This activity report describes the activities the Citizens Rights Project have carried out over in 2022. A major part of those activities are still related to programme of support for EU citizens to obtain settled status with funding from the Scottish Government, Justice Together Initiative and the Home Office.
In this document, we also include information about the factsheets on welfare rights for EU nationals in Scotland developed with the financial support from the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations; our activities to raise awareness about the Windrush Schemes in Scotland, also with funding from the Home Office; and our pilot project to provide housing support to Italian nationals in Scotland, funded by the People’s Postcode Trust and the Italian Comites.
In 2022, as the lockdown was lifted and the risks of the pandemic decreased, we resumed our face-to-face activity. Online meetings, appointments and events have proven very efficient client and helpful, and we have now incorporated this as a common practice in our organisation.
We were able to develop these activities thanks to a small, but very committed team of 5 to 7 members of staff (most of them working part-time) and 53 volunteers, 34 of which are OISC Level 1 (limited to the EUSS) advisers, who worked incredibly
hard to make sure our services reached as many citizens as possible, to avoid leaving anyone behind. Close cooperation with other organisations providing EUSS support, with local authorities, consulates, third sector organisations and grassroots and community organisations from different areas of Scotland, but also UK-wide, is still a key aspect of the success of our services.