Bute is likely home for Syrian refugees

Expressions of support and of willingness to help refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria have been received from communities throughout Argyll and Bute.
Expressions of support and of willingness to help refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria have been received from communities throughout Argyll and Bute.

Bute has been identified as one of the areas in Argyll and Bute most suitable to provide a home for refugee families fleeing the conflict in Syria - and the first families could be here by Christmas.

An event in Rothesay last month invited island residents to suggest ways in which they might be able to help some of the 20 or more refugee families set to be welcomed to Argyll and Bute.

That local event has now been followed by an area-wide attempt by the Argyll and Bute community planning partnership to set up a ‘skills bank’ to identify and put to good use the help offered so far.

Bute councillor and Argyll and Bute provost Len Scoullar said: “I know how very friendly, supportive and welcoming people in Argyll and Bute can be. This has been obvious in the huge amount of support already shown in communities across the area for those seeking refuge from Syria.

“In response to and in partnership with that support, Argyll and Bute, working with the Scottish Government, will be one of 20 council areas expected to welcome Syrian families by Christmas.

“With our partners we have identified that there is available accommodation and support on Bute and in Campbeltown and it is likely that our first families will be welcomed into those communities.”

The council has already set up a Refugee Resettlement Group which is making arrangements for where families will live, and for meeting other basic requirements. If you have goods, skills or other practical help you would like to offer families, please visit www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/argyll-and-bute-welcomes-refugees, email morag.brown@argyll-bute.gov.uk or call 01546 604199 for more information.