Annual Report 2016-17

Who we are

An independent, anti-racist homelessness and human rights charity (SC027577) dedicated to supporting refugees and migrants to rebuild their lives.

We believe in a society where everyone has the right to live stable and fulfilled lives, free from poverty, homelessness or inequality.

What we do

We assist refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution to overcome crisis situations, for example, the removal of basic human rights such as refuge, shelter, the right to work or hold a bank account.

We provide proactive advice, emergency support and free shelter to those at risk of destitution through Room for Refugees.

We provide pre-eviction advice to asylum seekers about to be evicted from asylum accommodation.

We support migrants to know their rights, secure paid work and stabilise their lives. We assist established ethnic minority communities to overcome bad housing.

We support victims of racist harassment and hate crime, and successfully challenge council homelessness decisions.

We provide signposting, proactive casework, emergency humanitarian support to assist refugees and asylum seekers to rebuild their lives quickly and stand on their own resources.

We offer welfare advice and money skills to refugees and migrants to assist in their resettlement in Scotland. We provide volunteering and training.

We lead human rights campaigns and humanitarian appeals. We persistently challenge anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiment, and the indefinite detention of innocent families and individuals. In all these areas we use our expertise to effect policy change.

We will help in all these ways until we have a society that treats everyone fairly, respects people’s human rights and leaves no one destitute.

Support our work

To continue this work, we depend on the financial support of government, charitable trusts, our members, trade unions and academic bodies and individuals from all sections of society.

Regular donations help us plan out support for those in greatest need. To give regularly, or a one off donation, go to

If you are an organisation sharing our values and would like to become a full or associate member, please visit:

Tel +44 141 353 2220


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Our thoughts are with the family of Harry Leslie Smith who is critically-ill in hospital.

Harry, 95 years old, and one of our last remaining WW2 RAF veterans, has been a tireless advocate for refugees after witnessing the mass movements of refugees in Europe at the end of WW2 – he was deeply affected by his visit to Calais in the documentary clip below.

“I could not believe it when I stepped into the camp. It reminded me of when my unit reached Hamburg, Germany. . . I felt so sorry when this young boy sidled up to me. He was 10. He was in Calais alone. He had lost his parents. How can we allow that?”

His son John is by his bedside.

" Meet the Second World War veteran who is spending his winter years helping refugees around the world Harry Leslie Smith is using his final years to help end the plight of refugees around the world "
Read more at:

The Guardian
Harry Leslie Smith saw the full potential of human cruelty while he was serving Britain during the second world war. But, he says, his country showed huge compassion by settling 200,000 Polish refugees in 1945. Today, however, he believes politicians are turning their backs on humanity by rejecting refugees fleeing war See MoreSee Less

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Yemen. Hunger devours millions as Saudi Arabia bombards innocents , seeking military advantage facilities by advanced weaponry supplied by #UK and #USA#yemen #famine See MoreSee Less

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Human rights – and wrongs

Let’s remember #JamalKhashoggi as the beautiful, warm, truth seeking human being he was. His is a story of poetry, Sufism and love, universal, precious and full of hope.

The cat knows it.

As for the ones who took Jamal’s sacred life, parading their robes and rings and their wealth, they are below zero, less than dirt, not deserving of air. And those who defend them, the naked Presidents, the Arms suppliers, reveal their true face for the world to see. If it was a third world country defending this barbarity they would soon be bombed. But not these world class terrorists. Theirs is a story of profit from arms, ugly greed, barbarity, oil and a genocide in Yemen. There is no good – here only the seeds of death.

There is a Quranic saying, “they plan but Allah is the best planner”.

Robina Z QureshiSaudi Arabia has admitted to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside its consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul. Khashoggi, a Saudi writer and di… See MoreSee Less

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