Aberdeen Afghanistan Appeal 

Aberdeen welcomes Afghans to the Granite City

Aberdeen City Council and key partners are assisting Afghan families moving to the UK under a government relocation scheme.  

The rapid escalation of events in Afghanistan accelerated the UK Government’s plans – and the Home Office procured short-term accommodation in the city for more than 100 people.  

The council is among a number of local authorities that is supporting families across the UK during their temporary resettlement.  

The council has joined public and third sector partners in meeting families’ immediate needs whilst working with government to identify more settled accommodation in the UK. 

The Council and key partners are working together to ensure an integrated response that will be co-ordinated and effective.  This includes assessing the needs of each family when they arrive and providing them with a tailored package of support based on their individual needs.   

Once a clear understanding of what is needed on the ground to effectively support the Aberdeen Afghan Families, detailed information will be made available on the Council’s and partners websites and social media channels.  This will enable members of the public and community groups and other interested parties to offer the appropriate support and provide donations of items that will help families settle into life here in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen City Council leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “Caring for vulnerable people, whatever their circumstances, is at the heart of everything we do as a council, and we are proud to be part of this international relocation effort.  

“As an inclusive and outward-looking city, we are assisting Afghan families through this transitional stage and helping them to build a secure future in the UK.” 

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett said: “Aberdeen and the North-east has a long tradition of looking after the vulnerable and disadvantaged, and I’m sure our generous nature will once again be on display. 

“I would encourage everyone to think globally and make the arrivals feel comfortable, welcome and catered for.” 

The Lord Provost added: “The best way to make a direct and meaningful contribution to the welfare of the families is by visiting the crowdfunding page and following the simple instructions.”

ACVO Partnership Manager Susan Morrison said: “There have been many occasions in the past, not least during the pandemic, when Aberdeen’s Community, Voluntary, and Third Sectors have stood up to be counted. ACVO is proud to be playing our part in coordinating the sectors’ responses to this humanitarian effort and looks forward to extending the hand of friendship and support to Afghan families.”  

Susan Morrison added: “We will ensure that we keep the sector informed and coordinate efforts to enable our communities to help provide the support Afghan families need to help them to build a life here in the UK.”

Frequently asked questions 

The temporary accommodation is being paid for by the Home Office.  The Home Office is also providing funding to the Council to meet support costs while the families are in the city. 

There are 24 families comprising of 104 men, women and children. 

Some have, medical needs are being checked on arrival and vaccinations will be arranged as necessary.  
 

The families are in Aberdeen on a temporary basis while settled accommodation is secured.  This resettlement can be in any part of the UK.  We expect to resettle only a small number of families in the city – these could be those in the hotels on temporary basis or could be coming from elsewhere. 
 

We will be able to accommodate a small number of families without applying any special priority.  We have already had offers of support from people in the city. 

Anyone who has witnessed recent scenes in Afghanistan will understand the importance of us coming together to be here for families as they arrive in the UK.  
Caring for vulnerable people, whatever their circumstances, is at the heart of everything we do as a council, and we are proud to be part of this international relocation effort.  
As an inclusive and outward-looking city, we are looking forward to assisting Afghan families through this transitional stage and then helping them to build a secure future in the UK. 

Aberdeen City Council and key partner organisations would like to thank you for your kind offer of support for the Afghan families during their stay in Aberdeen.  

This warmth and generosity of spirit will help Afghan families feel welcomed into our communities whilst the UK Government identifies a more settled home for them, either here in Scotland or elsewhere in the UK.

Currently we are engaging with key partners and collating an integrated response that will be co-ordinated and effective.  We are committed to assessing the needs of each family when they arrive, and then providing them with a tailored package of support based on their individual needs.   

Once we have a clear understanding of what is needed to effectively support the Aberdeen Afghan families, we will make detailed information available on our websites and social media channels. This will enable you to offer support and provide donations of items that will help families settle into life here in Aberdeen.

Also, of interest might be Shared Futures, which is a partnership group of individuals and groups, aiming to promote active welcome and sanctuary in Aberdeen for asylum seekers, refugees and those facing persecution and injustice in the city. They are collecting offers of skills-sharing with New Scots, as well as encouraging people to join their mailing list for news of upcoming events and opportunities. Their next event is on Wednesday 29 September – Welcoming Unaccompanied Asylum- Seeking Children to Aberdeen.

Meanwhile if you would like to make a financial donation to support Aberdeen Afghan Families, however small, the Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust has launched an Aberdeen Afghanistan Appeal.

The Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust has launched an appeal for funds to support Afghan families looking to make a new home in the UK. 

Whilst we understand that many of our communities will want to help support the resettlement by providing goods like food and clothing, these items can often go un-used and we would urge people to instead make donations via the Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust. 

Whilst we appreciate not everyone is in a position to donate to the appeal, we would ask that if you meet any of the Afghan families to give them a warm Aberdeen welcome. 

The rapid escalation of events in Afghanistan accelerated the UK Government’s plans – and the Home Office procured short-term accommodation in the city for more than 100 people.  

The Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust launched the Aberdeen Afghanistan Appeal as part of the City of Aberdeen’s response to an immediate international humanitarian crisis.  

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