Last updated: 02 December 2016

Simon Community Scotland is also urging the general public to donate rucksacks and handbags full of essential items, such as food, clothes and toiletries for men and women.


Image: Experts Prove Link between Sanctions & Foodbanks An academic study has proven the link between benefits sanctions and foodbank use. Oxford University experts have mapped official sanctions data against foodbank referrals figures and concluded that a "robust link" exists.   


Justice & Peace Scotland

Striving for Social Justice

The National Commission for Justice and Peace advises the Scottish Bishops' Conference of the Catholic Church in matters relating to social justice, international peace and human rights, and promotes action in these areas.

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Image: Interfaith Week: the Interfaith Food Justice Declaration Event In our blog, Commission member Grace Buckley reports on activities during Interfaith Week

I have to admit that I could not claim any great knowledge of Interfaith Week in the past but this year it really impacted my awareness with two events in particular raising its profile in Glasgow: the launching of Interfaith Glasgow as a separate charity at Glasgow City Chambers on 14th November and the signing of the Interfaith Food Justice Declaration at the new Glasgow Central Gurdwara on 17th November.     Read More...

Image: New Social Outreach Initiative

The Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh marked Scotland’s national day by launching a new social outreach initiative, Caritas Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh.    Read More...

Image: Statement from Bishop Toal on Dungavel replacement

On hearing of the proposed replacement  centre for Dungavel it struck me that the description of it as a "short term holding facillity" indicated an intention to get asylum seekers out of Scotland quickly. If this is the intention it is indeed very worrying and perhaps detrimental to them being given a proper chance to have the necessary legal representation and protection. I add my voice therefore to those who question this proposed new holding centre and it's probable detrimental effects on asylum seekers who have sought refuge in Scotland.

With all good wishes 
+ Joseph Toal

Photo shows Justice and Peace activists at their regular Dungavel solidarity gathering. 
Photo courtesy Carol Clark   
Image: UK Immigration Centres Record 218 Hunger Strikers in Three Months An article in the Guardian states that figures obtained through FoI reveals the scale of desperation among asylum seekers in UK.   
Image: 'Stop Funding Hate' Campaign In our blog, Linda Harwood, a Scottish activist in the Campaign, writes of her involvement
Image: Restrictions on Processing Asylum Claims from Unaccompanied Minors Seeking Sanctuary has published a briefing on the Home Office Guidance on young people.  The government has retrospectively changed to criteria for processing their claims. More than half of them will not even see a start to consideration of their situations. For more information and how to take action, see the Seeking Sanctuary website .   Read More...
Image: Archbishop Romero Memorial Lecture In our blog Sr. Maureen Donohue reflects on this year's lecture

When Fr. Rodolfo Cardenal SJ from El Salvador delivered the 2016 Archbishop Romero Memorial Lecture in St Aloysius College in Glasgow earlier this month, he began with a personal anecdote.
Image:  Greeetings Cards Campaigns
ACAT - Action by Christians Against Torture. The 2016 list of prisoners to whom you might want to send a greetings card has now been issued.  See their website for further details.

CSW - Christian Solidarity Worldwide. The list is available for downloading from the website.   
Image: End Hunger UK This campaign, supported by Church Action on Poverty amongst others, aims to put pressure on government and politicians to take seriously the issue of hunger in the UK. See the campaign's website for more details.   

Simon Community Scotland is also urging the general public to donate rucksacks and handbags full of essential items, such as food, clothes and toiletries for men and women.


Important Resources

Image: TTIP and trade justice
A resource pack on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership for churches.
Produces by Global Justice Now, the pack incorporates prayers, writings and ideas by people from a range of Christian traditions  who share a conviction that trade injustice is a barrier to the fullness of life promised by the kingdom of God.

Image: Justice & Peace Scotland Handbook