South Lanarkshire



South Lanarkshire – Syrian Resettlement

South Lanarkshire Council are participating in the UK Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, and expect around 60 Syrians to move to South Lanarkshire in 2016.

Local faith groups are assisting with the collection of donated items and money to help the new arrivals settle in. You can donate many things including clothes, bedding and money – though electrical items can’t be accepted.

The main point of contact is Maxine Buck. You can email her at or phone 01555 759063.

If you would like to offer time to volunteer to support Syrian refugees in South Lanarkshire, please contact Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, the dedicated support body for South Lanarkshire’s voluntary sector. If you would like to volunteer, you can make an appointment to meet one of Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire’s advisers. Appointments are held in the following venues:

  • Cambuslang Library, 27 Main Street, Mondays 1-3pm
  • Hamilton VASLan Office, 155 Montrose Crescent, Tuesdays 10am-12noon
  • Lanark Library, 16 Hope Street, Wednesdays 1-3pm
  • East Kilbride Library, Thursdays 10am-12noon

To contact Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, phone 01698 300390 or email

Wishaw to Calais

Wishaw to Calais is a community group organised through Facebook which raises and collects donations for distribution in refugee camps and shares information and raises awareness online.  They have collection points in Hamilton, Rutherglen and East Kilbride – for more information see the Facebook page Wishaw to Calais.

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

East Kilbride Interfaith Group

If you would like to find out about East Kilbride Interfaith Group, you can visit their page on the Interfaith Scotland website or call the Rev Lindsey Sanderson on 07895 139615 or 07895 139615.

News from South Lanarkshire

7 May 2016 Daily Record – story about Syrian families arriving in Hamilton

14 February 2016 Daily Record – East Kilbride staff at DFID headquarters participate in international conference on aid for refugees

Spring 2016 The Reporter – Council magazine highlights story of two families recently arrived in Rutherglen (page 17)