Posted on: March 19, 2017

Destitute refugees in Scotland are set to be helped through £1,250 raised for the charity ‘Refugee Survival Trust’ by Kinross Parish Church at its Communion in March.The sum has been described by the kirk’s treasurer, Alan McGhie, as “Great news!. This will make a big difference to a small charity and those they support”. The Kirk Session decided to support destitute refugees following press reports in January that here in Scotland ‘Increasing numbers of refugee children are seeking financial support due to destitution’.The problem has been recognised by the Scottish Parliament which recently set up a Committee of MSPs to investigate.

The money raised by the church will support three grant schemes run by the charity:

Last-resort ‘destitution grants’ to cover gaps in other forms of support. The average is just £87. 

Grants towards travel costs or book purchase to allow refugees to access work or college.

Providing a bus pass occasionally for a day. This allows refugees to attend important meetings, visit a food bank or just meet up with friends – a lifeline for less than £6.