Annika Joy is our Programme Director for Ending Destitution, leading our Scotland-wide response to homelessness caused by immigration control.
Annika joined Simon Community Scotland after three years as CEO of Safe in Scotland, where she led the transformation from an emergency night shelter into Scotland’s only 24/7 holistic, emergency response service for destitute asylum seekers. Safe in Scotland became part of Simon Community Scotland in 2022, as part of our shared vision to reach people who do not have recourse to public funds.
Back in 1999, she was just starting work in Scotland when refugee dispersal to Glasgow began and spent more than 15 years ensuring social and cultural rights, delivering major projects for the British Museum. Science Museum Group and Glasgow Life (Burrell Collection Redevelopment).
Her move back to Glasgow was the catalyst for more volunteering with asylum seekers facing extreme hardship, and before she knew it, she’d closed her last museum showcase and committed full time to human rights for all migrants.
Talk to her about anti-racism in homelessness and New Scots.
If you can’t find her, she’ll be in the sea, or near it, with an ice cream.