Further Support in Scotland

Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre works with mainstream agencies and policy makers, to enhance their understanding of the Muslim community and of barriers that prevent Muslim women from accessing services and participating in society. Amina MWRC provides direct helping services and community development to Muslim women.

Amnesty International Scotland is a charity campaigning for protection of human rights across the world.

Andescot is a voluntary organisation working with Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in Glasgow and throughout Scotland. It provides a platform via events for people and groups of different culture and backgrounds to positively exchange and interact with a view to create better cohesion within their local communities.

Asylum Seeker Housing (ASH) Project aims to address the housing problems experienced by asylum seekers. This is achieved through recruiting and training volunteers, predominantly from the asylum seeking community to conduct research into current housing provision and to assist individuals to report housing problems.

BEMIS is the national umbrella body supporting the development of the Ethnic Minorities Voluntary Sector in Scotland. BEMIS was established to promote the interest of minority ethnic voluntary organisations, develop capacity and support inclusion and integration of ethnic minorities communities.

Convention on Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA): The Strategic Migration Partnership at COSLA works to ensure that foreign nationals living lawfully in Scotland have access to a range of support services, and are empowered to contribute to the social, cultural and where possible, economic vitality of the nation.

ESOL Scotland is a web resource provided by Education Scotland.  It contains details of all free English classes in Scotland, as well as information for both learners and practitioners.

Ethnic Minorities Law Centre is a Scottish charity providing face-to-face advice by appointment, in Edinburgh or Glasgow, as well as a telephone helpline.

Legal Services Agency (LSA) is a Law Centre and charity which provides skilled legal advice, assistance and representation to vulnerable people and those who would otherwise find it difficult to get legal advice.

My World of Work is part of Skills Development Scotland. It offers career guidance about becoming more employable, support and advice about career options and college/university or training, including advice for refugees.

Positive Action in Housing (PAIH) is a Scottish charity offering advice, information and support to people from new migrant, refugee and minority ethnic communities. It offers a free, confidential and casework service for those facing poverty, homelessness, racism or poor housing. PAIH runs a Hardship Fund and provides emergency shelter for destitute asylum seekers and their families.

Roshni is a grassroots organisation that addresses issues which affect minority ethnic communities in Scotland, by ensuring people from ME communities have equality of access to and participation in key services for children, young people and families.

Scotland Welcomes Refugees is a website set up by the Scottish Government to help co-ordinate Scotland’s response to the international refugee crisis. It will be a place to find out more about the crisis, what Scotland is doing to help and also a place to make offers of practical support.

Scottish Afghan Society (SAS) was established in Glasgow in 2001 by the Afghan community in Scotland.  SAS provides advice for Afghan people in Scotland on immigration, education and health services.  It also facilitates participation in sports and organises cultural events.

Scottish Detainee Visitors is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) providing crucial emotional and practical support to people being held in Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre.

Scottish Faiths Action For Refugees is a partnership set up by the Church of Scotland and is designed to co-ordinate support within Scottish faith groups for work with refugees.  Partners include Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith groups.

Scottish Refugee Council is an independent charity helping refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland by providing direct advice and information services, and working on policy and research to improve the situation of refugees and asylum seekers living in Scotland. The Scottish Refugee Council should be contacted by anyone who considers they might be eligible for an RST grant.

Uniting Nations in Scotland (UNIS) is a community group from all backgrounds.  Its members work together to achieve integration into Scottish life by providing support advice and information to Refugees, Asylum seekers and Migrant workers in Scotland.

Volunteer Scotland is an organisation helping people to access volunteering opportunities. Its volunteer advisers can explain the benefits of volunteering and find suitable placements for refugees.