A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our winter bus pass appeal – we raised a phenomenal £2,502.00 plus £495.25 in GiftAid bringing the total to…
Your generous contributions will allow us to cover the cost of 500 bus passes across Glasgow and Edinburgh this winter.
Our bus pass scheme is a lifeline for destitute refugees and asylum seekers who cannot afford to buy their own tickets. Something as simple as access to public transport can be the reason that an individual is able to attend important meetings, go to the food bank, or even meet friends. Being mobile is crucial to the asylum application process and to integration into life in Scotland.
Every pound raised goes directly towards the cost of daily bus ticket vouchers for Glasgow and Clyde and Edinburgh and the Lothians, which cost us £6 each. Refugees and asylum seekers are eligible to receive the tickets if they have no resource to other funds; due to limited funds we give them a maximum of one bus ticket per week.
These aren’t just tickets for buses – they are tickets to safety for refugees and asylum seekers who have to travel early in the morning or late at night; they are tickets to comfort for those who face long journeys through Scotland’s notorious winter weather; and they are tickets to integration into the Scottish community, all things that we wish for all asylum seekers and refugees this winter.
If you missed the LocalGiving appeal but still want to contribute to the bus pass fund you can find out about other ways to donate through our website – just make a note that your donation is for the bus pass scheme.
January 13, 2017
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We’re looking forward to the Migrant Voice Glasgow conference on the 21st January, titled ‘Migrants and Migration Post Brexit; finding our voice to influence the new landscape.’
Photo from www.migrantvoice.org
This event brings together migrant communities in Scotland with experts on migration, equality, activists, artists, academics, the media and others. The Minister for International Development and Europe- Dr Alasdair Allan will be our key speaker.
This will be an action oriented event, with workshops with journalists which focus on how to get migration stories told; opportunities to experience mock up interviews in radio and TV studios; opportunities to understand the process of filming, reporting and challenging hate crime and xenophobia; opportunities to explore the challenges for migrants’ rights and influencing this new landscape.
This is the first Migrant Voice Conference in Scotland – this event will go to the heart of these issues and explore ways forward and most importantly seek to build alliances and share understanding.
Recent migrants, those from within long established communities with a migratory history in Scotland and those simply seek to engage and support are all welcome to this free event.
After the conference, there will be an early evening schedule where we will launch ‘A Story in a Poem’ project, there will be dance performances by Maryhill Integration Network and a multi cultural ceilidh and delicious food. The poetry launch and evening schedule will take place in the Students Association building.
Date and Time
Sat 21 January 2017
09:30 – 20:30
Hamish Wood Building
Glasgow Caledonian University
If you’re interested in going along to this event please register here.
December 23, 2016
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We’ve launched a special Christmas appeal
for our bus pass programme for refugees! We’re asking our supporters to buy a £6 bus pass for destitute refugees and asylum seekers who cannot afford to buy their own tickets. Something as simple as access to public transport can be the reason that an individual is able to attend important meetings, go to the food bank, or even meet friends. Being mobile is crucial to the asylum application process and to integration into life in Scotland.
Every pound that is raised will go directly towards the cost of daily bus ticket vouchers for Glasgow and Clyde and Edinburgh and the Lothians, which cost us £6 each. We’ll also send you a nifty gift voucher that makes a perfect stocking filler. (If you give anonymously and want a gift voucher, please contact email@example.com).
Thank you and a very Merry Christmas to you all!
December 11, 2016
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