During the Covid-19 crisis we are running our services via phone and video link. Please call our freephone number 0808 196 7274 to make an appointment.

As eleven local authorities in Scotland head into Level 4 of lockdown this weekend, it is clear that the pandemic is here to stay. We would like to reassure everybody that we will still be here providing advice and support via phone and video link.

We have also compiled some resources to help you through this difficult time.

Helplines and support

Our helplines and support section contains information about vital helplines, free food provision, translated NHS guidance and mutual aid. We will update this as regularly as we can. If there is anything missing, let us know!

Changes to the asylum system during the pandemic

For people wanting to keep track of the multiple changes to the asylum system caused by the pandemic, this section will be continually updated as soon as we have new information from the Home Office. We know that it can be extremely confusing. We will try to break information down as simply as possible. You can also follow updates from Right to Remain and Refugee Council.

Impact of Covid-19 on refugee communities

We carried out research over the summer into how Covid has impacted new Scots and their communities, which made it clear that many people are struggling with isolation and loneliness in lockdown. We are worried about the additional impact of another lockdown and the renewed loss of community support on people who are already struggling. You can find this research here.

If you are struggling in lockdown, or need support or advice, please call our freephone number 0808 196 7274.

Chris Afuakwah
Author: Chris Afuakwah