Glasgow Welcome befriending project

Our 19 new friends are now two months into their befriending experience as part of our Glasgow Welcome project which pairs up newcomers to the city with people who know Glasgow well. The pairs meet every two weeks over a six month period to explore some of the free cultural sites the city…

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Asylum in UK Parliamentary Report on Immigration and Consensus

Guest blog by Katharine Weatherhead In January 2018, the UK Parliament published a report called Immigration policy: basis for building consensus. Written by a committee of MPs, the report is the outcome of an inquiry into “whether it might be possible to build greater consensus on immigration policy” in the…

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In the news again…

Our record-breaking year in 2017 has been picked up by The Ferret, which today features an in-depth article about Scotland’s “invisible epidemic” of refugee destitution. The article, by Karin Goodwin, looks at the increase in demand on services such as RST’s destitution grants programme, as well as other support services provided by…

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RST Destitution Grants April – September 2017

Overview The first half of 2017-18 has once again seen an increase in the number of people applying for Destitution Grants from the Refugee Survival Trust, in comparison to previous years. Q1 & Q2 2015-16 – 370 grants distributed to a value of £25,821 Q1 & Q2 2016-17 – 410 grants…

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Thanks to all at the Jedburgh 3 Peaks Ultramarathon

We were really pleased to be chosen as this year’s charity partner by the excellent people at the Jedburgh Three Peaks Ultramarathon. Besides raising much-needed funds for our destitution grants the race organisers also invited us to join them on the day for a spot of running. Ulp! RST staff…

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Freshly leeked – Veg Pledge is back!

Following its very successful launch in early summer, we are running another Veg Pledge to raise funds for our Destitute Asylum Seeker Service shopping budget programme.  Through this programme, we give small amounts of cash to help destitute asylum seekers in our temporary project accommodation with their weekly shop. The people we…

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Jedburgh Three Peaks ultramarathon chooses RST as charity partner!

We’re absolutely delighted that the organisers of the Jedburgh Three Peaks ultramarathon have selected the Refugee Survival Trust as their charity partner. This year’s event, which takes place on Saturday 28 October, is a 38 mile, mostly off-road course. The race starts and finishes in Jedburgh. Less serious athletes can…

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