What we do

Helping to Rebuild Lives

We help people rebuild their lives after the removal of basic human rights such as liberty, refuge, shelter and the right to work.

We assist those seeking refuge to overcome crisis situations.

We help new migrants to know their rights and access work.

We assist established ethnic minority communities to overcome bad housing and challenge homelessness.

Below you will learn more about the practical services we offer and our emphasis on empowering people with knowledge and enabling people to become independent.

If you share our values and think you can contribute in some way there are a number of ways you can help and become part of our network of like-minded people.

Find out more about donating to help Refugees and migrant communities.

Find out more about Hosting a Refugee.

Practical Help and Human Support

Lifeline Service

Our Lifeline Service aims to prevent and alleviate the destitution of refugees and people seeking asylum by providing emergency advice, representation, crisis grants, food cards and free shelter.  We help our clients through drop in surgeries, one to one casework and referrals.  Find out more about this support service.

Room for Refugees

Room for Refugees is a refugee hosting programme for refugees and those seeking refuge who are at risk of destitution. It provides a safe haven as well as pastoral support. The programme allows individuals to assist directly in the refugee crisis.  Our hosts are unpaid volunteers who offer free shelter in their home or other property. Hosts live all over Scotland and the rest of the UK and come from diverse backgrounds. All are motivated to help men, women and children fleeing war and persecution. Find out more about hosting a refugee at www.roomforrefugees.com or supporting the programme with a donation.

Empowering people with knowledge

By empowering people with information, we help individuals to make the right decisions about their future.  We offer advice, information and signposting to other appropriate support groups.  By empowering partner organisations with knowledge about the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, they are better equipped to find solutions.

New Migrants Action Project

The New Migrants Action Project plays a significant role in aiding people who have recently arrived in Scotland after seeking refuge from countries around the world.    Our diverse, multilingual team of four staff assist clients to secure paid work, know their rights and make the right decisions for their future. The project is doing ground breaking work assisting the Roma community.  Find out more.

Frontline Homelessness Advice Service

The Frontline Homelessness Advice Service offers essential advice and support to deal with the challenges for newly granted refugees having to rapidly move from one system of housing support to another.  The Service also assists people to access social housing and to challenge poor housing conditions and racist hate crime.  Find out more.

Money Skills Project

Our Money Skills Project offers multilingual advice, information and financial skills training through a multilingual staff team of four.  The project tackles the root causes of homelessness in order to help break the poverty cycle.  Find out more.

Training Courses

We offer training, consultancy and good practice guidance to statutory and voluntary service providers across Scotland.  Our courses are held across Scotland and include The Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Rights of New Migrants,  Equality and Diversity in the Workplace, Equality and Diversity in Service Delivery. We will also tailor training to your needs. Email training@positiveactionh.org for more info.

Our work has no geographical boundaries

Volunteers

In 2015-16 we recruited 202 international volunteer medics, nurses and general volunteers.  We sent them to Lesvos to support the wider humanitarian effort where they assisted 500,000 refugees who crossed the Agean Sea from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan in 2015.

Crisis Campaigns

Greece and Italy are at the front-line of the world’s biggest wave of mass-migration of refugees since World War 2.  All the way along the route into Europe through the Balkans there is virtually no humanitarian response, and those in need rely on the goodwill of unpaid volunteers for shelter, food, clothes, and medical assistance.  In 2015/16 we provided funding to the Greek and Italian lifeguards assisting refugees crossing into Europe. We are now supporting the dependents of Syrian refugees already in the UK to leave war zones. Find out more how you can help.