December Newsletter

6 December 2020

Latest news from Positive Action in Housing.

Throughout the pandemic, Positive Action in Housing’s staff and volunteers have been working on the ground supporting people in emergency need, here’s a run down of what we are doing as we approach the end of the year. Thank you for all your support and please consider giving a donation to our Winter Appeal – details below …

Call to Action

To see our latest Call To Action, go here .

Winter Appeal 2020 – Please Donate

This week sees the start of a two-week long Winter Surgery at Positive Action in Housing right up until Xmas. Things have had to be changed because of the pandemic, naturally. We will be distributing direct support to 287 families and single men and women. We have volunteer drivers and a programme of appointments set up to help everyone. The surgery will safely distribute emergency crisis support to asylum seekers and those with NRPF. The surgery will benefit 319 adults and 182 children. 22% of those who are in need are living in hotels without money. 26% of people in need  are between 22 and 30 years old. 19% are between 41 and 50 years old. 5% are aged between 17 and 21 years old. The people who are getting support  are from 42 different countries of origin, including Nigeria (23%), Iran (9%), Sierra Leone (6%), Sudan/Pakistan/Iraq (5% each). Here is some information about how you can donate to and support our winter appeal.

Humans of Glasgow Network

Our Humans of Glasgow Network has been very busy. The Network grew out of the pandemic, the Park Inn incident and the need for contactless volunteering. It is currently made up of 250 volunteers and 350 refugees – a work in progress. And it’s growing. In the past month, Morgan and Umran, our emergency relief coordinators have been putting together winter care packs and distributing digital technology to enable people to learn and connect. Beds and furniture and food has been delivered. Another lovely task of the network has been giving Xmas trees for refugees , within a few days over 50 families requested a tree, and we have posted some of the photos on Instagram @positiveactionh . It has brought a lot if joy to people and one of our service users wrote about it here: (The sad thing is that almost every tree had no presents underneath them 😢 ).

We need new refugee hosts in Glasgow and London!

We are struggling to get hosts to offer shelter in Glasgow and London, and elsewhere across Scotland and the U.K. especially because of Covid 19. In London, our referral partners to Room for Refugees are seeing really vulnerable people , young people, the elderly and sick being made destitute. Please offer a spare room or property to help a destitute refugee or asylum seeker family, individual or child resolve their crisis, just fill-in this form. More info here.

Refugee and Migrants Rights Training 

Here’s our timetable for live, online, open course training to March 2021. We are offering all our courses online using Zoom. For in-house training please drop a line to Iain Chisholm at and he will be pleased to help you. 

Annual Impact Report

Here is our latest Annual Impact Report. Our 25th AGM happened on Zoom and was a quiet affair compared to previous years. But we will properly celebrate a quarter century of Positive Action in Housing once this Lockdown is over. Take a quick glance at everything we do on the one page infographic. 

Call for a Public Inquiry

Thank you for signing the call for a public inquiry into the housing crisis affecting people seeking asylum in Glasgow. We have gathered almost 3,500 signatures. Read the detailed demands here and add your name in support.  

Here is a timeline of the deadly accommodation crisis in Glasgow. Refugees and asylum seekers are human beings – not Amazon parcels to be shifted without consequence: Read more articles on our blog

Give a regular donation.

Without regular donations, the work we do to help people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to rebuild their lives simply would not be possible. Please consider giving a regular donation via CAF . Or give a one off donation via PayPal or JustGiving. For other ways to give, for example,  organising birthday fundraisers on Facebook, please go here

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