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.”