media.

Independent petition ‘Britain must accept its fair share of refugees seeking safety in Europe’.

Give

Can you give money or goods to support refugees, at home or overseas. There may be different charities you would prefer to give depending on where you live or your own faith tradition.

Individuals and groups can join the Scottish Refugee Council.

Volunteer Doctors, paediatric nurses and midwives urgently needed as part of an international team heading to Lesvos to support the lifesaving efforts of Eric Kempson and his family who are helping people off the death boats. Helpers willing to help in clean ups are also needed. Positive Action in Housing has joined forces with Eric Kempson and his family in Lesvos to directly assist in saving the lives of thousands of refugees crossing the Mediterranean. You can find out more about the Kempsons here.

If you want to be part of an international medical team directly saving the lives of refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean please complete this online form now.