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.