Health, disability & well-being

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


Lack of sports equipment has been identified by refugees in our Peer Education Health and Well-Being project as a key barrier to participating in activities which keep people active, reduce extreme isolation and improve mental well-being.

Refugees face significant disadvantage. Having fled from horrific situations around the world they are often living in areas of multiple deprivation, with difficulties being part of their community due to lack of English Language skills, low income, and limited social connections.

The Peer Education project by Scottish Refugee Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde empowers refugees and asylum seekers through two methods. Firstly, training Peer Educators to become skilled facilitators supports Peer Educators to make use of their capabilities and develop skills highly relevant to employment in Scotland.

Secondly, Peer Educators, once trained, then support local groups of refugees and asylum seekers. Groups learn and share knowledge on how to access their local health services, have a chance to consider their own health difficulties and work together to mobilise and use their assets to develop group activities to improve their health. Refugee groups are encouraged by Peer Educators to consider whether their activities are sustainable and accessible for all members of their group. After a few sessions groups become independent of the Peer Educator, undertaking sports and well-being activities as a group.

Through this project, we know that physical activity is the main solution identified by refugees to address their health concerns but not having basic sports equipment such as football boots, swim suits and walking shoes prevents them using their local sports facilities and get started on improving their health.

Peer Educator, Elahe Ziai, explains that refugee groups make an Action Plan on how to stay active but that no money for equipment is a barrier to taking action. If funds were available “it’s a big difference.. (participants) would have community of their own, reduce depression, isolation.. it would be helpful”.

Refugees can be living on as little as £5 a day and can therefore lack funds to travel to health and well-being sessions as highlighted in our evaluation report. This can prevent the most vulnerable people from accessing the programme. If successful we will use some funds to support refugees from the local community with travel expenses to access health and well-being sessions with a refugee Peer Educator.

Aviva Community funding for ‘Sports Gear for Social Change’ of £2721 would allow the Peer Education Health and Well-Being project to provide 60 refugees in Glasgow the chance to attend 4 well-being sessions and receive basic sports equipment that they need to get started on their own activities.

Vote for ‘Sports Gear for Social Change’ and Scottish Refugee Council today. Empower refugees to break down isolation and improve their own health through sports participation in their own communities.

Scottish Refugee Council

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Peer Education Health project by Scottish Refugee Council supports refugees to use their own skills and knowledge to help other refugees access services and support they need. Refugee Peer educators are trained on health rights and support their peers to take collective action to live healthy lives.

Location: Glasgow