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Scottish Refugee Council selected for Guardian Charity Appeal

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The newspaper’s appeal will benefit three charities across the UK. 

The Refugee Councils of Britain, made up of Scottish Refugee Council, the Welsh Refugee Council the British Refugee Council will receive some of the funds raised by the Guardian and Observer papers’ annual Charity Appeal this year.

The appeal, which launches today, encourages readers to donate to the charities in order to help refugees rebuild their lives in the UK. 

As part of the appeal, the newspaper will profile the charities’ vital work through articles and a film.

The charities say the appeal will help them to fund vital services across the country, supporting 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.

Sabir Zazai, CEO of Scottish Refugee Council, 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.”

The Refugee Councils of Britain support people who have fled conflict, violence and persecution to restart their lives in safety in the UK. 

Their work started in 1951 following the creation of the UN Refugee Convention, with the formation of the British Refugee Council, and as the UK welcomed generations of refugees, the need for dedicated charities in Wales and Scotland led to the Scottish Refugee Council being established in 1985 and the Welsh Refugee Council in 1990.  

Enver Solomon, CEO of the Refugee Council, said: “We are thrilled the Guardian has chosen to shine a light on refugees and people in the asylum system through their appeal this year, raising awareness of the issues they face and the work refugee organisations play in helping them rebuild their lives.

“The funds raised will help make vulnerable men, women and children feel welcome in the UK after having fled war, torture and persecution in some of the world’s most dangerous places.

“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 Refugee Councils of Britain support people who have fled conflict, violence and persecution to restart their lives in safety in the UK. 

Their work started in 1951 following the creation of the UN Refugee Convention, with the formation of the British Refugee Council, and as the UK welcomed generations of refugees, the need for dedicated charities in Wales and Scotland led to the Scottish Refugee Council being established in 1985 and the Welsh Refugee Council in 1990.  

Andrea Cleaver, CEO, Welsh Refugee Council said:"This is the time of year when many of us reflect on togetherness, generosity, and peace. The funds raised through the Guardian's appeal will help us provide crucial services and support to the thousands of families and individuals we see every year. But this campaign also embodies our vision of creating a place of welcome and compassion for all who seek sanctuary in Wales. We are grateful to be included in this project alongside the other charity partners."

The charities support children and adults who have been forced to flee their homes, providing crisis advice and practical, hands-on support to help people navigate the asylum process and settle into their new communities, as well as access to specialist mental health therapy to help them recover from trauma. 

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