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Scottish Housing Forum

Tenancy Participation for Asylum Seekers 21 September 2021

Are you an asylum seeker or an organisation that supports asylum seekers in Scotland? If the answer is yes, you are invited to the online stakeholder meeting to be held on Thursday 21 September 2021 at 6:30 pm. 

The aim is:

  • To establish a Scottish Housing Forum for asylum seekers and their support services;
  • To develop strategies for a coordinated and seamless approach to working with housing providers for asylum seekers;
  • To train asylum seekers and their support workers on housing rights and responsibilities as it relates to immigration law and policy;

The Scottish government recommends that effective participation gives tenants an opportunity to influence decisions about the housing services they receive and gives landlords better links to the community and the opportunity to work with others. Further, tenancy participation helps strengthen and improve relationships between tenants, officers and members. Having a tenant participation strategy, on the other hand, enables continuous improvement in landlords performance and enables tenants to participate. For this purpose, the Tenancy Participation Advisory Service (Scotland) (TPASS) supports the development of the Scottish Housing Forum for Asylum Seekers and has agreed to  facilitate the process of tenancy participation. 

The Tenant Participatory Advisory Service (TPAS) is the leading not-for-profit tenant engagement expert, dedicated to improving tenant engagement standards across the UK for the purpose of improving  services, value for money, and bringing real and long lasting change to communities.

To join the event please click here. For more information or to join the initiative please email Tony at tony.kelly@tpasscotland.org.uk or Grace at info@saragcommunity.org or  scotland@statusnow4all.org

Employment and Immigration


As a valued community leader in Scotland, please join us in organising a series of workshops on taking employment related action in the workplace, across the United Kingdom.  The purpose is to empower and support migrants, including asylum seekers, by providing training in the community and workplace.  The trained individuals will become community representatives to help other migrants address  and reverse issues of concern including, exploitative, discriminatory, and abusive practices in the labour market. 

The workshops are the first stage to a strategy to counteract exclusion, isolation, fear, confusion, and unfair treatment which has a negative impact on migrants working throughout the UK. The training programme will be delivered by skilled and experienced practitioners in employment, immigration, equality, and human rights law.

By joining the initiative you benefit from working with other project partners across the UK for continued support, advice, and the sharing of information and good practices. 

For more information, you are welcome to attend our planning meetings on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Alternatively contact Ake or Grace at ake@migrantsatwork.org  info@saragcommunity.org  Sotland@statusnow4all.org. The link to join the meeting will be sent to you upon confirming attendance. 

Black History Month for Asylum Seekers October 2021 (Date TBC)

“For countless generations people of African and Caribbean descent have been shaping our nation’s story, making a huge difference to our national and cultural life and helping to make Britain a better place to be. It is this contribution of black British people that I am proud to be celebrating Black History Month this October.”

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister

Black History Month 2020 is a time to look forward and celebrate the here and now – and the future possibilities. In years gone by, October has been the only time of year when the UK talks about the achievements of Black people in Britain.”

Catherine Ross
Black History Month Editor

Migration Day Summer Festival 18 December 2021

International Migrants Day The United Nations (UN) International Migrants Day is annually held on December 18 to recognize the efforts, contributions, and rights of migrants worldwide. International Migrants Day recognizes the efforts, contributions and rights of migrants worldwide.

“We have all witnessed — first-hand — the critical role migrants have played in our societies, on the front lines of our fight against COVID-19, caring for the sick, working to maintain essential services.

The dedication and entrepreneurial spirit we have seen this year reminds us that, as we move from pandemic response to recovery over the coming months, migrants will be an integral part of that return to normal life.

But, for this to happen, we must reinforce the efforts already made by many countries to ensure migrants are fully included in our COVID-19 responses, including access to social services, and ensuring they do not get left behind.

Many migrants have found themselves reduced to poverty, the first to be let go and the last to be
rehired.

Economically disadvantaged, many have become stranded, unable to return home, while still more have been forced to return without due regard for their safety. At the extremes, migrants may be prey to the criminals who would exploit their vulnerability for profit.

Human rights are not ‘earned’ by virtue of being a hero or a victim, but are an entitlement of everyone, regardless of origin, age, gender and status. But support and protection are needed if migrants are to contribute fully to their, and our, recovery.

As vaccines become available, migrants regardless of their status must be ensured equitable access to national programming, not as a special class of people, but as friends, neighbours and co-workers.

The global response to COVID-19 presents a unique opportunity to reimagine human mobility from the ground up, to implement the vision of the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration, and build prosperous, healthy and resilient communities.

We, together, can make it happen.”

António Vitorino

Christmas Meal for Asylum Seekers 24 December 2021
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