"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)
"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."
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh West
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith
MP for Edinburgh East.
Joanna Cherry MP’s Office
• Specialises in Human Rights
'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.
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!