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Winter Appeal

How to support this appeal

Donate online.   
Post a cheque made payable to: ‘Positive Action in Housing Ltd’, ‪98 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1PJ‬. (include your full name, address and email and tell us if we can reclaim gift Aid on the donation).
Volunteer, or pledge your spare room to help someone get back on their feet.
For other ways to give, go here
A Scotland wide Appeal for financial donations to support those who will find themselves excluded, destitute and homeless this winter.

Winter is the toughest time for the people we support throughout the year. Temperatures are freezing and the nights are getting darker. Its very hard being far away from loved ones at a time when families traditionally getting together for Christmas.

In 2016/17, 1,205 destitute and potentially destitute families and lone men and women, including 88 children and 12 pregnant women depended on Positive Action in Housing’s Lifeline Service for shelter, crisis grants for food, shelter and essential travel for legal and medical appointments. The numbers of families with very young children approaching us has increased. Our service users are from 50 different countries of origin, with Syria, Iran, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Afghanistan ranking amongst the highest. We arranged 21,977 nights of shelter and distributed a total of £42,200 in hardship grants throughout the year.

The Lifeline Service provides an emergency last resort for  refugees and asylum seekers while they wait for Home Office documents or go through judicial reviews and lengthy legal appeals. We support people until they get their documentation and can then begin to rebuild their lives, often months and years after they first arrived here. The numbers in need are rising, and we now need your help to help us to continue to provide this service. 

Winter Surgery – Glasgow

On December 20 and 21, we are running a unique two day Winter Surgery in Glasgow. The city has the highest refugee population in Scotland, and second highest in the UK. We will provide crisis support and shelter. We will prioritise children, elderly, the sick, pregnant women, lone individuals and families, and the long term destitute. 

Referrals from elsewhere in Scotland and the UK

We will be accepting online “referrals” for crisis grants from Caseworkers from other refugee and homelessness organisations around the country, including the British Red Cross, Scottish Refugee Council, Freedom from Torture, Refugee Council and others. Caseworkers wishing to make a referral should first apply for an account here.

The money raised from this Appeal will make a real difference.

Can you help?

We need volunteers, pledges of spare rooms and financial donations

We appreciate any donation, small or large, to help us provide lifesaving support to help refugees and their families survive and eventually rebuild their lives.

Donate safely and securely at our BT MyDonate link.

Or, send a cheque made payable to Positive Action in Housing to: Positive Action in Housing, 98 West George Street Glasgow G2 1PJ. (Include your full name, address, and email and tell us if we can claim gift aid).

We can also invoice organisations who wish to support this Appeal. Just email  

For other ways to give: . 


At the winter Surgery in the run up to Christmas. We want to make sure that everyone we see gets the help they need.

Pledge a spare room in your home

Do you have a spare room that you could offer to a refugee or asylum seeker over Christmas and new year? Then register to host with us, 


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Thank you for taking the time to read this.

If you have any other queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.