Many of those going through the asylum process have been forcibly removed from their homes and placed in hotels during lockdown with limited facilities and no access to essentials such as hand sanitizer and period products. They have also had financial support suspended, leaving them without funds. Yesterday, a peaceful demo organised to highlight the poor living conditions facing people in the asylum system in Glasgow was hi-jacked by far right groups. We strongly condemn the spreading of hate, intimidation and violence which targeted this peaceful protest. There is no place for this hatred and racism in Glasgow and the voices of vulnerable people must be heard. #glasgowwelcomesrefugees
Black Lives Matter. SAFR supports all those who are protesting against black injustice, inequality and oppression. This quote by Martin Luther King Jr. is so relevant to the movement and to SAFR. Use your voice for those who are not heard; stand with those who are not able to stand freely; support those who need it most. Everybody deserves to be SAFR. #blacklivesmatter
A very blessed, peaceful and healthy Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating. Thank you, as always, for your continued support ❤
Covid19 does not discriminate and there are thousands of refugees living in cramped, unhygienic camps across Europe. Our lockdown is nothing compared to what they have experienced. #europemustact #refugeeswelcome
It is with great sadness that we are postponing our upcoming collections. Given the current situation and listening to government guidance, they simply cannot go ahead safely. We are devastated that we won't be able to help those most in need in Syria at this time however we are hoping to focus on helping vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers locally. At the moment we are unsure of how that might look but we are working on a plan. We very much hope that the situation changes enough for us to continue our collections later in the year. In the meantime, thank you for your continued support as always. Stay safe and look after each other (from a 2m distance) Team SAFR X #refugeeswelcome #scotlandwelcomesrefugees
Thankfully we live in a country where healthcare is free for all. This applies to everyone, including people with refugee or asylum seeker status or people who have been refused asylum and it is especially important in the current climate. It may be difficult for refugees/asylum seekers to have the confidence to access services for fear of repercussions but NHS Inform makes it clear that testing and treatment for Coronavirus is available for everyone, regardless of status. The link in our bio has useful information surrounding this and a factsheet can downloaded in different languages. #nhsinform #healthcareadvice #refugeeswelcome
Love from Scotland 2020 is our campaign to send practical assistance with compassion and humanity to people who need it most. Do you have an old coat, sleeping bag or blanket that could keep someone warm? Could you donate some personal care items to ensure someone is kept dignified? We're collecting: Clothes Toiletries Bedding Personal Care Toys Reading glasses Please head over to www.scottichactionforrefugees.org/lovefromscotland to find out more. The health and safety of our volunteers and the general public is our number one priority so please be assured that we are monitoring the situation here closely and will follow all government guidelines in the coming weeks.
Help send some Love from Scotland 2020! We can't quite believe that it's year number 6, but once again we need your help to send much needed aid to refugees overseas. As always, we've drawn up a list of items needed on the ground and will be holding 4 main collections alongside some locally organised ones. We are again working closely with Hand in Hand for Aid and Development to send winter supplies to displaced men, women and children in Syria. Please head to www.scottishactionforrefugees.org/lovefromscotland to find our dates and a list of items we're collecting. Thank you!
The UN estimate over 900,000 people, many of whom are children, have been displaced since 1st December 2019 following recent escalations in the northwest of Syria. Thousands are trapped with nowhere to turn, in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. The enormity of this situation can make us feel helpless but we at SAFR continue to do our wee bit to try to send a little bit of warmth and comfort and let the people in Syria know they haven’t been forgotten. This is what we did last year, let’s do it again this year. Details of Love from Scotland 2020 coming this week. #handinhandforaidanddevelopment #LovefromSAFR