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Winter Destitution Appeal 2014 PDF Print E-mail

A Scotland wide humanitarian appeal for destitute asylum seekers in Glasgow. We need donations now for our Destitution Surgery on 16th & 17th December 2014

GIVE A DONATION  - Click here to donate safely and securely now: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/winterdestitutionappeal
Feel free to leave your name and message of support, or remain anonymous, its up to you. But remember to tick the box to ensure your donation is “gift aided”, thus adding an extra 25% if you’re a UK taxpayer).
You can also set up a regular payment (standing order) via internet banking. Every penny goes towards providing humanitarian relief for destitute refugees in Glasgow. For standing order details please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

DONATE FOOD ITEMS  - Food donations and toiletries URGENTLY NEEDED by Monday 15th December 2014 at the very latest. Here is the shopping list: rice, pasta, "pot noodles", bread, tinned soups, fresh fruit (bananas, apples, oranges), tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits, long life milk, female hygiene products, razors/shaving foam, deodorants, soap

VOLUNTEER ON 16th/17th DECEMBER 2014  - We welcome volunteers to make tea and offer food to service users. If you are interested in providing such assistance then please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for a registration form

OFFER SHELTER IN YOUR HOME  - If you would like to be added to our accommodation register and/or can offer shelter over the winter period, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for a registration form and information pack.

Thank you for supporting this appeal.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 December 2014 )
Winter Destitution Appeal 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Still human, Still here

An urgent appeal for financial donations to give direct humanitarian relief and protection for destitute people seeking asylum in Glasgow and elsewhere in Scotland.

Over the next few weeks, Positive Action in Housing will be working to ensure that people who are destitute, or at risk of destitution, have access to basic survival essentials over the Winter holiday period.

Destitute asylum seekers are forbidden to seek work or access public funds or emergency homeless accommodation. Many have fallen into long term destitution and are part of Europe’s invisible citizens.

Everything we are offering is being donated by social housing providers, voluntary organisations, trade unions, universities, schools, faith groups and the people of Scotland. Read on to see how you can also contribute to this vital cause.

Give a Financial Donation

To give out emergency cash support over the winter period and beyond, we urgently need financial donations. Please note that ALL money donated to this appeal goes towards providing direct humanitarian relief to destitute refugees.

Give an online donation safely and securely at our charitable donations page https://mydonate.bt.com/events/winterdestitutionappeal

Organisations wishing to give a tax deductible charitable donation should email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , just let us know the name of your company, the amount you wish to donate. We will then provide you an invoice and a certificate of thanks which can be passed to your accountant.  

We also need donations of food items and welcome tins of soup, packets of noodles, pasta, rice, fresh bread, tangerines, apples. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 November 2014 )
URGENT - Winter Destitution Appeal PDF Print E-mail


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.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 December 2012 )
Statement - 2 November 2012 PDF Print E-mail

Positive Action in Housing had a wonderful AGM on Thursday 1 November where we presented our Annual Report and Audited Accounts. The AGM was attended by over 150 people who heard speeches from members and service users, as well as a brilliant inspiring Keynote contribution on the theme of Trust by David Orr, Chief Executive of the NHF and a founder member of Positive Action in Housing.

Unfortunately, while the AGM was taking place, our website was hacked for a few minutes and false, malicious and defamatory material purporting to be from a former employee was added. Security has been further tightened on our website and the offending material removed. However, further false and malicious allegations (sent anonymously) have been discovered on social media. Our server was also flooded with offensive emails on Friday morning - something clearly designed to hurt our staff and volunteers.

On behalf of the trustees, we wish to assure our members, supporters and friends that this matter is being taken extremely seriously and has been placed in the hands of Strathclyde Police who are also investigating large amounts of racist and antisemitic hatemail sent to our Chief Executive Officer, Robina Qureshi. These investigations are in addition to the police investigation into the alleged embezzlement of funds by a former employee. It remains our intention to cooperate fully with Strathclyde Police to secure criminal prosecution and to allow nothing to hamper that.

Should you receive or discover any form of communications from someone purporting to be a former employee of this charity, please ignore it and kindly alert us immediately by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and all evidence will be acted upon and reported to the police.

Please be assured that the work of Positive Action in Housing continues. We have a vigorous new training programme with some new and exciting projects. Our Money Skills Project continues to help those suffering poverty from the BME, refugee and new migrant communities. the Lifeline Project continues to assist those facing destitution in Glasgow or elsewhere in Scotland. Our work with members to assist with policy matters, best practice in equality and diversity, and to help build closer links with minority ethnic communities also continues. Our anti racist work to stop hate crime and challenge far right activity in our communities also continues. The management committee, staff and volunteers are united that nothing will be allowed to hamper this important work.

Finally, we are thankful for all the support and good wishes we have received during this time.

Yours sincerely,

Jelina Berlow-Rahman

Najimee Parveen
Vice Chair

Linda Brown
Company Secretary

Philip Tompkins

Statement - 19 October 2012 PDF Print E-mail
In July 2012, Positive Action in Housing announced its discovery of an alleged fraud committed against the charity by a former employee, and its instigation of a police investigation.

The Chief Executive Officer of Positive Action in Housing, said:

"We are determined to be open and transparent, and keep our members, funders and everyone we work with fully informed, even though we can’t comment as fully as we would like to until the police investigation is concluded.

"Fortunately, we caught the problem, have recovered the majority of the funds and there has been no impact on our frontline services.  However, it remains our intention to vigorously pursue criminal and then civil proceedings for the crime committed against this charity, its service users, staff and trustees. We work with some of the poorest and most vulnerable groups in society and are determined to continue that work for years to come and honour the trust placed in us to do that work by our members, donors, and supporters.”

Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 November 2012 )
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