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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Jellian Spencer served for 14 years in the British army, including a tour in Iraq. However earlier this year, Jellian was visited by her mother Evette White who suffered a severe stroke. Now bedridden and unable to walk, Evette can’t fly back to Jamaica, but due to the new #HostileEnvironment of NHS Charges for foreign visitors she is not eligible for the rehabilitation treatment that she needs to regain full use of her body.

The NHS identity check system forces thousands of patients to pay upfront costs for treatment and unknown numbers of others are becoming trapped in a process devoid of common sense or compassion.

The Guardian newspaper also recently reported the case of Elfreda Spencer, a 71-year-old Jamaican woman who fell ill while visiting family and was diagnosed with advanced cancer. Unable to pay £30,000, Elfreda was denied the immediate treatment she needed. Her cancer later became terminal and she died.

Read more at Migrant Voice "We want an end to a charging system for #migrants and overseas visitors that is putting lives on the line. #HostileEnvironment "“I don’t know if I’m going to go to the hospital one day and they say my mum is discharged. What would I do in that situation? I don’t know. When she’s discharged, she’s not entitled to anything.”

Jellian was a corporal in the British Army. When her mum Evette came to visit and suffered a severe stroke, she got the life-saving treatment she needed.

But Evette is still bed-ridden and the bills are mounting. They are quickly running out of choices.

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