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Positive Action in Housing launches Winter Charity Appeal

Positive Action in Housing requests donations to provide essential support to vulnerable people this winter.

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Positive Action in Housing (PAIH) has launched its Winter Charity Appeal to allow it to provide much-needed services throughout the winter period.

On 19 and 20 December, PAIH is running its Annual Winter Destitution Surgery in Glasgow. The aim of the surgery is to reach those in greatest need to see them through the festive season when most services are shut. Last year, PAIH saw almost 300 families and individuals over two days, and it expects a significant increase in demand this year.

PAIH will be accepting referrals from homelessness and refugee organisations including the British Red Cross, the Refugee Council, Freedom from Torture and others.  They will provide crisis payments, travel tokens and food vouchers as well as selection boxes and art materials and books for children, hygiene packs and bus passes. This emergency support will be provided in the week before Christmas and throughout the winter period. 

Glasgow has the biggest asylum population in the UK. Around 1,000 asylum-seekers are affected by potential street destitution. The levels of destitution and hunger are getting worse and the numbers of families needing support have trebled. While Glasgow is the main beneficiary of this appeal, PAIH will also be distributing emergency grants to needy families and vulnerable people across the country.

You can read stories about some of the people PAIH has helped in its annual impact report here.

To provide this appeal, PAIH needs financial donations over Christmas and throughout the winter period. All money will go directly assisting those in need. The gift aid from this appeal will go towards the Destitution Service.

To donate or for more information, please visit the PAIH website.

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