Supporting Syrian families in Dundee

family advice

We are delighted to announce that from today (October 1 2018) Scottish Refugee Council will work with families from the Syrian community in Dundee. Working in partnership with the local authority and services in the area, we will support people who have recently arrived from Syria to settle in and to go on to achieve their hopes and ambitions for life in Scotland.

The service will provide one-to-one advice and support on all aspects of settling into a new place with the aim of giving people the best possible start to life in Dundee. This will include practical support to help people find their way around the city, making sure they feel safe and orientated; making sure that their new home and environment is suitable for them; support with the paperwork involved in setting up a new home and helping people plan their first few weeks in Scotland.

Once people have found their feet, we will work with them to develop a plan to work towards achieving their hopes and ambitions.

Wafa Shaheen, Head of Integration at Scottish Refugee Council said: "We'll be building on a lot of good work and engagement that's already taken place in Dundee so we are really looking forward to being able to work with the community to support people in every way we can.

"We will not be doing things for people, we'll be doing it with them. Our approach is to help build people's independence and confidence about making a life in a new place. We'll be asking people what their hopes and dreams are for their lives in Scotland and how we can help them make those a reality."

Dundee is one of thirty-one local authorities in Scotland to provide a home to families resettled through the UK government's Syrian Resettlement programme. More than forty families have settled in Dundee via this scheme and the city plans to continue to receive and resettle people who have fled the war in Syria. We are proud to be part of this and to build on all that has been achieved so far.