East Lothian welcomes refugees” and RST volunteers are putting on a brilliant concert on the theme of


Saturday 26th March 2016

7.30pm – 9.30pm

The Corn Exchange Haddington, EH41 3HA

The Edinburgh Brass Band and the Faroes Band will be playing with the Twa Tenors.

This event is kindly supported by East Lothian Council.

Tickets can also be bought from Kesley’s Bookshop and Peter Potter Gallery in Haddington.

Valentine’s Eve Ceilidh

Valentine's Eve Ceilidh_feb 16 Ceilidh Collective presents a fantastic event in support of the Refugee Survival Trust and Reforesting Scotland.

Valentine’s Eve Ceilidh

with Hud Yer Wheesht

Saturday 13th February 2016.

7pm – 1pm

At Edinburgh Steiner School, 60 Spylaw Road, Edinburgh EH10 5BR.

Tickets available online from Brown Paper Tickets or in person at New Leaf Co-op on Argyle Place, Edinburgh.

First Foot To Arrival

A special free event – part fundraiser, part awareness-raiser, part scratch night, part winter warmer at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.

Traverse Bar Café, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED

Friday 15th January 2016

from 7:30pm.

Tickets are free – but there will be collections on the night in aid of RST and Scottish Detainee Visitors.

Journeys – Reflecting the Refugee Experience

Poetry Reading – Thursday 9th April 2015, 6:30 – 8:00pm.

Lauriston Hall,  Lauriston St, Lauriston, Edinburgh, EH3 9DJ ​​

A poetry reading with Makar W.N.Herbert​ on the subject of Journeys, with special thoughts about refugees and their anguished journeys.  All contributions welcome

Have you written a poem about  a journey you took? Have you got a poem you like to take when traveling?

W.N.Herbert will read his own engaging poems, and then members of the audience will have an opportunity to recite or read a poem of their choosing.

We look forward to an interesting and moving evening with the Scottish Poetry Library in support of Refugee Survival Trust on 9 April, from 6.30 to 8pm, at Lauriston Hall.

Tickets £5 (£4 concessions). Home baking included.

Sign up for the event here.

Please contact Sarah: for further details.


Get in tune for Christmas with an International Carol Concert!

Featuring carols and seasonal songs from around the world.

Friday 5th December 2014, 7:30 – 8.40pm

Sacred Heart Church,  Lauriston St, Lauriston, Edinburgh, EH3 9DJ ​

All welcome – Free entry – Retiring collection for the Refugee Survival Trust

We are asking for contributions of international carols and any keen musicians to help out on the day. Please send suggestions for carols and offers of help to Sarah at


The Sanctuary Summit is coming:

Saturday 15th November, 2014.


This ground-breaking national conference, drawing together a wide range of organisations across the country, in solidarity with asylum seekers and refugees, is to be held on 15th November in Birmingham. This event is supported by many national organisations including the Refugee Council,

Refugee Action, ​Scottish Refugee Council, Welsh Refugee Council, British Red Cross, City of Sanctuary, Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum,  NACCOM, ​Boaz Trust,  Refugee Survival Trust, Still Human Still Here, STAR, Detention Action, UNHCR, Migrants’ Rights Network, the Detention Forum, Right to Remain, Freedom from Torture, Refugee Week, Migrant Voice and many other organisations across the country.

It will bring together diverse groups to unite around 8 key principles which are

  1. All asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to be treated with dignity and respect.
  2. Asylum seekers to be welcomed & befriended on arrival, and offered free language tuition so they can fully participate and contribute to the local community.
  3. Free access to healthcare for all asylum seekers while they are in the UK.
  4. Access to good quality legal advice and representation.
  5. Improved decision making, so protection is granted to all who need it.
  6. An end to destitution, by providing sufficient support to all asylum seekers to ensure they can meet their essential living needs while in the UK.
  7. Permission to work for asylum seekers whose case has taken more than six months, or who have been refused and are temporarily unable to return home.
  8. An end to the indefinite detention of asylum seekers and migrants.

There will be workshops on each of these policy themes.

There will also be practical action workshops on awareness raising and effective campaigning around the media, MPs, city councils, the arts and local communities.  In addition there will be a fringe meeting on Syrian refugees and regional meetings. The day will finish and end with inspirational speeches from key people such as Sarah Teather, Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees, and Maurice Wren Chief Executive of The Refugee Council and refugee activists who have survived persecution, long journeys, the UK asylum process and other unmentionable traumas who will want to be part of the birth of the new sanctuary movement.

It is hoped that the Summit will offer people across the country both space and structure to energise our campaigning in the run-up to the General Election and beyond, building unity and coherence around the 8 principles, providing the momentum for a new movement that embraces mutual support and stimulates stronger campaigning actions.

Further information is on the Sanctuary Summit website  or email

Bookings are via Eventbrite


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