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The Ubuntu Women Shelter is the first dedicated shelter in the UK that provides short term accomodation for women with no recourse to public funds. We are also the first night shelter run and managed only by people with direct experience of the asylum, immigration system and destitution.

We are located in Glasgow and between us have more than 10 years of shared experience supporting undocumented women.

Ubuntu is defined by our no borders ethos and we see the shelter as active ongoing resistance to the dehumanising and brutalising effects of borders.

Ubuntu is designed to meet the unique and pressing needs of women who excluded from accessing homelessness and welfare services and housing. These include:

  • non-EEA women with limited leave to remain (students, asylum seekers pending a final resolution of their claims);
  • women who have status but face delays in accessing benefits;
  • citizens and women with leave to remain but no access to housing benefits and welfare.

We welcome all women (cis and trans) and non-binary folks, including sex-workers.

We are open to all faiths and religious persuations.

For volunteering and paid work opportunities please contact us:

If you wish to support our work, please consider making a donation here


Ubuntu Women Shelter is a Scottish Charity regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)