Motion ref. S5M-24065
Refuweegee Supporting Communities Throughout the Pandemic
Submitted by: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Colin Beattie, Bob Doris, James Dornan, Annabelle Ewing, John Finnie, Kenneth Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Pauline McNeill, Gil Paterson, David Torrance
That the Parliament commends the incredible efforts of the staff and volunteers at Glasgow Kelvin-based Refuweegee in providing emergency support packs of food, toiletries and entertainment to people across Glasgow with their no-questions-asked text service; understands that many foodbanks across the city have had to reduce their capacity or close due to the impact of the pandemic on the number of volunteers available, which has left many families struggling; believes Refuweegee’s delivery services have been a lifeline, having reached over 15,000 people so far and currently delivering around 150 support packs a week to families in need; notes that their services have adapted during the pandemic to meet the needs of the local communities they support, including the distribution of technology, mobile phones and clothing, and thanks all staff and volunteers for their commitment to providing assistance and support to families and individuals who have struggled throughout the pandemic.