Research Projects that Community InfoSource has
produced, been commissioned and involved in!
Victims Of Wrongful Entry
Women & Asylum Seeker Housing Project carried out research in early 2019, in response to Serco staff and contractors working for the Home Office regularly using copies of keys to enter homes of Asylum Seekers without notice, whether they were present or not.
The aim of this research was to highlight that gaining entry to asylum seekers’ homes by using copies of keys was the accommodation provider’s usual practice. This is unacceptable and completely out of keeping with the Human Rights standards expected in Scotland today.
In later 2019, the new Home Office accommodation and support provider Mears stopped this practice.
Preventing Destitute Homelessness
Community InfoSource researched and produced a report for Refugee Survival Trust to enable it to develop a homelessness prevention project for destitute asylum seekers.The vision of Refugee Survival Trust is that all refugees and people seeking asylum in Scotland should receive just, respectful treatment and support.
You can find out more on their website
Evaluation of Transfer of Expertise Training
Community InfoSource completed an evaluation for the Equality & Human Rights Commission of their Transfer of Expertise training in Scotland, which is available on their website.
Living Well In Glasgow
Living Well In Glasgow (LWiG) was a community based project focusing on health and wellbeing which was developed by and for those who had come to Britain from a different culture and climate.
LWiG was created in partnership with the Scottish Asylum Seekers Resident's Association (SASRA). The aim of the project was to provide information and raise awareness of health issues for refugees and asylum seekers.
A vital part of the delivery of the healthy living information is the involvement of people who are new to Glasgow helping with the delivery of workshop and training session to other newcomers. This helps them improve and gain new skill or keep existing skills alive. Volunteers have also helped with the set up of the events.
The focus is on dispelling urban myths, helping people live healthily in a cold climate, information in relation to living a more sedentary life than people are used to and connecting residents to supportive organisation.
Action research has taken place, designed, implemented and analysed by refugees and asylum seeker volunteers. This was into what people needed to know to live healthily here and would like in these information sessions, and the best ways of providing it.
The two highest rated issues found in the research were each developed into a series of workshops: "Healthy Eating and Cooking" and "Mental Wellbeing". These were very well received.
Satisfaction Report for W-ASH
Research was undertaken earlier this year to find out about the satisfaction levels in the WASH and ASH projects. We are delighted with the findings of the report! 30/30 asylum seeker residents said they would recommend the service.
This Is My Village Now
The Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees (GCtWR) is a group of individuals from all walks of life, including refugees themselves. The group was formed in 2000 with the aim of campaigning to improve the quality of life for refugees arriving and settling in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.
The research was funded by the Scottish Community Action Research Fund (SCARF). This action research was funded by the Scottish Government through the Sc. Con Act R Fund (SCARF). The research was developed by GCtWR and carried out by refugees and asylum seeker volunteers.
Our findings highlighted the positive and negative aspects for asylum seekers who gained permission to stay in the UK and decided to remain in Glasgow. Some of these issues have now been addressed.