The Welcome Centre is open at the Malcolm X Community Centre, 141 City Road, St Paul's, Bristol, BS2 8YH (map) on: Wednesday 10.00 am - 12.30 pm Thursday 10.00 am…
Our weekly drop in English classes run year round, catering for complete beginners through to university level learners and run in conjunction with our on-site preschool crèche. Classes are all taught by a team of dedicated and skilled volunteer teachers, supported and supervised by the BRILL project manager.
BRILL classes are essential for our members who cannot access college or other community classes. Asylum seekers must wait for 6 months before they are eligible to attend accredited ESOL classes (English for Speakers of Other Languages), refused asylum seekers are ineligible altogether. There are very few on-site crèche spaces offered by local providers and government cuts to funding have reduced statutory provision and increased waiting lists.
In addition to English we run weekly computer and literacy classes and regular partnership courses, including most recently, Everyday First Aid with the Red Cross, Food Hygiene Training with Virtual College and Creative Writing with Bath Spa University. We organise a range of trips throughout the year, which can be as varied as outdoor education at a community farm, learning to kayak and visiting the Houses of Parliament.
BRILL is funded by the Henry Smith Charity until March 2019.