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Ypeople service wins national award

We’re sure our supporters will be excited to hear that Ypeople has secured a prestigious national award in recognition of a comprehensive support service we provide for asylum seekers and their families.

In June we were awarded with a Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Care Accolade for Ycommunity – a free-of-charge social and educational service provided to Glasgow’s asylum seeking community. Operating out of two properties in the north of the city, Ycommunity provides a space for asylum seekers to meet, socialise and obtain access to much needed support services, such as English classes, translators, computers and the internet.

The service also provides asylum seekers – who are not permitted to undertake paid employment - with key household and lifestyle items, such as food, clothes, games and books.

The SSSC Care Accolades celebrate the work that social service workers across Scotland undertake every day. The awards recognise the best social service projects, teams and organisations.

Ypeople’s Director of Operations, Maria Mackay, said: “It is a real achievement for us to receive this prestigious SSSC Care Accolade for our Ycommunity service.

“The service was established after we held a consultation with asylum seekers and their families in Glasgow which identified a real demand for this type of service. As with all of our support services, this project encourages self help and self determination and promotes health and wellbeing within a very vulnerable and under resourced group.

“This award is true recognition of all the hard work that Ypeople staff, service users and volunteers put into this extremely worthwhile project.”

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