Dear all,

SUPPORTING EU CITIZENS IN OUR COMMUNITIES

As it becomes increasingly likely that the UK will start the process of leaving the European Union within the next few months, the Church and Society Council would like to highlight a number of resources that may be of use to your local congregation and to EU citizens that you may know as part of your community.

The Scottish Government has produced a package of practical support and advice to help support people from other parts of the EU at what we know is an anxious and uncertain time for many. The materials they have produced includes information on the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme.

The Stay in Scotland materials consists of:

  • £250,000 of dedicated resource for community based support across Scotland
  • A support and advice service for EU citizens with more complex needs or particular challenges. This is currently being rolled out with more information available at www.cas.org.uk/brexit.
  • A toolkit for employers to support their EU staff in Scotland, a Guide for EU citizens, posters, factsheets, and leaflets are also available to share and download at www.gov.scot//stayinscotland
  • Social media activity encouraging use of the hashtag #stayinscotland

Hard copies of posters, leaflets, factsheets, and EU citizen and employer toolkits are also available on request.

I hope this may be of use at this time of uncertainty for many of our friends and neighbours.

With my ongoing admiration and best wishes,

Rev Dr Martin Johnstone

Council Secretary of the Church and Society Council

mjohnstone@churchofscotland.org.uk