Refugees

Council commitment to Refugees

The Council has agreed to support refugees from any global humanitarian crisis. It has agreed to provide housing for up to four families and to also co-ordinate and provide all the wrap-around services needed to support refugees to resettle in this area. This support will include community services, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and employability and education. Support with social work and health will be provided through the HSCP in a multi-agency response.

You can read the Council’s commitment to refugees in the following news releases:

News release: Commitment to Afghan Refugee programme (1 October 2021)
News release: Council support for Ukraine (1 March 2022)
News release: Council extends commitment to all humanitarian crises (1 April 2022)

Homes for Ukraine drop in sessions

Welcome sessions for Ukrainian refugees and their hosts will take place:

  • Monday 23 May 2-4pm at Gavin's Mill, 3 Gavin's Mill Road, Milngavie, G62 6NB (entry will be via the terrace and signage will be in place to guide you)
  • Thursday 9 June 6-8pm at Lenzie Union Church, 65 Kirkintilloch Road, Lenzie, G66 4LD

Interpretation will be available for those who need it and refreshments will be on offer. 

The event will give you an opportunity to speak to representatives from East Dunbartonshire Council's Education, East Dunbartonshire Citizen Advice Bureau, East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS, East Dunbartonshire Action for Refugees, Police Scotland and members of the Council's Community Planning Partnership & Resettlement Team in an informal and relaxed setting. 

They will be able to signpost you to support available such as English for Speakers of Other Languages classes, as well as offer advice on matters such as health, education, money and benefits. 

Transportation to and from the event will be available for those who require it. To book transport assistance, please e-mail refugee@eastdunbarton.gov.uk by Thursday 19 May. This will assist with managing transport requests. 

Homes for Ukraine

Anyone locally who has registered their home under the Homes for Ukrainians initiative can contact the Council by either telephone or email to discuss the steps that need to be carried out before refugees arrive.

The Council team that is supporting refugees can also provide information on the multi-agency wrap around support that needs to be provided in addition to accommodation.

If you telephone, our Customer Service Agents will record your contact details and arrange for one of the team supporting refugees to call you back.

If you email us, your email will be responded to by the team supporting refugees in East Dunbartonshire.

Phone: 0300 123 4510
Email: refugee@eastdunbarton.gov.uk 

Anyone interested in registering their home with the Homes for Ukraine scheme should visit the Home Owners Alliance Homes for Ukraine web page.

Support for Refugees

The Council will seek to help the people of Ukraine through the Scottish Government and UK Government refugee schemes. 

For those in our communities who also wish to provide support, donating to one of charities and aid agencies providing emergency response is the best way. The Disaster Emergencies Committee (DEC) in the UK is a partnership of 15 established charities delivering humanitarian support on the ground. Donations can be made to their Ukraine humanitarian appeal on the DEC website.