Highland Migrant and Refugee Advocacy

This new project has a focus on empowering migrants and refugees to speak out and seek support.  Building  on the findings from Birchwood Highland's 'Migrant Matters' research,  this project will seek to fulfil the need for support services to be enduring, community based and community led.  See our Migrant Matters film below.

Immigration can have a profound physical and psychological impact on people which affects mental health and well-being.  Highland Migrant and Refugee Advocacy aims to challenge the stigma around mental health and hopes to support migrants and refugees to have a voice and seek support when they need it, particularly through advocacy and peer support.

It is the project's aim to develop an advocacy training package to train volunteer advocates, from migrant and refugee communities who can support a number of migrants and refugees in the Highland area.  

We believe that those with direct experience of migration have a particularly valuable expertise and are best suited to educate and support others.  Through training volunteers from migrant and refugee communities, we hope that we can reach and support more vulnerable, yet valuable people.  Over the course of the project we will develop drop-in sessions in various locations across Highland, as well as establishing community hubs where people can access support and advice.  By establishing a safe space to connect, share knowledge, access information and supports to reach potential - we aim to support migrants and refugees from all backgrounds to have a vibrant voice in the Highlands. 

If you'd like to find out more about this project, please contact the team:

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Highland Migrant and Refugee Advocacy

Birchwood Highland based at SHIMCA Office
1 Ardconnel  Terrace

Telephone: (01463) 236507

Project Manager: Dr Clare Daly
T. 07849398141

Community Development Worker: Franci Hutchison
T. 07388995107

Advocacy Worker:  Tiffany Bottomley
T. 07388990798



Highland Migrant and Refugee Advocacy are looking for Peer Support volunteers. If you think that this could be an opportunity suited for you, you can find the full details below.

Peer Support Role

Volunteer Application Form

Please send any enquiries and your completed application to tiffany.bottomley@birchwoodhighland.org.uk or 07388990798

This project is funded by the Scottish Government 'Aspiring Communities' grant, which is part funded by the European Social Fund.