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Glasgow City of Sanctuary

Glasgow City of Sanctuary is part of a UK-wide movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution.

If you would like to get involved, or if you would like more information email info@glasgow.cityofsanctuary.org


Interfaith Glasgow

Interfaith Glasgow is seeking volunteers, venues and money to continue their refugee integration and dialogue work.

The Weekend Club is an interfaith response to the social isolation experienced by many asylum seekers, refugees, and new migrants arriving in Glasgow. Project Officer Mohamed Omar is working with a multi-faith group of 12 volunteers who, having received training last year, work together to devise and deliver a series of monthly social events for asylum seekers, refugees, and new migrants. These events offer interactive activities designed to help newcomers better understand Scottish culture and feel more at home in Glasgow.

If you would like to make a donation to the Weekend Club, offer free event space, or wish to join the volunteer organising group please contact Mohamed Omar at weekendclub@interfaithglasgow.org.


Refugweegee

Refuweegee – we’re all fae somewhere – is a community led project set up to ensure that all refugees arriving in Glasgow are welcomed to the city in true Glaswegian style.  The project should also provide everyone who wishes to make a difference the opportunity to do so. Visit the Refuweegee website for practical things you can do to help, volunteer opportunities and further information.

You can contact them by emailing Selina@refuweegee.co.uk, like Refuweegee on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.


Integration Networks in Greater Glasgow

Integration Networks in Glasgow are groups of local agencies, community groups and volunteers who plan and deliver services to asylum seekers and refugees in their area. Services may include information and advice, English classes, drop-in services, activities for children and adults, cultural programmes, and emotional and practical support. If you would like support from, or to offer support to one of the Integration Networks, and for the latest information and contact details about local Integration Networks, see the Scottish Refugee Council website.


GRAMNet

GRAMNet – Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network – is co-ordinated by the University of Glasgow and aims to bring together researchers and practitioners, NGOs and policy makers working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland by:

  • Becoming an internationally recognised research network for Refugees, Asylum and Migration in Scotland
  • Promoting knowledge exchange and capacity building between practitioners and researchers in the field through shared collaborative research programmes, open resources, the provision of joint research training workshops and professional development short courses, and the delivery of appropriate Master’s and collaborative PhD degree programmes.
  • Encouraging interdisciplinary research on refugees, asylum and migration.
  • Developing strong and active collaborative research and development links, not only between the University of Glasgow and partners in policy making and the Third Sector, but also with those working in the field of sustainability, intercultural and international development.

They have produced a wide range of resources, reports, research and information, all of which are available for free on the GRAMNet pages of the University of Glasgow website.  They also have a blog, run regular events, including an annual film series as well as a book club.

Contact GRAMNet by emailing gramadmin@glasgow.ac.uk.  You can also find them on Twitter.


Positive Action in Housing

Positive Action in Housing are a Glasgow based charity with a Europe-wide reach, working with people, communities and non-profit organisations to enable everyone to have an equal chance to live, work and grow, free from poverty, homelessness or racism.  PAIH:

  • offer free advice, information and practical support in order to help rebuild and stabilise lives.
  • pro-actively welcome refugees in Europe and those seeking asylum from war torn countries.
  • run a free, confidential and impartial housing advice service.
  • provide money advice and financial skills.
  • support migrants in the UK to gain the necessary paperwork to secure employment, self-employment and stabilise their lives.
  • run an Emergency Hardship Fund for those in greatest need.
  • provide free shelter for destitute refugees and their families through our refugee hosts across the UK through the pioneering refugee hosting scheme Room for Refugees.
  • provide volunteering and sessional work opportunities.
  • inform social policy from a user-led perspective.
  • deliver training and best practice.
  • lead human rights campaigns and humanitarian appeals, most recently for refugees trying to reach Europe.
  • routinely highlight individual injustices to increase public awareness.
  • persistently challenge the xenophobic rhetoric directed at refugees by government bodies.

If you would like to find out how to support, through volunteering, offering accommodation, giving money or supporting campaigns, visit the website or find out more via their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.


Uniting Nations in Scotland

Uniting Nations in Scotland is a community group from all backgrounds; its members work together to achieve integration into Scottish life.

UNIS was established with the aim of providing support advice and information to refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers in Scotland. UNIS promotes and progresses active citizenship and participation of the said groups by providing a forum for discussion and empowerment through facilitating informal support networks and hosting community events which help to break the cycle of stress, trauma and isolation.

UNIS meetings are every Monday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. You can find out more via their Facebook page.