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Syrian refugees

Syrian families are currently being re-settled in central Aberdeenshire. The Church of Scotland has been able to assist in the planning and preparation for this. Some specific needs were identified as they arrived, and all those initial needs were met.  The families and support workers are extremely grateful. Thank you to all those who gave so generously. We know that many of you are keen to help and as more families are settled in the future we will keep you informed of specific needs.

Meanwhile there are other ways that you can help.

The Aberdeenshire donations plan:-
How to Donate:
1. Money
A corporate account has been set up with North East Scotland Credit Union (NESCU) and is overseen by representatives of the Church of Scotland and the Aberdeenshire Partner Refugee Group. Cheques payable to NESCU. Payments by on-line transfer using: S/c 608301 acct 20139906. When using this process you must put your name and 10017 as reference for the payment. Contact NESCU on 01224 899688/0300 66 63728 or email

2. Accommodation
Our Syrian ‘New Scots’ families will be housed appropriately for their needs. If you have a property you would consider renting to Aberdeenshire Council for this purpose, contact Home stays will not be considered but if you have a room in your house that you would like to offer to a refugee, you can register with Positive Action in Housing’s Room for Refugees project

3. Furniture, equipment, toys & clothing
Furniture, equipment, toys and clothing to donate: contact Magpie Inverurie on 01467 268087 or

4. Food, drinks & toiletries
Aberdeenshire North Foodbank and CFINE will coordinate donations of food, drinks and toiletries. Contact Aberdeenshire North Foodbank: 07967 364600 or CFINE: 01224 596156 or

5. Volunteering
To find out if there are volunteering opportunities in your community, visit Volunteering Scotland at and enter in your postcode. Alternatively, contact Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA) on 01467 626060 or Information about how to help with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), email Community Learning & Development at

For more information, please contact the Syrian Refugee Coordinator