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CRISIS PAYMENTS, FOOD, SHELTER, SURVIVAL PACKS AND WARM CLOTHING FOR DESTITUTE (OR POTENTIALLY DESTITUTE) ASYLUM SEEKERS & THEIR FAMILIES OVER WINTER PERIOD

WHEN: Wednesday, 19th December 2012, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
WHERE: 98 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1PJ

All enquiries to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0141 353 7972

Click on this link to give a safe, secure online donation now: http://www.justgiving.com/winterdestitutionappeal2012

Positive Action in Housing (Scottish Registered Charity No: SC027577 ) is running its annual Winter destitution surgery which targets asylum seekers and their families who are at risk of destitution and provides them with food, Shelter, Cash Support, toiletries as well as warm clothing and blankets over Christmas and New Year.

On Wednesday, 19th December 2012, we will be giving out Food Packs, Warm Clothing, Hygiene Packs, Access to temporary shelter, Cash Support, Legal Support and Useful Information Packs to Destitute Asylum Seekers and their dependents. We will be helping the young, old, women, children and those with physical and mental health problems. Hot drinks, soup and bread will be provided on the day. By delivering this Winter Surgery we aim to reach vulnerable destitute people (and their dependents) over Christmas and New Year. We also aim to keep contact with service users afterwards in order to provide continued support until they resolve their destitution crisis.

1. HOW TO MAKE REFERRALS

Statutory (health, GPs, social work, police) and voluntary organisations, trade unions, and faith groups are all encouraged to refer asylum-seeking individuals and families who they find are destitute, or at risk of destitution (including those without cash support) to the winter destitution surgery. We will give out cash support, food, shelter or clothes support to cover the Christmas and New Year period. We will also provide on-going support throughout 2013 in order to try to help individuals achieve a safe home and resolve their status in this country.

To make a referral, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject heading "Destitution Referral Request" and provide, for each client, the following details:

a) Full names
b) dates of birth
c) nos. in household
d) current links with referring organisation or group,
e) additional vulnerabilities and/or exceptional circumstances and any safety issues we should be aware of;
f) Please state clearly what is required and how you want us to help each client(s)). We will give appointments to referrals. Caseworkers will be on hand on the 19th.
(Alternatively, instead of an email, complete the details requested at this link)

 

2. HOW TO VOLUNTEER AND/OR DONATE ITEMS

Volunteers and supporters are encouraged to bring donations of the following items, which will be given out free to those in need:

1. Sealed food items, e.g. rice, pasta, sauces, tins of soup (non-meat), tea, coffee, chocolate.
2. Toiletries and hygiene products e.g. tooth brush/toothpaste, men’s shaving products, soap, shampoo, deodorant.
3. Washed and ironed winter clothes for children and babies (if possible, please mark clothes with ages and whether for boys/girls)

Please drop donations off on any working day (except Monday) between 10am and 4pm at Positive Action in Housing, 98 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1PJ between now and Tuesday 18 December 2012.

Anyone willing to volunteer or lend a hand on the day is asked to email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Any caterers who can provide homemade vegetable soup and fresh made bread/rolls to give out on the 20th should email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . (Alternatively, instead of an email, complete the details requested at this link)

 

3. FINANCIAL DONATIONS

When you're stripped of your most basic human rights: the right to food, shelter, warmth and paid work, thinking about your future becomes impossible. You are living day to day, hand to mouth, and trying to find your next day's meal or safe shelter. The cycle of long term destitution, mental health problems and further family breakdown becomes inevitable.

The Lifeline project aims to bring stability to the lives of destitute asylum seekers and their families in a safe, confidential environment. It allows people the necessary breathing space to reconsider their options in a supportive environment. The Lifeline Project provides befrienders, volunteers and advisers whose job it is to meet basic human needs of food, warmth, shelter and social networks in order to bring back stability and hope for a more positive outcome to their status in the UK by providing access to good legal support and the chance of often erroneous asylum decisions being overturned by judical review. Any donation you can give, no matter how modest, is enormously appreciated.To help as many destitute asylum seekers and their dependents over Christmas/New Year and throughout 2012, we need financial donations*. Please donate now, it takes a few seconds. you can make a one off donation or give regularly by standing order.

How to donate:

1. Give an online donation now using credit/debit card or paypal safely and securely via Just giving by clicking here (leave a message of support or donate anonymously - it’s up to you plus Justgiving collects the Gift Aid for us leaving us to concentrate on our charitable work). Remember to tick the box to ensure your donation is “gift aided”, thus adding an extra 25% if you’re a UK taxpayer.
2. Give a regular, monthly donation by clicking here
3. Send a cheque made payable to PAIH Ltd (please mark the back of the cheque Hardship Fund – Winter Appeal), and post to: The Chief Executive, Positive Action in Housing Ltd, 98 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1PJ.
4. Alternatively, donate by SMS (mobile phone text messages): just text PAIH99, with £1, £2, £3, £5 or £10, to 70070, e.g. text PAIH99 £5 to 70070.
5. To make a cash donation, please make an appointment by first emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . (We will then have two members of staff on hand to collect, record and receipt your donation).

For more info, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or call Robina or Sraboni on 0141 353 7972.

* Please note: this is the ONLY destitution appeal seeking donations which go directly to provide food, shelter and humanitarian support to destitute asylum seekers and their families in Glasgow (and other parts of Scotland).

 

ABOUT POSITIVE ACTION IN HOUSING’S LIFELINE PROJECT

In 2012, the Lifeline project provided a hardship fund, food, temporary shelter and practical advice and support to 313 destitute asylum seekers.
We provided 586 nights of emergency shelter (through hostels and our volunteers). We gave out crisis payments totalling £30,400 from the Hardship Fund. (We currently give out over £2000 every month).
The Fund is paid for by private donations. Two thirds of those who we helped were “additionally vulnerable”: the elderly, children, pregnant women, young women under the age of 25, those with mental or physical health problems, survivors of trauma, for example, torture, sex trafficking or domestic violence.
Destitute asylum seekers are forbidden to seek work or access public funds or emergency housing. The Hardship Fund is paid for by private donations. Without this project, they would be left street homeless and exposed to exploitation.
The Hardship fund gives crisis payments to people all over Scotland throughout the year who are at risk of being destitute. We currently give out a total of £2000 every month in crisis payments to vulnerable people, including pregnant women, young people, families, elderly people and those suffering from severe mental health problems, HIV or diabetes.
We desperately need donations to allow us to continue this much needed humanitarian work.

 

Positive Action in Housing Ltd acknowledges the generous support of the various charitable trusts, trade unions, and hundreds of individuals who donate to and support this vital, humanitarian work. all donations are formally acknowledged in our annual report.

 

Positive Action in Housing is a Scottish Registered Charity No: SC027577 and a Company Limited by Guarantee Company Reg No: 158867. Registered Office: 98 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1PJ. Tel: 0141 353 2220 Fax: 0141 353 3882 e: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it w:www.paih.org





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