Appeals

2022 Winter Refugee Appeal

Our 2022 Winter Refugee Appeal is raising funds to provide humanitarian aid to refugee families, children, babies, lone women and men — including torture survivors and those fleeing wars and persecution — who are being left practically destitute across the UK.

People seeking asylum are living on £1.17 a day. Will you help in this freezing weather?

Our 2022 Winter Refugee Appeal is raising funds to provide vital humanitarian aid to refugee families, children, babies, lone women and men — including torture survivors and those fleeing wars and persecution — who are left practically destitute .

Times are tough for so many right now. Therefore, we appreciate any donation you can give today. If you have donated to previous appeals, thank you. Your contribution has helped the people we support to rebuild their lives.

How will we use your donation?

  • Every penny raised will provide direct aid. All donations will directly assist those who have fled war and persecution in their own countries, leaving behind loved ones, friends and everything they know.
  • Throughout December, our teams will deliver humanitarian aid to over 530 beneficiaries across Glasgow, Aberdeen, Perth and other cities where people have been randomly and forcibly dispersed with few clothes or possessions.
  • We are triaging those who are worst affected: the elderly, sick, pregnant women and families with children.
  • Around 5% of donations received will reach the most urgent cases identified in London and Brighton by some of our refugee referral partners, including: Migrants Organise, Praxis, RAMFEL, Refugee Action, Room to Heal, South London Refugee Association, and The Hummingbird Refugee Project.
  • We will provide food and clothes vouchers, shelter in the homes of our volunteers, energy grants, phone top-ups, bus tokens and hygiene packs, as well as essential digital tech.
  • In addition, our Lifeline Service will reach those needing proactive advice, information and breathing space to rebuild their lives. Our approach has produced life-transforming outcomes.

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Why your help is needed

  • The asylum system is causing misery. Many would-be refugees are instead being "fast-tracked into poverty".
  • The backlog of people waiting for an initial decision in the UK has reached over 122K, with hundreds waiting over five years.
  • Thousands of able, skilled refugees are banned from contributing to the workforce. People must depend on the Home Office and its contractors for housing and support.
  • Asylum seekers receive less than £6 daily for all their basic needs. Those in hotels receive only £1.17 a day. Rising food and energy prices have made life more difficult.
  • The bureaucratic indifference, delays and unsuitable accommodation have left many with deteriorating mental and physical health.
  • The controversial "Rwanda policy" has made people more fearful of the Home Office and its accommodation contractors, for fear it affects their asylum claim.

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Other ways to give

  • Post a cheque payable to Positive Action in Housing Ltd to Winter Appeal, Positive Action in Housing, 98 West George Street Glasgow G2 1PJ.
  • Set up a regular donation (standing order) via internet banking to Positive Action in Housing Ltd (SC027577).
  • Donate via CAFJustGiving (and leave a message) or  PayPal
  • Companies or small businesses wishing to donate on receipt of an invoice, please email us here
  • For other ways to give, visit this page.

About us

Positive Action in Housing is a homelessness and human rights charity assisting BME, refugee and migrant communities to rebuild their lives.

Each year, we provide casework, representation and emergency crisis support to hundreds of refugees, asylum seekers and certain vulnerable migrants forced to live in a state of extreme impoverishment.

In 2021/22, we assisted 1,737 destitute refugees and asylum seeker families, children, women and men.

Since 2002, our pioneering Room for Refugees Programme has sheltered over 4,000 refugees from countries including Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine and Yemen.

Since March 2022, we have arranged 400 hosted placements for Ukrainian war refugees. We distribute hundreds of emergency crisis payments annually to those in greatest need. All with one aim, to help people to overcome a crisis and rebuild their lives.

Visit our website to see our latest annual impact report.

To give suggestions or feedback, email donate@positiveactionh.org.

Can you join us as a volunteer? Then fill in the online form at www.paih.org/volunteer.

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Thank you for any help you can provide. Every penny of your donation will go towards helping those in greatest need this winter.

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