Take Action

Organise an RST Talk

Help us spread the word about RST’s work. Would your workplace, place of study, church, community group, or any other club or group you are part of, be interested in hearing more about us?
If so, contact us to arrange for one of our Talks Ambassadors to come and tell people about the issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers and the work RST does to help them. Just email volunteer_coordinator@rst.org.uk.

Lobby for a fairer asylum system

You can visit the websites of our partner organisations to take action to lobby for a fairer asylum system which does not leave people destitute.

Scottish Refugee Council – change the Azure Card system Asylum seekers in the UK are denied access to cash support and forced to use the Azure Card, a no-cash card which often does not work and can only be used in a few supermarkets. Join the campaign to change the current Azure card system.

Scottish Refugee Council – against cuts to housing benefits for refugees As part of the Emergency Budget, the Government announced major changes to Housing Benefit. These changes will have a detrimental effect on refugees, leading to more poverty and reduced opportunities for accessing suitable housing, employment, education and becoming active members of Scottish society. Join the campaign.

Student Action For Refugees (STAR) – Right to work campaign The current policy of denying asylum seekers the right to work, leads to vulnerable people being left in a state of limbo for prolonged periods of time, and increases the burden on the taxpayer. Help lobby to change this policy.

Refugee Council: let Asylum Seekers Work The Refugee Council is calling for people who’ve waited more than six months for a decision on their asylum claim, and people who’ve been refused asylum but are unable to leave the UK through no fault of their own, to be allowed to work to support themselves. Contact your MP through their website.

Still Human Still Here Still Human Still Here is a coalition of more than 40 organisations that are campaigning to end the destitution of thousands of refused asylum seekers in the UK. The coalition believes that the current policy is inhumane and ineffective and is urging the Government to allow asylum seekers the right to work. They are also calling for improved support, access to healthcare and decision making for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. Learn more and take action.

Amnesty International: refugee campaigns Amnesty International’s campaigning extends to refugee issues. You can take action to defend asylum seekers’ right to work, to alleviate the current refugee crisis in Libya and to raise awareness about the destitution of refused asylum seekers. Join the campaign.

Citizens for Sanctuary – Ten Ways You Can Help CITIZENS for Sanctuary is a campaign to secure justice for people fleeing persecution and to rebuild public support for sanctuary. There are many inspiring and easy to do ideas on their website. Ten Ways You Can Help.

City of Sanctuary City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. They aim to create a network of towns and cities throughout the country which are proud to be places of safety, and which include people seeking sanctuary fully in the life of their communities. More information, very useful resources and ideas for action on their resources page.

Refugee Action: against policies that lead to destitution for asylum seekers The government has admitted that policies leading to destitution do not encourage asylum seekers to return to their countries – yet these policies are still in place, despite being inhumane and ineffective. Join the Refugee Action campaign to change this situation.

Student Action for Refugees – Equal Access to Education People seeking asylum do not have equal access to university education. STAR is the national network of student groups working to improve the lives of refugees in the UK. As a student network, STAR believes that this is wrong and that higher education should be equally accessible to all. Support STAR in campaigning to ensure that asylum seekers have Equal Access to higher education.

Church Action On Poverty – “Living Ghosts” campaign to stop destitution among asylum seekers Current government asylum policy means that many people seeking sanctuary in the UK become destitute. Denied the chance to work, unable to return to their own country and receiving no benefits, they become “Living Ghosts.” Information, resources and ways to take action to change this at Church Action On Poverty.