Funding update – we’ve hit a significant milestone in our fundraising efforts – the equivalent of 100 supporters donating £10 per month. PLUS – we have received news this week that we are through to the second stage of grant applications for Tudor Trust and Big Lottery. Big rejoicing in the office today!
Thanks to everyone who has responded so positively to the appeal sent out at the beginning of the month – we now have the equivalent of over 90 supporters committed to giving £10 per month – with Gift Aid added, that’s worth over £12,750 per year. We’re looking to have a supporter base of around 300 people committed to giving £10 per month, so still some way to go yet. In addition, we’ve had almost £1,000 of one-off donations and many of our volunteers have more ideas to raise funds.
Please do continue to ‘spread the message and raise the money.’
Date for your diary:
Friday 5th September 2014 – BRR Benefit Gig at Trinity Arts Centre, featuring lots of music and lots of food! Trinity have very generously given us the venue for free for the evening and we hope this will be a great evening. Our members are particularly involved in organising this event – more details to follow.
The Welcome Centre still needs funds to stay open!
Over 8 years BRR has built a community of hope, solidarity and trust. BRR is a place where people can rebuild their lives. We support people through a tough, complicated and often cruel asylum process. We work together to challenge injustice.
This unique, diverse and vibrant place has the power to change people’s lives. But we are facing a funding crisis. We are doing everything we can to raise money and we need you to help us. If 300 people gave a small amount each month that would be enough to keep the Welcome Centre open one full day a week, plus two days of our English classes. Be part of the 300 to keep BRR open! DONATE NOW
“The Welcome Centre is my community … it is my hope entirely.”
“After I lost my life in my country because of was, BRR has become my second life.”
“When I am here I forget all my worries.”
Could you commit to giving regularly? Even small regular donations could keep this vital service open:
- £5 a month pays for one member to have a cooked meal in each week, in a safe place among friends.
* For 16% of our member this is the only cooked meal they eat each week. *
- £10 a month pays for one advocacy session to help a member with their claim for asylum
* Many of the people using this service are destitute, with no recourse to public funds. 99% are happy with the support they get from BRR. *
- £25 a month provides support for volunteering opportunities for BRR members
* 80% of member-volunteers say volunteering has helped them to feel better about themselves. *