We are delighted to reveal that, along with the Refugee Council and the Welsh Refugee Council, we are one of the Guardian’s featured organisations for their annual Charity Appeal.

The appeal, which launches today, encourages readers to donate to the chosen charities in order to help refugees rebuild their lives in the UK. As part of the appeal, the Guardian and the Observer will highlight the charities’ vital work and share the stories of some of the people they’ve helped.

Our CEO Sabir Zazai said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the Guardian’s featured charities this winter.

“Our services are needed now more than ever. Our team have been working non-stop to support people seeking safety in Scotland, but there is always so much more to do. The Guardian readers’ donations will go towards making sure people are welcomed, supported and listened to.

“We hope this campaign sends a message of solidarity to everyone who has been forced to flee their home. We all deserve a warm welcome and a safe home this Christmas.”

Enver Solomon, CEO of the Refugee Council, said: The solidarity of the public is all the more important this year given the Government’s hostile policies that are having such a devastating impact on all those we work with.

“With the support of the Guardian and Observer’s readers, the Refugee Councils of Britain will keep working to build a fair and humane asylum system that upholds our international commitments to provide protection to those who need it.” 

The appeal will help to fund vital services across the country which support refugees to connect with their local community and return to employment.  It will also help fund the Councils’ campaigning work – championing refugee rights and raising awareness by promoting the voices and experiences of refugee communities across the UK.

The other charities chosen by the Guardian are hosting charity Refugees at Home and NACCOM, the national network of frontline organisations working to end destitution amongst people seeking asylum, refugees and migrants.

Find out more about the appeal and donate here.

Are you on the look-out for the perfect Christmas gift? Have a look at our new shop and help to support our work. 


Gilly Furmage
Author: Gilly Furmage