Re-Act, Refugee Action Scotland is a volunteer-run charity that was launched in 2015 in response to the growing refugee crisis. Originally begun in Edinburgh, we are now present in Fife, Falkirk and Aberdeen.
Our main focuses are:
- delivering emergency aid to refugees in camps throughout Europe and the Middle East
- assisting the resettlement and integration of refugees in Scotland
We organise the collection and distribution of emergency aid items collected throughout Scotland to refugees at home and abroad. Since 2015, we have distributed over 1,500 tonnes of Scottish donations to refugee camps throughout Europe and the Middle East.
We have also used locally donated items to assist a large number of new refugee families in Scotland with settling into their new homes, sourcing and delivering furniture, household appliances and fresh warm clothing.
We run weekly social groups for refugee men, women and children of all ages year round in Edinburgh which provides much needed community support and engagement. We are also currently running the New Scots Sewing project which sees 9 New Scot families donating their time and experience to make face masks for the local community to assist with the pandemic efforts.
Our aim is to harness the resources of goodwill offered by the local Scottish community to improve the quality of life of refugees both near and far from our own homes.
Coordinator - Maggie Cameron