Early Years Project
A creche for refugees and asylum seekers Bristol Refugee Rights is the first port of call for the majority of asylum seeking and refugee families coming to Bristol. At the Early…
Bristol Refugee Rights drop-in English classes run year round and cater for complete beginners through to university level learners. The classes run at the same time as our crèche (Early Years Project) so that members’ children can be cared for while they participate.
In addition to English classes we also run weekly computer and literacy classes. Other courses run with our partner organisations include Everyday First Aid with the Red Cross, Food Hygiene Training with Virtual College and Creative Writing with Bath Spa University. We also organise a range of trips throughout the year; these can be as varied as outdoor education at a community farm, learning to kayak and visiting the Houses of Parliament.
All our classes are taught by a team of dedicated and skilled volunteer teachers, supported and supervised by the BRILL project manager.
The classes are:
We run our classes for our refugee and asylum seeker members. To find out more about who is eligible to become a Bristol Refugee Rights member please read the FAQ Page.
BRILL classes are essential for our members who cannot access other college and community run classes. Asylum seekers must wait for 6 months before they are eligible to attend accredited ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes . Refused asylum seekers are ineligible altogether. We are not accredited to teach English and Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications, therefore we can offer our classes to people who would be excluded from these courses.
Few local education providers offer on-site crèche spaces . Government funding cuts have also reduced statutory crèche provision and increased waiting lists for crèche spaces. Bristol Refugee Rights have avoided government cuts by funding our crèche through donations. We run our crèche at the same time as our classes, which allows members with children pre-school children to attend.
BRILL is funded by the Henry Smith Charity until March 2019.