Aberdeen City of Sanctuary
A cross-sector group of people in Aberdeen is keen to explore moving towards declaring Aberdeen as a City of Sanctuary. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Joan Lyon who is Interim Chair of the newly formed Steering Group.
Aberdeen City Council have published a Frequently Asked Questions page on their website. They are co-ordinating a number of ways in which local residents can get involved, these are listed below. For more information about actions within Aberdeen, please contact Alana Nabulsi: ANabulsi@aberdeencity.gov.uk
A simple way that you can contribute to resettling Syrian New Scots in Aberdeen is by donating money. A corporate donation account or ‘Resettlement Fund’ has been set up with North East Scotland Credit Union (NESCU) and is overseen by representatives of the Church of Scotland and the Aberdeen City Partner Refugee Group. If you would like to donate money to support Syrian New Scot’s families in Aberdeen, you can contact NESCU on 01224 899688 / 0300 66 63728 or by emailing email@example.com.
You can make a direct payment using the following details: Account number 20139906, Sort Code 608301. *Please use the reference 10020 and include your surname*. You can also send a cheque payment but the cheque must be made payable to NESCU and the reference number and your surname should be written on the reverse of the cheque.
If you have furniture, equipment, toys and/or clothing that you would like to donate, please contact Alana Nabulsi on ANabulsi@aberdeencity.gov.uk. Aberdeen City Council has limited storage capacity to hold items donated to assist families therefore they will only make requests for specific items as and when they are identified as being needed.
Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) are coordinating donations of food, drinks and toiletries to families. If you would like to donate, please contact CFINE on 01224 596156 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unsure if food items you wish to purchase or donate are Halal, all food items suitable for a vegetarian will also be suitable for our Syrian New Scots families.
If you like more information about how you could help with resettlement planning and delivery in Aberdeen, please contact Faiza Nacef on email@example.com. Aberdeen City Council are always looking to identify Arabic speakers, volunteers to help with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision, befrienders for families, and much more.
Aberdeen Solidarity with Refugees is a voluntary group organised through Facebook which aims to co-ordinate support for refugees by people in the city and the North East, with an immediate focus on the situation in Europe.
Information and contact details for Aberdeen Inter Faith Group can be found on their page of the Interfaith Scotland website.
News from Aberdeen
1 March 2016 Press and Journal – story on the arrival of the first Syrian refugees to the city
23 September 2015 ACC – Aberdeen Community Planning Partnership statement on refugees
8 September 2015 STV – report on aid from Aberdeen to Calais