Bringing together researchers, practitioners and policy makers working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland
GRAMNet is receiving many brilliant suggestions from partner organisations for actions and requests for help and donations at present. We are very happy to share these on our social media and in our ebulletin but are also setting up a web link which we will update through the next week or so during this ‘Refugee Crisis’ pointing in one place to all the suggestions made and ways help can be given by the many people doing so much on the ground.Please use the contact form at the bottom of this page if there is anything you would like us to add to this list.
Positive Action in Housing are running a Refugee Crisis Appeal, using donations to provide humanitarian support in Calais and other European ports.
Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees are travelling to Athens and Lesvos to help volunteers and refugees there. They are seeking monetary donations to purchase supplies in Greece.
Calaid Edinburgh are collecting monetary donations and supplies.
‘Wishaw to Calais’ are travelling to Calais on the 16th October – they are seeking donations towards petrol, as well as supplies (donation points across Scotland)
Sarah Hamlin, a University of Glasgow student, is travelling to Calais to volunteer and deliver resources. She is seeking donations to purchase further resources in Calais.
Dr Phillippa Wiseman and Dr Lucy Pickering, academics at the University of Glasgow, are collecting sanitary products to be shipped to Calais. You can find out more about this campaign, and how to donate, here.
Slings for Kos are collecting slings to send to mothers with young children in Greece.
There is an Amazon wish list where you can purchase specific items to be delivered to Calais. The shipment departs on the 17th September.
Positive Action in Housing have suggested a range of campaigning measures that can be taken:
Write to the Home Secretary and demand that Britain steps up to its obligations and implements a UK wide relocation plan to tackle the growing refugee crisis. Email Theresa May at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please copy your emails email@example.com.
Write to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP and request that she continue to put pressure on the UK government by signalling the Scottish Government’s willingness to take in 50,000 refugees to Scotland as part of a UK wide relocation plan. Please copy your emails firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write to your local MSP/MP/MEP (see ‘writetothem‘ for their contact details) and ask them to speak out. Please copy your emails email@example.com.
There are also petitions that you can sign, encouraging the government to take action:
Independent petition ‘Britain must accept its fair share of refugees seeking safety in Europe’
You can show your willingness to house Syrian refugees by signing this change.org petition.
Glasgow sees Syria (12 September 2015) There will be a collection of goods to go to Calais at this event.
Edinburgh sees Syria (12th September 2015)
On social media
Add a ‘Refugees Welcome’ twibbon to your social media profiles
If you would like any more information, or would like us to add your campaign to this list, please get in touch using the contact form below.