We’re delighted to have been awarded £450,000 for a new pilot project to help 200 families rebuild their lives in Scotland.

Scottish Refugee Council was one of six organisations to receive funding from The Robertson Trust’s Partner’s in Change fund. More than 150 organisations submitted applications for projects designed to help prevent poverty and trauma in Scotland, so we’re thrilled that our proposal has been successful.

Our CEO, Sabir Zazai said: “We’re delighted to receive this funding to support our work with families rebuilding their lives in Scotland.

“Forced migration and the UK’s asylum system take a huge toll on people’s health and wellbeing. Poverty, stress, precariousness and loneliness are designed into the system and are experienced by almost all of the families we work with.

“Our Change programme will take a new approach to supporting people all the way through the asylum process, providing intensive early support and much needed legal advice to help people settle and thrive right from the first day of arrival.”

Commenting on the announcement of the Partners in Change awards, Lesley MacDonald, Head of Giving at The Robertson Trust, said:

“Partners in Change aims to get behind aspirational change plans to shift the problems caused by poverty and trauma in Scotland. I am delighted that we are able to support these organisations, which have demonstrated their ambition to make a difference to the communities and people with whom they work and who are affected by poverty and trauma across the country.

“We look forward to working with our partners and are keen to learn alongside them, to understand what helps and hinders in achieving our mutual ambition of ending poverty and trauma, and its negative impacts, in our society.”

We believe a new model is needed to support people right the way through the asylum journey. The funding will be used to launch a new case management model to support 200 recently arrived families with immigration advice and representation. The pilot project will be run in partnership with lawyers Latta & Co and JustRight Scotland.

Rachel Lamb
Author: Rachel Lamb