Who We Are & What We Do
Community InfoSource works with communities in Glasgow to put their ideas into action.
Our organisation is human rights and equalities based and community led.
We currently have two main projects:
Challenging Violence Against Women and Women & Asylum Seeker Housing
Community InfoSource & Partner Organisations
Community InfoSource Becomes A Charity!
We held a fantastic night of celebration as part of Refugee Festival Scotland in June, with international music, dance, performances and food.
The event was part of the official programme for this years festival, with the theme being 'Making Art, Making Home'.
We also announced that after 13 years of being a C.I.C, we are now a registered charity! This is a big thing for CIS and we were delighted to share the celebrastion with so many people who have been a part of our organisation over the years.
Lift The Ban National Campaign
We were at Glasgow City Chambers to unify with other organisations over the Lift the Ban Campaign.
Asylum Seekers currently don't have the right to work in the UK something which would allow fantastic integration opportunities and financial independence.
The movement is encouraging individuals to write to their MP's and put pressure on Parliament to #LiftTheBan.
You can find out more information here
SASRA Meets With Patrick Grady MP
Our partnership organisation Scottish Asylum Seekers Resident's Association (SASRA) met with MP Patrick Grady to discuss the issues facing asylum seekers in Glasgow, and what they do as an organisation.
SASRA is run entirely by asylum seekers, and do fantastic work for many individuals and communities in Scotland!
Women & Asylum Seeker Housing Project
We Need Your Help!
The Asylum Seekers (Accommodation Eviction Procedures) Bill 2017-19 is currently making its way through Parliment. The Bill is essentially designed to give asylum seekers the same rights as anyone else living in the UK, and is a huge step in the right direction.
We urge you to write to your MP in support of this bill! It's a UK wide policy and will protect some of the most vulnerable in our society.
Below is a template letter for those looking for a liitle guidance on what to say to your MP.
You can find out more about the bill here
Preventing Asylum Seeker Evictions
We contributed to a press release curated by Neil Baldwin and Susie Rose from Shelter regarding the lock change evictions taking place by Serco.
The ASH Project is currently supporting 60+ asylum seekers who are at threat of eviction.
You can find the full document below, as well as links to the articles that have been published as a result.
The Guardian The Scotsman Scottish Housing News Third Force News The National
Research: Are Keys Being Used Illegally?
W-ASH has undertaken new research on the use of keys into homes of asylum seekers, by the housing provider, without warning or permission.
We decided to do so as it was being frequently reported that Serco staff and contractors where using spare keys to enter the homes of asylum seekers without warning. In Scottish Housing Law it is ILLEGAL for landlords to do this unless there is an emergency. The impact that this practice is having on an already vulnerable group in our society is disgraceful, and we are holding Serco accountable for their actions.
You can read the full research paper here
Refugee Festival Scotland WASH Event
The Women Asylum Seeker Housing Project had a lovely afternoon of activities for female asylum seekers and their children.
The day include speeches, a play, kids activities, dancing and delicious food provided by Sanaa Alsabag and here new catering company: Green Gardens.
We always enjoy bringing people together and providing a safe inclusive space for everyone. Thank you to all that made the day so special!
Challenging Violence Against Women Project