East Ayrshire



East Ayrshire – Syrian Resettlement

East Ayrshire Council have published a FAQs on refugee resettlement in the area on their website.  They anticipate welcoming around 50 people in the period 2015-2020, as part of the UK Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

East Ayrshire Council say: “Local people can play a powerful and helpful role by supporting refugees and ensuring they feel welcome in our communities and our schools. East Ayrshire Council has been preparing for the arrival of the refugees who have been assigned to us by the Home Office. Service teams have been creating specific plans to support their arrival and integration across housing, health and social care, education, community support and other services as appropriate. We are also working closely with local churches, faith groups and community groups who have already stepped forward offering support.”

Toys and clothing for Syrian refugees in East Ayrshire can be handed in to The Graft Project – Lawson Street, Kilmarnock

For further information contact Housing: Kilmarnock Central and South, Civic Centre North, John Dickie Street, Kilmarnock KA1 1HW, telephone: 01563 576618, email:

There is currently no City of Sanctuary group in East Ayrshire.  If you would be interested in forming a group please let us know to see if we can help.

Ayrshire Interfaith Forum

You can find out more about the Ayrshire Interfaith Forum by visiting their page on the Interfaith Scotland website or by emailing ayrshireinterfaithforum@gmail.com.  You can also learn more about upcoming meetings and events on the Facebook page.

News from East Ayrshire

15 February 2016 –  Maryhill Integration Network men’s group plants trees near Waterside, Kilmarnock

11 February 2016 Daily Record – Kilmarnock woman raises funds and volunteers to help people living in Calais camp

20 November 2015 – East Ayrshire Council confirms first Syrian families will arrive before Christmas

7 September 2015 – East Ayrshire Council statement on the refugee crisis