The good cause in St Mark’s during July and August is The Refugee Survival Trust. This is a volunteer-led charity that provides grants to asylum claimants and refugees living in Scotland. It was set up in 1996 by a number of concerned individuals, as a reaction to the problem of refugees and people who claim asylum, and are being made destitute in Scotland. The Refugee Survival Trust provides grants to asylum claimants and refugees living in Scotland.
At the service at St Mark’s on 11 October 2015, Sarah Tolley (fundraiser) and Agatha Kai-Kai (trustee) spoke movingly about the work of The Refugee Survival Trust. They explained that the charity had provided small grants via other refugee agencies, so that in 2014, they were able to help sixty-three refugee families in Scotland.
The congregation was most impressed by Sarah and Agatha’s presentations and a special collection was taken on that day. Subsequently the decision was made to support The Refugee Survival Trust by way of one of our good causes this year.
The Refugee Survival Trust's aims and objectives are to:
- provide an immediate response to asylum seekers and refugees who apply for assistance.
- increase opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers to be active citizens.
- raise awareness of the issues facing asylum seekers and refugees.
- contribute to the development of policy and good practice with reference to refugees and asylum seekers.