"Re-Act, Refugee Action Scotland, is a not-for-profit humanitarian aid project launched in response to the worldwide refugee crisis. We are part of a growing organisation throughout the UK, working to fundraise and collect vital donations from all over Scotland to transport to the refugee camps in Calais and throughout other crisis areas of Europe.
We aim to help raise awareness of the growing crisis that many in our government and much of the mainstream media refuse to support."
Charity that provides grants to asylum claimants and refugees living in Scotland. Grants made by RST either alleviate poverty and destitution, or help refugees and asylum claimants to overcome obstacles in accessing educational and employment opportunities.
Referrals for grants can be made via Edinburgh-based partner organisations. These include The Welcoming and Saheliya (see respective entries for contact details)
Edinburgh Women’s Aid
• Domestic Abuse Charity
• Crisis counselling and support
• Temporary accommodation
Tenants and Residents Association in Kirkliston
"It is an honour to serve as MP for Edinburgh South and I am always happy to hear from constituents. Whether you have a constituency concern, a political issue or an interest in the work that I do, you can find information here or you can find details of how to contact me whether by email, post, phone or in person."
• Baptist Church
• Debt Counselling Service
• Youth Group
• Play Group
The Welcoming supports newcomers to Edinburgh, providing a wide range of classes and activities, 6 days a week, 50 weeks of the year.
• English language classes at all levels
• Advice and information on everyday living in Edinburgh
• Weekly Conversation Cafe
• Employability support
• Visits out and about to get to know Edinburgh and meet new people
• Home energy advice - find out how to keep cosy at an affordable price at home
• Digital skills
• Befriending opportunities
• Creative arts and health and well-being activities
Everything is free of charge and drop in! Visit www.thewelcoming.org to access the timetable and find latest details of what's on.
We are owned and managed by the local community.
We aim to achieve the sustainable regeneration of a community or address a range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues within a community.
We are independent but seek to work in partnership with other private, public and third sector organisations.
We aim to reduce dependency on grant support by generating income through enterprise and the ownership of assets. All trading surpluses are principally reinvested in the organisation or the community.
Citizen’s Advice Bureau
• Money, Employment, Benefits
• Family, Health, Housing
• Communications, Consumer Affairs, Travel
• Interpreter Service
"Intention for post is to increase support to those living in BME communities (in particular the Arabic Community across Edinburgh) and their families with, or at risk of, heart, stroke or respiratory illness.
Based in in both the MEHIS office (Craigmillar Medical Centre) and the CHSS office (Rosebery House, Haymarket)"
Nari Kallyan Shangho (NKS)
• Women and children welfare charity
• Social inclusion
• After school club
• Other activities
"Communities Served: Meadows/Morningside, Southside/Newington"
• By appointment only
Advice, tickets and travel cards, information on routes and trips.
Based on Waverley Bridge, in Hanover Street, Haymarket, and Dalkeith.
Grassmarket Community Project
• Grassmarket Centre
• Grassmarket Café
• Grassmarket Furniture
• Grassmarket Tartan
• VOLUNTEERING & TRAINING
7 days a week - Free lunches, range of groups/activities - all free but must become members (which is free, accessible and open to everyone) - activities include gardening, art, therapies, exercise & yoga classes, hill walking & residential trips
FOR NON-MEMBERS: FREE 2 course dinner (weekly-Mondays); Pet Clinic, Haircuts, Confidential Housing & Benefits Advice every week plus FREE COMMUNITY CINEMA (every Monday)
"Early years centres offer support, advice, groups and classes for families with children up to age eight.
Contact the centre to find out what's available."
• Housing Advice
• Money and Debt Advice drop-ins
• Home visit project
Edinburgh Council Office
• Help with Council Services
Joanna Cherry MP’s Office
• Specialises in Human Rights
PCHP is a community health project which offers: physical activity classes, cooking classes,
A CHAT CAFE to help English learners, counselling services, a women's support service, GP surgery link workers.
Creche available for service users.
• National Disabled People's Organisation
"Basic Bank provides a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere where individuals, parents and children can find the kind of help they need, whether that be practical, emotional or spiritual."
'What we do' at http://peaceandjustice.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/ says "The Peace and Justice Centre has worked since 1980 to promote nonviolence, human rights, conflict resolution, and ecological sustainability and to create a culture of peace across Scotland."
Advocacy; campaigns; newsletter (contribute articles for this); lending library; chat/cuppa.
"Using a model of holistic support, DASS assists refused asylum seekers who are ARE (Appeal Rights Exhausted) and NRPF (with no recourse to public funds) to find a route out of destitution and resolve their situation."
Also access to education & employment grants.
"Active in: Prestonfield and Kings Meadow bounded by Peffermill Road and the bottom end of Dalkeith Road.
Meet monthly to discuss local issues."
Maureen Child, local councillor for Portobello/Craigmillar, holds a 'surgery' at Craigmillar Library on the first Wednesday of each month (during school term), 5pm - 5.30pm or by appointment 5.30pm-7.30pm.
One of the reasons Maureen is on this list is that she's been really helpful to this whole initiative. At the political level, she helped open communication with relevant officers in the City Council, and helped make the City Chambers available for our original mapping event <http://edinburgh.cityofsanctuary.org/2017/02/13/mapping-sanctuary-in-edinburgh>. And not only did she open the event, but she stayed the rest of the day, participating throughout. Thanks Maureen!
• The membership organisation for Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises
Saheliya is a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+) in the Edinburgh and Glasgow area.Services include Counselling, Complementary Therapies, Practical and Emotional Support, Groupwor, Outreach Work and Counselling, Learning Centre, Gardening Project, Childcare for under 7’s to make sure women can access services.
Shakti Women's Aid provides help for black minority ethnic (BME) women, children and young people who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse.
Phone us or email us if you are worried or frightened about what is happening to you or someone you know.
The person who is abusing you could be a partner, ex-partner and/or other member of the household. You may be under a lot of pressure from family and community. You may not be sure about your rights, for example to stay in the UK, or to safety.
We can help you with this. We will not tell your family or community. All our staff are women.