Please note, our most up-to-date information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thehighlandssupportrefugees
The Highlands Support Refugees have been sending aid, food and love to refugees since September 2015. We are a 100% volunteer effort, stretching from Moray to Shetland, and many towns and villages in between – a testament to the generosity and compassion of the people of the Highlands. We don’t have a permanent premises, instead holding pop up sorting days at various locations. We announce details on the banner at the top of our Facebook page and through Facebook events posted on the page.
What we do: collecting donations of clothing and sorting them into categories (men’s trousers small etc), sorting toiletries, baby bottles and nappies, sleeping bags, tents, socks and shoes; then lovingly packing them all into labelled boxes. At the moment we are not holding sorting shifts so donations are mounting up. If you are able to keep hold of donations till we can recommence sorting shifts we would be most grateful.
Sending aid: once packed we transport donations to the refugees most in need. They are all in need of our help, but at times, some more than others. We keep in touch with volunteers working in camps in Europe to understand the current needs and raise funds to pay for the transport of aid too. We have dispatched aid to Dunkerque, Calais, Chios, Lesvos, Athens, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria and will continue to do this as long as we are needed.
We mostly send aid in 40ft containers and have sent around 200 tonnes so far. From time-to-time we also contribute to national collections for other organisations too, such as the Choose Love October Appeal – just have a look!
Community engagement: In addition to sending aid, we work with local communities resettling refugees. We also engage with local schools, churches and clubs, helping to educate people on the refugee crisis.
We are all Highlanders with big hearts, seeking to make a difference to displaced people who need us. You can support refugees too;
donate aid, donate money, donate time